This is something that's been on my mind lately, so I wanted to discuss this with everyone to get other people's opinions.
I really used to hate DNFing books. I used to believe that if I wasted my money on it, I had to finish it. If I accepted it from a publisher, I had to finish it. If I invested any time in it at all past the first chapter, I had to finish it. But I realized that DNFing books is simply part of being a book blogger because you can't force yourself through something that is making you struggle so immensely.
This epiphany came after I was sick for 9 days. I was unable to read at all during those 9 days, so I was really excited to pick up a book again. The first book I decided to pick up because it was next in line? NAMELESS by Lili St. Crow. This book was marketed as a Snow White re-telling. I was really excited for it, but I quickly began to dislike what I was reading and I chose to DNF on page 102 after reading an excerpt that had me shaking my head and going, "enough is enough." So that's just what I did.
But then I was struck with a huge question...
What do you do after you DNF a book?
Do you just forget about it, mark it as DNF on Goodreads and move on? Do you review it negatively as if you didn't DNF it? Do you explain why you DNF it? I've seen different bloggers do all of these things. This is really a case where to each is their own. So, I decided to share my thoughts about why I chose to DNF NAMELESS.
The entire purpose of my blog was to use this a memory-book almost of my thoughts on books. I created this blog because I would find that I was having trouble remembering prequels when their sequels came out a year later. I have no problem sharing my negative views in a positive manner and I want my thoughts to be recorded, so in a review-style format I recorded why I chose to DNF and included the excerpt that ended it all. You can find that here.
Will I post it on Goodreads for others to see? Yes, they're my thoughts. But to avoid any drama I openly acknowledged that my thoughts are based off of the third of the book that I read and I openly admitted the page number of where I left off. If any huge twists change any of what I wrote later on in the book, I'm unaware of it because I did not read that far. And honestly, I feel good doing this, knowing my thoughts are still getting out there in a detailed manner because I want them out there, but I'm unsure if I'm doing it in a proper way.
What do you do with your DNF books? What do you think of my new solution? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!