Welcome to the first Discussions at Dawn. This is where I will talk about hot button issues, book related topics, and other things I find interesting.
It’s OK to DNF
There is a huge taboo against DNF’ing a book. Some book bloggers and readers are for it, and some are against it. As you can tell from the title I am the former. It’s OK guys, it really is. When I first started blogging I thought of DNF’ing a book as a negative habit. I would sit there and force my self through a book I just wasn’t into anymore. This would result in me being in a sour mood and negatively effecting my review. It wasn’t until months later when I was reading a fantasy book I received from the publisher for review that I decided it was time for my first DNF. I could not get through this book for the life of me. It was the best feeling ever. Here is why:
Saves You Time
The reason I say it saves you time is because your time as a reader/blogger is very valuable. So why waste it on a book that you are absolutely not loving. Move on, there are other amazing books you can spend your precious reading time indulging in. I know this is the case for me. I work a full time job, which means 40+ hours a week I am grueling away. That doesn’t leave very much time to spend reading. So I treat my reading time with care. I don’t waste it forcing myself through a book.
Better Moods & Less Stress
Back when I didn’t DNF a book because I thought that was a negative habit, I would be in very sour moods. I would dread picking up the book I wasn’t loving and giving me unnecessary stress. I was giving myself frown wrinkles and that is not a pretty sight. But now that I do DNF books that I’m just not into, I go into better books with a brighter mood. I don’t remember when I last stressed about reading a book. No more frown wrinkles or furrowed brows. Only smiles of enjoyment!
Prevents Reading Slumps
I used to get into the biggest reading slumps ever. Last year after forcing myself through a dreadful book, I unknowingly was putting myself into a two month reading slump. I just could not pick up another book after forcing myself through a book I should have DNF’d after 30%. Now that I am OK with DNF’ing a book I haven’t had a reading slump all year. It’s a system that works for me, so hopefully it works for you as well!
Don’t Feel Bad
I get it. As bloggers we get a lot of books to read for review purposes. We feel obligated to read them all, even the ones we are not enjoying. But put it this way. I would rather DNF a book, give my reasons and NOT provide a bad star review then end up giving the book a 1 or 2 star because I absolutely hated the reading experience. Don’t feel bad about DNF’ing. I’m sure an author would rather you DNF their book rather then giving them a horrible review for others to read.
Again I want to stress that it is OK to DNF a book. It is not bad karma and you mind and body will thank you for it. No one wants to force themselves to do anything. Maybe start off small and put the book down for a while and pick it back up. Whatever works for you!
Until next time,