Let’s Discuss! DNF’ing Books

Hi all! You might be sat there wondering what on earth this title means. Well, for those of you who don’t know, DNF stands for Did Not Finish in the book community. And I’m here to talk about it!

What is DNF’ing?

Marking a book as DNF’d means you decided to put it down part the way through without completing the book.

Why would this happen?

For example, someone could DNF a book because they decide they didn’t like it, or the writing style isn’t for them, they don’t understand what’s going on, or maybe it just isn’t the right time for them to read it right now. I’ve definitely put books down before knowing it’s not for me right now but I’ll probably pick it up again in the future!

Why is this important?

It really depends on the reader to whether you DNF a book or not. I spent a long time never, ever DNF’ing books under any circumstance, determined to see it all the way through. It’s only in recent times that I’ve decided it’s not worth my time anymore.

And I think it all comes down to that – sometimes it’s just not worth your time to carry on reading a book you just know isn’t for you. Sometimes that could be temporary, sometimes forever.

When do I, personally, DNF a book?

I’ve been thinking about this subject because I recently decided to mark A Darker Shade of Magic as DNF’d. This was for a number of reasons:

  • I didn’t understand the full extent of the book
  • I decided I didn’t much care for the characters
  • I didn’t want to pick the book up at this particular time
  • I didn’t have any intrigue to the outcome of the story

This was a really hard thing for me to do, as obviously this is a very hyped read. But personally, it definitely wasn’t the right time for me. I’ve put it aside for now with the intention of maybe trying it again at some point in the future.

Where do you stand on DNF’ing books? Do you ever do it?


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6 thoughts on “Let’s Discuss! DNF’ing Books

  1. Luckily, there are only a handful of books I’ve DNF’d. I always try to get to around 40-50% before I stop because sometimes I love books after getting further in. But I will DNF if I can’t connect with the writing. That’s really one of the main ones for me. Even if a book is slow or I don’t like the characters, I’ll still finish if the writing is decent. I don’t like it if I cannot figure out WTH is happening by 40% in. I may DNF for that. I would say that I maybe DNF 1 book per year? Sometimes there are none, but other years may have 2.

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    1. I’m probably about the same as you, I only DNF a couple a year but now I could pick one up, read even a few pages and know I won’t enjoy the writing style! Although I usually aim to get over halfway before putting one down

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      1. There have been quite a few fantasy books that I just wasn’t into, but once I hit around 30%, they really picked up and became a favorite. But I can also understand why someone would DNF right away since there are so many books out there to chose from.

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  2. I used to DNF book very often, if I wasn’t feeling it just put it away and “maybe” return to it someday. But now I kinda force myself to finish books, which then results in a reading slump. The most recent example would be «Miracle Creek». I knew from the first 7% of the book that it wasn’t for me but still pushed through. I finally finished it but it took almost 3 months!

    I definitely need to work on DNFing books, otherwise I risk driving myself in a very long slump.

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