To DNF Or Not To DNF

For as long as I can remember, I haven’t been able to DNF (Do Not Finish) a book to save my life. It doesn’t matter than I’m struggling, even hating the book, I will not put it down until I reach the ending. Why you ask?

I know it’s ridiculous to keep reading a book that I’m not liking when so many other books are on my TBR shelf, but I honestly cannot DNF. The MOST I can do, is put it aside “to read when I’m more in the mood” and I can only do that if I haven’t hit 100 pages yet. But that doesn’t even happen every year. Once I start reading the book, I will finish it. (Especially if I already took my #CurrentlyReading Instagram photo.)

That doesn’t mean that from time to time, I start wondering if it wouldn’t be better to DNF a book, but I always have my reasons to not do it in the end. So what are my (idiotic) reasons to keep reading a book I’m not enjoying?

Reason 1: I just need to get through it and then I can throw it away

Well, if I DNF the book, it just ends up on my TBR shelf again and I would be stuck with it. Staring at me for evermore, laughing at my failure. If I finish it and actually end up hating it, I can throw it out without hesitation. So yeah, let’s just get on with it and finish the damn thing.

Reason 2: This book couldn’t disappoint me that much right?

I don’t just put any book on my TBR list and it can’t possibly be the case that the book is going to disappoint me right? The ending MUST be better, I’m sure. I’ll just need to stick to the story and everything will turn around, I’m sure.

Reason 3: See?! That other book turned out amazing in the end, so this one will too!

I pushed myself to finish that other book last month and it indeed turned around and ended up being amazing. This book will do the same thing, you’ll see. I just need to keep reading.

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Do you DNF books? Why (not)? Let me know in the comments!

7 Comments Add yours

  1. I love seeing piles of books!


    1. Sasha The Bookdragon says:

      I know right? I took that photo a year ago when I still lived at my parents’ house and now I’m suddenly missing that packed shelf that held so many of my books…

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  2. Marieke says:

    That second reason is so me :’)

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    1. Sasha The Bookdragon says:

      To be honest, I’m just glad I’m not the only one 😂


  3. I hate DNFing books, I always feel so guilty! I’ve only DNFed two books in my life.


  4. I really dislike DNF’ing books but there are simply times when I HAVE to. There are two books that come to mind immediately when I think of the ones I DNF’d [which are.. about four in the last two years so I’m okay with that] and one had the most annoying, childish and egocentric main character. I just couldn’t handle it more than twenty pages and wanted to throw the thing out the window, haha. Guess it’s my own fault for reading a teenage POV while being in my mid-twenties?
    The other one – The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August – simply didn’t.. interest me after a while. I always switch between two books, two different genres and every time I got back to that one, I could hardly remember what was going on and in what time period the book was at and ugh.. It was too tiring and I couldn’t keep up with the story so I ended up throwing it aside. :’)

    Safe to say I do.. have the best reasons to DNF books? Idk. I don’t DNF quickly; I feel like I should give every book a chance unless I actually 100% dread picking it up again. Then there’s something absolutely wrong with it, haha.


  5. Nancy says:

    Even though I read plenty of books in a year I cannot DNF a book. Every book I start I finish even if I hate it. I have 3 books on my DNF-list in my entire life. Those books I couldn’t get through even if my life depended on it.

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