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?
May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽