I love reading blog posts and watching Youtube videos about the books people are DNFing. Mainly because that gives me some idea as to their thoughts on the book, the pace of the book and whether I should pick it up for myself.
Which got me thinking, although I find the topic really helpful, I’ve never actually DNF’d a book. Ever. In my life. And maybe I should…
There are so, so many books out there that I want to read and I always panic that I’ll never have enough time in my life to read them all. So why shouldn’t I be more selective about the books I choose to spend my time on?
I love the power that DNFing can give you – you literally hold the power in your hands to decide what receives your attention and what doesn’t. It’s a form of empowerment, and yet I don’t take that opportunity.
I’ve racked my brains to think of some reasons why I don’t do this, and here they are!
#1 Too much willpower
I think perhaps I might have a little too much persistence and willpower. I’ve always been very strong-willed, even as a child. And, even as a child, I would always finish the book I was reading. If I get half-way through a book and realise that I’m not really connecting with the characters or the plotline, I’ll always think “oh, let me just give it another 100 pages to see if it picks up a little”. And before I know it, I’ve reached the end of the book. Although persistence is a good trait to have in life, maybe not so much in this case and maybe I’ve too forgiving to these books. I’m definitely a perfectionist and the thought of stopping something that I’ve started halfway through fills me with nervousness.
#2 That feeling of finishing a book
I love the feeling of closing the final page of a book and feeling a sense of achievement that you’ve been on a whole journey and are now coming to the end. Even when I was younger, I never used to read multiple books at the same time simply because I loved that linear process of choosing a book, starting a book, finishing a book, choosing another one.
#3 I spend a long time picking and choosing my books
I spend a long time (some would say too much time) picking and choosing the books that I want to dedicate my time to. I know what kind of books I like. I know what to look out for in a plot, characters, setting, writing style. I’m always open to trying new things and branch out a bit more with my reading, but ultimately, even reading the blurb of a book that’s a little different for me I can still always pick out aspects that I know I’ll enjoy. If the blurb of a book doesn’t give me anything at all, no indication in the slightest that I’ll enjoy it, then I’ll simply not pick it up.
Do you DNF books? Does it work for you?
Thanks for reading!
Love, Zoë xx