What Makes You DNF A Book?

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Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly series hosted by Rukky at Eternity Books and Danie at Literary Lion. The full list of October topics can be found here.

This week’s topic is: What Makes You DNF A Book?

For those who don’t know, DNF means did-not-finish.

Is there a specific trope you can’t stand? A plot twist that will make you drop instantly?

I research books pretty thoroughly before reading them because I hate when I have to DNF a book and feel as though I’ve wasted my time. Off the top of my head I can’t think of a specific trope I dislike or a plot twist that would make me stop reading. If I enjoy the author and their writing style, I will pretty much go along with anything they write!

How many pages do you usually give a book to capture your attention?

I will give a book fifty pages before deciding whether or not to continue. I think this is standard among most readers. The story and narrative really have to capture me by that point and if not, I will have to seriously consider switching to another book.

How many books do you give a series before deciding if it’s worth your time?

If I don’t like the first book in a series, I won’t read any subsequent books. There are too many books out there that I want to read and know that I will enjoy, so why waste my time on something that I’m not liking, especially if there’s a slim chance it will get better?

Do you count books as read on Goodreads if you DNF them?

Yes, but I don’t rate them and I always state if it was a DNF and at what page/percent I stopped at.

I’ve embraced the DNF much more in recent years. There’s simply too many books and too little time to read them! If something isn’t clicking with me, I have no problem with marking it as DNF on Goodreads and picking up something new.

What makes you DNF a book? Tell me in the comments or drop a link to your post so I can check it out!

5 thoughts on “What Makes You DNF A Book?

  1. Great discussion! I do not DNF often, but I feel like I should do it more! Since I want to spend my reading time with books I love! But also once I started the book I want to finish it since I already ‘wasted’ my time reading the beginning haha!


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  2. I have a 100 page rule but have sometimes persevered beyond that only to give up at 200 pages. I think for me it’s a combination of not caring what happens, pacing issues and sometimes poor editing that makes me give up. I always feel a bit guilty when I DNF but there are so many books out there and I have such limited time to read that I can’t force myself to finish books I’m not enjoying.

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    1. On one occasion I read 100 pages of a book before deciding to give up. Not caring what happens is a huge factor! I agree with having limited time to read also being a factor too.


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