TIME TO DNF A BOOK
Recently, I’ve noticed that I put down much more novels than I finish. We refer to it as a “DNF” in the book industry (did not finish). We all want to read any book we want for as long as we want when it comes to reading. We desire to read each and every book we choose, but unfortunately, not every book we read will be a success. There are some novels that call to us as we read them. Others will take some time or fail to pique our curiosity. Yet, just because you put down a book doesn’t mean it’s the worst or that you yourself are the worst. It simply implies that other novels speak to you better than this one does.
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But, it could be too simple to put down a book that, while first not my style, ends up being my style. When I was about to give up on Golden Child, my friends kept encouraging me to persevere.
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ADD 100 PAGES TO IT
I normally give myself 100 pages to read a book, and if I do, I reevaluate my strategy and determine if it was even effective. Shall I continue? That is a no-brainer if the book is genuinely grabbing my attention. Yet, it’s when I pause and ask myself this question that I begin to question whether this book is the correct choice for me. I also like to keep track of how frequently I pull up my phone while reading. Something must be wrong if I’m checking social media more often than I’m reading.
CHECK YOUR SUCCESS
Sometimes the mood you’re in when you read a book affects whether or not it works for you. Maybe you’re reading a summer romance in the dead of winter. It’s either a tense thriller on a cheery day or a heartbreaking love story on your ex’s birthday. I really believe that when reading a book, environmental aspects should be taken into account. If you’re not prepared for a heavy read, the harder parts may catch you off guard. It gets grating if you’re not in the mood for something light. Determining whether what you’re reading can be put off until a later time when you’re in the mood to read that book can be done by evaluating how you feel.
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BE HONEST IN YOUR COMMENTS
Be fair if you do decide to write a review of a book you didn’t finish. You might be the only person who decides to DNF a book. There are numerous reasons to DNF a book, and some of them, like the writing style or the characters, could be really valid. But, remember that your view is your own, and what doesn’t work for you might be perfect for someone else. It offers the book an opportunity to be read by others.
INVESTIGATE WHAT DID NOT WORK FOR YOU
Why didn’t this work for me is the last thing I ask myself. Of course, I’m constantly considering my reading habits and seeking for topics to write about. To find out why the book didn’t appeal to me, answer this question. Is it because my genre doesn’t fit it? Was the writing style to blame? What in the text makes me hesitate? Any of these inquiries can help you evaluate your reading habits and improve them going forward. DNF books aren’t only books you chose to put down; they can also help you understand why. For me, it usually has to do with the writing style. I don’t enjoy books with overdone language or that are excessively poetic, judging from a few of the books I’ve DNF‘d. Slow-moving books don’t appeal to me unless they are intriguing enough to keep me reading past 100 pages.