There was once a time when I couldn’t bear to DNF a book once I started it. If I committed to reading a book, I was going to read the whole thing. There was no putting it down, no trying again later, and certainly no giving up.
These days, I feel like I’m DNFing constantly. Sometimes I don’t like a book and simply do not care to see how it ends. Sometimes a book isn’t what I expected it to be and I’m not really interested in what it actually is. Sometimes I’m just not in the mood for something I’ve started so I set it down until maybe one day I am.
I’ve always tried to hit the 100 page mark before I give up on a book. As someone who mostly reads longer books, that’s enough to get a sense of what’s going on, but not so much that I’ve wasted too much time if I decide to DNF. If it’s a shorter book, or an audio book, I try to get to 20% before deciding.
Of course, I set these rules aside if I’m really not enjoying a book before I reach 100 pages or 20%. If it’s obvious I’m not going to like a book, or the book was marketed as something it isn’t, I’d rather set it aside to make time for a book I will enjoy than struggling through a book hoping it gets better.
With too many books I want to read, I’ve been getting much more comfortable DNF-ing things at any point for any reason.
When do you decide if you’re going to DNF a book?