DNF, standing for Did Not Finish. The term for when a book is not your thing, problematic in ways you didn’t expect or just boring and you decide, screw it, I’m done, and you close the book, moving on to another.
People tend to fall all over the spectrum when it comes to DNFing books. Some people are determined to finish books once they’ve started, hoping that it will redeem itself up till the last page. Some will only DNF if the book turns out to be problematic (i.e. romanticizing abuse). And some, like myself, will freely DNF if a book hasn’t hooked them by a certain page mark.
Myself, I fall somewhere on the side of freely DNFing. If, at around halfway, I just have no real interest in reading the book, I’ll consider DNFing. As a mood reader, I have to really be invested in a book to enjoy reading it. Otherwise, I’ll begin to dread reading it, and it’ll scoot me closer to the dreaded Reading SlumpTM. So for my own peace of reading mind, I’ll DNF a book. However, I will also be open to going back to it in the future. Some people, once they DNF, it’s a done deal. The book has been closed, it’ll be unhauled soon. And I do that most of the time, but if I can tell that it’s a great book and it’s my mood that’s affecting my enjoyment, I’ll keep it around for future consideration. But that’s fairly rare.
But I want to know what you think about DNFing books. Do you give a book until a certain page mark to hook you in? Or do you give every book the benefit of the doubt and finish it? Or are you like me, and fall somewhere in the middle? Let’s discuss in the comments!