Yes, I know this topic has been regurgitated 10000 times, but I’ve never talked about it and it’s relevant to me right now
In case you didn’t know, I’ve been in one killer slump. It’s been several months of me either reading 0 books or 1 book every month.
Then I went on vacation. I thought “okay, I am going to read something because I have so much time!” Nope. I still read nothing.
Then I came back from vacation with a motivation to actually post book reviews and read something. Anything.
Ok, so, what does this have to do with marking books as DNF? Well, I realized that I never officially DNF a book. I’ve done it twice in my life – every other book that I “put down” is just that…it’s “put down for another time“. So, I decided to change that. From now on, I am going to officially mark books as DNF!
WHY I DON’T USUALLY DNF
Honestly, it’s just FOMO (yes, I just used that term even though I find it mildly irritating). I’m afraid that it will get better. I’m afraid that it will be my favorite. I’m afraid that I’m missing out on the fangirling with all the other people who love the book I’m struggling with.
Enter “I’ll just put this down for now“.
What happens when I do that to every book that bores me? My TBR (which I consider all the books I’m currently reading / books I want to read within a month) gets longer and longer and longer and longer and longer.
And I freak the eff out. I start getting stressed and that stress makes me avoid reading all together because how will I ever catch up with all the books I want to read and the ones coming out and how the heck and I supposed to finish this one when I didn’t really like it and now I don’t want to go back to it and and and and…..
That’s my brain when I look at my growing pile.
MY NEW RULE
When I was reading Nyxia, I realized that I was at page 75 I was so bored. I would read a few pages and my brain would start wandering or I would find any reason to put it down – even doing the laundry. Yes, I would rather do the laundry than read Nyxia.
So, why the heck was I wasting my time? I shouldn’t, but at the same time, I wanted to just make sure that it didn’t get better for me. That’s when I made the goal to get to page 100 and make a decision (I ended up getting to 130 because the chapter ended after 100 and I couldn’t just stop because that would bother me, then I skimmed the next chapter just to make sure it was more of the same – yes, it was).
At 130, I said fuck it! (pardon my french) and it was liberating. According to Goodreads, 130 pages was 35% of the book which I think is plenty to determine whether I’ll like it or not. So, that’s my rule.
Depending on the books length, I either want to read 100 pages or 35% of a book before putting it down and moving on. Not “putting it down for later“, I want to throw that shit in the trash (ok not really, I’ll donate it but just let me feel liberated right now).
The exception is if I just can really tell I will dislike the book within the first few chapters or if it’s a super long book. I don’t know if I could read 350 pages of a 1000 page book before giving up…that’s a lot. 😆
So, that’s my first ever DNF discussion. Now, let’s hear your thoughts:
Do you DNF books? Do you have a set amount that you want to read before doing so? Or do you just give up within the first few pages if you aren’t hooked? Do you ever feel like you’re going to miss out if you DO DNF?