Stop & Chat Saturday


Stop & Chat is a weekly discussion post here at Read. Sleep. Repeat. where we talk about what ever tickles my fancy!

This week’s Stop & Chat is something that causes a lot of controversy in the book blogging world. And personally I’ve had people make comments about it here on my blog.


I never thought, that such a simple act would cause such controversy! Especially since everyone has their own reason for deciding to DNF a book! Personally I’ll DNF a book with little fuss or flare. I’ve always believed that there are way too many good books out there for me to FORCE myself through one that I’m just not enjoying. And yes I even feel this way about ARC’s. No this isn’t me saying I read 20 pages and call it quits (usually it’s never that bad) but if after 100 or so pages I know I’m not going to enjoy it, I push it to the side and review what I read and why I made the DNF call. And you know what? THAT’S MY CALL! I think it’s utterly ridiculous for someone to attempt to pass judgement on me for making that call, and I think it’s equally ridiculous for them to tell me I should be “ashamed for attempting to review a book I didn’t even read”. If you know me you know 3 very important facts about me:

  1. I don’t give two cents about what anyone thinks of me.
  2. My goal is to have fun.
  3. I do what I want. End of discussion.

People who attempt to belittle my decision to DNF, while annoying, do nothing to help their case. I never rate a book I DNF and I always explain why I DNF. If that’s not enough for some people I suggest they unfollow, unsubscribe, and ignore me in general.

OK, so obviously I was feeling some kind of way about this discussion! But I’m ok now. So tell me, what are your DNF policies and views.


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24 thoughts on “Stop & Chat Saturday ~ DNF’s ~”

  1. People actually give you a hard time for DNFing? That’s … really kind of dumb. I don’t DNF as much as some, true, but I also think that people have a right to stop reading a book whenever they feel like it. And they can review/rate those DNFs, too, even if I myself don’t. (I just mark them “unfinished” on Goodreads and leave it at that.) I love how people feel like they have the right to tell other bloggers how to blog.

    My personal philosophy is, if I know I’m not going to like something, it’s better for me to DNF than give a negative review (and I do this with ARCs/e-galleys, too). It’s a personal belief that I can’t review a book I didn’t finish, but I don’t think AT ALL that others should follow the same policy. Blogging is all about finding what works for you individually, and I think your DNF policy is another example of that.
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  2. EXACTLY! Blogging is such a personal thing that it’s ridiculous for people to believe that everyone’s system should be the same! I love that you would rather DNF that write a negative review. It’s just another reminder that blogging is something that’s different on a case by case level.
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  3. I agree 100%, I think it’s absurd of someone to belittle another just because they chose to DNF a book. It’s their time, their choice, I don’t think anyone has the right to say that you shouldn’t have DNFed and so on. We all have our own opinions, not everyone is going to share yours. I think DNFing is fine as long as your review states it is a DNF review but where you post it is entirely up to you.

    Great post Octavia! 😀
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  4. Thanks Charlotte! I never thought much about DNF, because I always explain why the book didn’t work for me personally. I mean we all review differently why can’t we blog differently too?!

    Thanks for sharing your awesomeness today! 🙂
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  5. If I don’t like a book, I DNF it. The end. I really don’t care if people agree, because I do whatever I want. If I don’t enjoy a book, I don’t see why I should force myself to finish it. I’m not an easy DNF-er and I like to give books enough chance to impress me, but sometimes it’s just enough 🙂 I’m always interested to see those reviews, as long as people let me know it’s about a DNF book. Great post!
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  6. Hm, I see your point and I agree. If you’re sure you’re not going to enjoy a book, why continue? I DNF very few books. I suffer from that terrible sickness where I’m so naive to think that a book might get better if I just stick with it… it’s wrong on many levels, but I’m still hoping ;D

    And the reactions of others… I don’t think they’re right at all. That’s what pisses me off in some readers – if someone didn’t like the book they liked/loved, they get all prissy about it and sometimes even pick up fights. I’ve seen people DNF my favorite books, but I’ve never really thought to engage in a verbal fight with them over it or comment at all. What’s the point? Different people, different tastes.

    Anyway, sorry for the ramble 😀 In summary, I agree with your point and people with negative reactions towards those who DNF a book should just keep it to themselves. No one really cares anyway.
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  7. I agree with you 100%. Why anyone would think it’s okay to criticize someone’s personal reading choices is beyond me. Everybody reads differently, there isn’t a wrong or right way. I very rarely DNF a book, but when I do I usually read at least 30-40% of it and if I’m not invested by that point I know it’s going to be a DNF and I stop wasting my time on something I’m not enjoying. I do however rate what I read, and sometimes I review it although not often.
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  8. Thank you. I do give you bonus points for making it 40% in before calling it quits though. I have the attention span of a squirrel so if it hasn’t grabbed me in 100-200 pages I’m out lol.
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  9. It is so sad that something so preferential is a source of much unnecessary controversy and drama.  You do what you want on your blog. I do not like posting DNF reviews on my blog, but that has never stopped me from supporting a blogger. If that were the case, I’d probably read a fraction of the blogs I do now. There are times when I just cannot endure a book, mostly because of wonky writing. It has happened  to twice, and I am positive it will happen again.

    Despite not finishing books, I do not share them on my blog simply because that barely happens. Why do I barely encounter DNFs? Easy. I have a high tolerance to flaw-riddled books. Lol. A book has to be really awful for me to put it down. I do not think it is a waste of my time to do so either. You think it’s a waste of time, and that’s your decision. At the end of the day, no one can dictate what we can do with our time. Nor can they judge how we spend it. I can spend my time counting sand grains if I want. 
    Had I felt that it were a waste, I would encounter more DNFs. 

    Another profound reason why I don’t share them is because if I want to show my displeasure for a book, I want to be able to justify it as much as I can. I find that if I were to write DNF reviews for the two books I mentioned. I’d barely have anything to say. After all, the problems were the poor writing. That would be one opinion, and I feel that it would be too little to share on my blog. I do share it on Goodreads though. Had I encountered more DNFs, I’d probably join all of them together, and then share them on my blog so they look less lonely. Hehe.    

    What irks me though is when people do not emphasize that their review is not based on an entire book. It should be distinct that your review is a DNF one. I have seen someone try to write a review as though they read the entire book. How did I know this? Let’s just say the reviewer mentioned  plot devices that were not present at all. =.=
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  10. Wait, they wrote a review on a book they didn’t even finish as IF they finished said book?! That’s low! At least when I “review” a DNF I say hey I couldn’t finish this because x, y, z.

    Anywho, I totally get and respect your views and preference. It’s a personal choice anyway, and technically it doesn’t effect me so why do other people throw up such a stink about it?! Crazy people!! *runs away screaming*
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  11. Reading is so subjective that it’s hard to understand why we get on each other’s cases for hating a book others have liked. I agree that life’s too short, and there are too many fabulous books, to waste time on a book that’s not doing it for you!
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  12. Why thank you Jennifer! I think that a lot of people do indeed forget that reading is subjective, and of course everyone wants their favorite book to be EVERYONES favorite book so you have that driving a lot of people too.
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  13. I’m just one of those that needs to finish a book no matter what. I might end up doing massive amounts of skimming, but I’ll finish it. I do need to start realizing it’s okay to mark a book DNF.

    Please, reading is subjective. If someone is going to belittle you for not finishing a book they need to move on. There’s so many important things to get upset about and someone not finishing a book, etc isn’t one of them. World peace isn’t going to hang in the balance because of a DNF book.
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  14. It took me FOREVER to finally decide that some books really deserved my DNF stamp. I honestly felt that I had to finish a book or else the world would some how explode. Look at how wrong I was lol.

    And I agree with you. There are so many other things in the world that deserves that energy, and my decision to DNF is not one of them.
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  15. I wholeheartedly agree with you! I’ll DNF a book if/when I want to, because ‘hey it’s my book’ so I think I’m allowed to do what I want when I want to do with it, and no one can tell me otherwise.
    I don’t do DNF reviews though, but sometimes leave a few lines on Goodreads.
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  16. I definitely DNF books that bore me to death! And I feel I am totally entitled to write a review explaining why the book as a DNF. Some bloogers tell me that I shouldn’t write a review on a book I didn’t actually finish because sometimes the end is good, characters redeem themselves, etc., etc., etc.

    Well, I don’t care about that. I am not going to waste my precious time with a book to see if a character that I totally hate now changes at the end. Besides, your percpetion of “redeeming” might not be the same as mine. In my world, lame, whiny, useless characters can only redeem themselves by dying. And how many authors are willing to take that chance?

    So, like you say, too many good books out there and so little time to read them all!

    Oh! And I do rate books I DNF. I gave them one star because… well, GoodReads hasn’t invented the negative stars system yet.
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  17. 33% is usually my deciding point. I review if I’m inclined and have a strong opinion, otherwise I just say why I didn’t finish it and move on. I basically do whatever suits me depending on my reaction to a book. I actually just finished a book that I should’ve DNFed because it had such deep issues I wanted to address them properly.
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  18. Tell um’ Octavia!
    I actually don’t DNF books…I just can’t. I chalk it up to OCD. I can put a book down for extended periods but I’ll always come back and try again. I even finish the books I hate and trust me, most do NOT get better. It’s something I’m working on though because like you said there are too many good books out there to worry about the bad ones.
    There is definitely no shame in DNF a book or reviewing it, it’s your opinion and if they have a problem there is a little ‘x’ in the top corner they can click.
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  19. I guilt trip myself when I want to DNF a book, especially if it’s an ARC. Which I really shouldn’t do because… you’ve SEEN my ARC list! It’s like a digital paper mountain! I’m currently in the middle of two books I’m just not enjoying (one a novel and one a cookbook) and rather than DNFing them and moving on to something better, I keep flipping back and forth between them a few pages at a time, hoping I will eventually be done with them. I’m not even sure why I make myself finish books I don’t like. Maybe so I can rate and review them, although I could review them just fine without finishing. I’m kinda waiting to see if this novel picks up and gets interesting at ANY point, especially since I was so excited to read it to begin with. But a large part of me just doesn’t see that happening.

    As for people giving you crap for DNFing a book… until they are paying you to determine what you read/don’t read, and what hours you do it, they can go mind their own business. So much hate for busybodies.

    3. “I do what I want. End of discussion.” lol <3
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