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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A to Z - Quitting

A to Z Challenge - Q

Quitting

We've all been there before, we started a book with hopes it would be awesome but it's just not living up to our hopes.

Check out our previous A-to-Z posts: N, O, P

Today's post is one I feel like most readers have encountered before. The book we're reading isn't what we expected in some form. It's to the point where you don't want to read it anymore. My question today is are you the type of reader that will DNF (did not finish) or will you trek on?

There are very few books I've DNF'ed, mainly because I'm stubborn. By the 25-50% point I know if I'll love the book or not for the most part. That's also when the ones I don't love start giving me bigger trouble. The majority of the time I'll finish the book if it's for review. If it's a pleasure read, I'll more than likely put it back on the shelf and try again later.

Let me know in the comments below if you DNF books you don't enjoy, keep reading them, put it back to read later, etc. I'd love to know!

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22 comments:

  1. I know early on too, sometimes I try to struggle on, and sometimes not. It mostly depends where I am

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  2. I rarely DNF. I too am stubborn. I did DNF the most recent Anita Blake book last year. I'm done with that series. I was able to overlook a lot of flaws, but the amount of time that was the politics of her sex life, I couldn't do it any more.

    A problem I have is that if I DNF with the intention of finishing the book, I rarely do. I know that the reason I might have quit was my mood at the time, but I still can't seem to pick it back up. I'm still not labeling the book as DNF, because I'm hoping that I'll pick it up and finish one day. It is one reason I'm so stubborn and won't quit a book I'm in the middle of.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. Oh yes, I quit that series awhile back, but kept reading people's reviews to see if it changed. And yep, I understand the not wanting to pick it back up after :P

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  3. It really depends on what mood I'm in to be honest. Sometimes I'm just not patient enough to stick through it if I don't like it. If I do DNF though, it's usually pretty early in the book. Like you, sometimes I may come back to it later.

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  4. I often DNF--life is too short to read books that don't interest us.

    @Kathleen01930
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    1. I love that you said that because it's true!

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  5. I'm pretty stubborn too. I don't like DNF-ing books but if I'm 30-50 pages in and I can't really get into it I might leave it and come back to it in a few weeks/months. That technique has worked and the second time I've picked it up I've ended up finishing it and I often enjoyed it.
    Good luck with the rest of the A-Z Challenge - the end is in sight!
    I'm writing about my favourite fictional characters for the A-Z Challenge over on ElenaSquareEyes.

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    1. It's funny you say that, I've had the same experience with one. I put it down 3 separate times though and the last time it just clicked and I wound up loving it and the entire series!

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  6. I used to finish everything. Lately, not so much. If I get to the point where I know I'm done, I might skim to the end, just to see how it turns out. Only if it's truly terrible will I not do the skim.

    Liz A. from
    Laws of Gravity

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    1. I like the idea of skimming to the end :D

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  7. I absolutely DNF books. I've been a lot pickier about the books I've read this year so far, and have only had one DNF. Life's too short for me to drag it out with a book I don't like!

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    1. I'm being pickier as well this year :D So glad I am!

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  8. oh yes, it can be so hard to DNF. I never used to when I first started reading romance. But usually now, if I am in 100 pages and not into the story by then I set it aside. Just not worth the waste of time. ARC's though, I just stick with as much as I can.

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  9. It depends for me...how I feel about the book. It is hard but if I'm not feeling it, the I just can't...too many other books out here to be struggling with just one. I'm reading one I want to DNF now but i'm going to trek through it and pray it gets better, lols. Great post Mel!

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    1. lol I tend to hope for the best as well!

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  10. I don't DNF too often but I'm not scared to do so. I'll maybe DNF 5 or 6 a year. A couple others I'll do a temp DNF because I just wasn't in the mood for it but want to read it later on when my mood shifts. I give them until the 50% mark if I can.

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    1. *nods* I completely understand the temporary DNF

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  11. I usually like to give a book a couple of chances. Sometimes I'm just not in the right mood to read it, other times it maybe that I have od'ed on that genre recently. However, if a book manages to push the right (or wrong) buttons, I can DNF and never want to read it again. Thankfully that's not my norm, because I try to only pick up books that I think I will enjoy reading.

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    1. Same here with picking books I think I'd enjoy :)

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