I haven’t written a discussion (or as I like to call them – Ramblings) post in forever, so forgive me if this is a little bit rusty. This topic actually came to me yesterday when I read an interesting article about Why Readers Stop Reading and it got me thinking about why I’ve DNFed books in the past.
We’ve all been there, we’ve all done it, no matter how shameful we tell ourselves it is some books just can’t/don’t deserve to be finished. But what makes you as a reader decide that it’s time to give up on this book for good? For me personally there are just certain things that I absolutely cannot stand and more often than not this will result in me putting down a book and never picking it up again.
♡ Weak writing paired with a boring plot or main character will definitely result in a DNF result. Most readers read to escape reality and to be honest my life is pretty boring already, I don’t want my books to be boring as well.
♡ If the book fails to capture my attention within the first few initial chapters you have lost me for good. I hate books that take forever to capture your attention. I know these books usually have some of the best endings, but why can’t it start out equally as good (looking at you Gone Girl, but seriously the ending is so good).
♡ When things start to get a little bit too ridiculous. Sure there have been some far fetched things happening throughout the book, but then the author just throws in this ridiculous plot twist that wouldn’t even make sense in a Fantasy novel, yet alone a Contemporary one. This is the fastest you’ll see me close a book. Some imagination is perfectly fine and normal, but don’t take a book to such an extreme that it becomes unbelievable (specifically talking about Contemporaries, YA Mysteries and Thrillers and General Fiction).
♡ Bad editing, grammatical errors and inconsistencies in a book is another thing that instantly puts me of finishing the book. ARC’s aside I expect a finished copy of a book to be grammatically correct and edited perfectly. As for inconsistencies in plots, they literally drive me crazy! As an author (and editor) surely you should be able to remember what the colour of the car is that you’ve been using for most part of the novel…
I very rarely DNF a book, but when I do it is because of the above mentioned reasons. I hate not finishing a book, it makes me feel kind of empty inside, but sometimes it needs to be done!
Have you ever DNFed a book? What are some of the reason you have for not finishing books? Do you feel bad for not finishing books? Let’s talk about it in the comments!