Let’s Talk Bookish: DNF-ing books

The prompt

Somehow a very fitting follow-up to my Quit Book Blogging post, this week is all about DNF-ing books. Which is a thing I do quite often as my blog shows.

About Let’s Talk Bookish

Let’s Talk Bookish is a bookish meme created by Rukky @ Eternity Books where bloggers write posts discussing the topic of the week each Friday! Now it’s run by Aria @Book Nook BitsHere are the other prompts for October 2022.

Bookish Thoughts on DNF-ing Books

Before starting my blog, I didn’t DNF many books. I took the time to struggle through them, but I gotta admit I skim-read quite a lot if I was bored by the story and just wanted to be over and done with that book.

I tried to keep it that way when I began my book blogging journey but I quickly changed course. Why should I waste my time on a book I’m not enjoying when there are so many other books on my tbr-pile just waiting for me to pick them up? And don’t forget the re-read pile where I know I will enjoy my time spent reading.

The Queer’s Practice about not finishing books

There’s also this problem of me trying to stick to a certain time frame of reading and reviewing books. If I don’t enjoy a book, reading it will take me longer since I won’t pick it up every free second, and that means I waste time, basically, and a pile-up of unread books happens.

Which stresses me out and I try to avoid it at all costs. Having a pile of read books I need to review is stressful enough.

But ultimately it comes down to my time and energy. Why should I waste my time and energy on something I don’t have to do? DNF-ing a book, queer or not, is a valid thing to do. Some books simply don’t deserve to be read. Period.

So not reading a book that is horrible in terms of, let’s say ethics for lack of a better word, is the best thing you can do. But there are other reasons why I DNF a queer book:

  • its content triggers me and I have to keep myself self.
  • I am absolutely bored by the story

For most queer books I DNF I write a review though. I’ve already written about reviewing queer books so I won’t repeat myself here.

When do you DNF a book?

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