DNF – that dreaded point that you decide that it’s best that you and a book are best parted before you go any further, and you declare the whole escapade as a Did Not Finish
Some people stick with a book to the dreaded end, even if they are hating the book, often simply because they dont like to admit they didnt get on with a book. I can remember only taking one book to the bitter end, and that was Papillion, only because it was the Book of the Month at my local book group. Still haunts me that I didnt have the nerve to stop when I should have.
I now do DNF with an almost wild abandon. Too many books, too little time for me to be bogged down in books I’d never enjoy. Life is hard enough as it is without adding to the malaise.
I’ve ditched books less than a chapter in because of the stream-of-conciousness writing style (and I’ve flicked later into the book to find that style hasn’t changed). I’ve ditched pre-release review books half way through because I simply don’t have the energy to wade through the three page long paragraphs. I’ve ditched award winning books part way through after putting them down in favour of those 7 books I’ve read subsequently, and that on reflection, I really dont care to go back to it so it’s been sidelined. I’ve just finished a book set in Tudor times, where the Queen referred to “mum” and “dad” (a modern slang term to refer to her parents) and swore in very modern English where ever possible. I know it was supposed to be a “reimagining” and I know she was supposed to have been a “commoner”, but really!
There’s nothing specific that will make me DNF. The writing style of course, the multiple page paragraphs…..I think it’s ultimately those books when I am having to constantly work at trying to enjoy a book. Reading shouldn’t be work, it should be enjoyable, relaxing, maybe uplifting, but never work…..
So do you have a DNF policy? How far into a book do you call it quits? Have you thought you might quit on a book, but be grateful that you didnt?