I really don’t like DNF’ing (Did Not Finishing) books, especially after a certain point like 50% or 60% through. If I wanted to continue it someday, re-reading the whole thing would probably be essential to get a full and cohesive view of the book. Plus there is just something that feels wasteful about investing, say, 200+ pages but not seeing it through to the end. What if the book picks up, and whatever brought me to that 50% mark in the first place ends up being present and redeeming for the second half?
I’m curious about how far in you guys DNF a book. Do you just DNF at any time it fails to grab you? Or are you like me and tempted to power through to the end after a certain point? Do you know pretty early on and intuitively if a book isn’t right for you or right for the time?
The last two books I DNF’d were lofty classics that seem very well worth my time, but I could tell I didn’t have the attention span necessary to give them the devoted attention they deserved at that moment.
I think back to my first time reading Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (review coming soon!) It was after a long draught in reading, where I was taking it slow and steady and giving that book all the energy it deserved. I want to read every one of the older, more taxing classics of interest with that sort of focused enthusiasm. That probably doesn’t count as a DNF though, more like a put it back in the TBR and read it later someday (is there an acronym for that? lol)
Another book I sadly DNF’d about 2 months ago was The Priory Of The Orange Tree. I was not at all in the mood for a fantasy novel at the time and the characters didn’t grab me after 90 pages spent with them. What’s funny about DNF’ing is that the books I DNF sometimes still worm their way into my psyche. They leave a mark that makes them more likely to be revisited than random books still waiting in my TBR. After reading and loving A Game Of Thrones, it’s like a little path has been opened into my appreciating more lengthy and wordy fantasy novels and Priory is one of those. Tempted to revisit it someday.
Thankfully, I do not often encounter this problem of wanting to DNF books. Most books are enjoyable, with a pacing that hooks you in and many aspects worth appreciating.
Curious about your DNF’ing thoughts, what was the last book you DNF’d and why? As always-