Here is the question I am posing to you today: If a book is bad, do you stop reading it? Or push on?
I fall in this weird place in between, where I am so determined to finish books that I’ve started, and yet, the book is truly horrendously bad, I just cannot push on and finish it. And then there’s also the question — should you review books you’ve DNF’ed? And also: How far into a book do you stop reading? Halfway? Two chapter in? Questions, questions!
Take the book Red Rising for example. I got 32 pages into it, and I put it down. I have not DNF’ed it, simply because I know that I will get back to it later. When I started reading it, I just wasn’t in the mood; there was no point continuing it because I knew I was not going to enjoy the novel, which defeats the purpose of reading in the first place.
Persevering through a bad or “meh” book:
- Let’s not forget that there is always a chance that the book will get better. Some books might just be slow in the beginning, and will pick up as you get further into the story.
- Weirdly so, I find that there’s a sense of “pride” in finishing a book I’ve been struggling to read. Because of my determination, I kind of feel like it’s a win.
- I’d feel okay to review the book fully, knowing that I’ve given it a full chance.
Giving up, submitting to defeat, and DNF’ing a book:
- There will always be that “what if it got better?” question hovering in the back of my mind.
- I’d be really unsure about reviewing it — can you really review a book you haven’t read fully? Would people judge me for that?
- I’d have more time to read other books. I mean, why bother continuing a book you’re not enjoying? Life is too short!
Books I’ve DNF’ed this year:
- The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon — I DNF’ED this because a) mixed genres aren’t my thing, and b) It was boring, confusing, and didn’t make all that much sense.
- Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson — I stopped reading this one when the main character practically said she wished she had cancer. Um, no thanks.