Why I never DNF a book

Today I want to talk about DNF-ing books, something I NEVER EVER do. I’m sure there are lots of people who DNF books and don’t think twice about doing so. I get that. We read because we love it and if a book is seriously that awful to read, why bother finishing it, right?! It’s our hobby and hobbies should be fun. I understand if you DNF, I really do, but still I NEVER do it and don’t plan to change this habit of mine.

First of all, there’s always that feeling I have that I shouldn’t give up because it’s going to be better soon! It definitely will. Maybe some new twist will surprise me, or the plot will move forward in a good way or there’ll be a new character I like. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN that will make me enjoy it, right? Foolish, I know.


Yeah in some cases it works out. But we probably all now that in most cases it doesn’t get better. Nothing will make us suddenly like the book. We might dislike it even more! I know this, but I don’t listen to my own reasoning.

However, I have another reason for never DNF-ing a book, which is also my main reason!

What you might not know about me is that I live in the Netherlands. Finding books in English here is quite hard, so I always order my books from either The Book Depository or Amazon. You can imagine that if bookstores not even have much books in English (let alone Young Adult ones!) libraries on the other hand even have a more limited selection.

So yeah, you can imagine how I feel every time I’m reading a book I seriously dislike enough I want to DNF. I’m raging. I’m furious. I’m disappointed in myself for believing the hype. But most importantly: I PAID MONEY FOR THIS??


In my opinion, I would not mind to DNF a book if it was a library book. I will just bring it back without finishing and no harm is done. It’s not my book, I didn’t invest in it. I feel like this is my own inflicted curse for loving to read books in English as a Dutchie.

So yeah, I never DNF a book because I feel I’m wasting my money. Yes, I’m cheap like that.


Now I would like to know if YOU sometimes DNF books, or are you more like me? Also, if you read library books (or ARCs), do you find that you easier DNF those books than purchased ones?

8 thoughts on “Why I never DNF a book

  1. I often put them aside to read later, try again when I am in different mood, or not so angry at it. I hate doing it for ARCs but I have, if I try and finish a book that I hate, I put myself off books for a while, which I hate doing. If it’s just a mild dislike I finish. I admire your commitment, wish I could do it but cannot always unfortunately.

    • Putting them aside for later is something I should probably try, because like you say, if you force yourself to finish book you hate it puts you off books! That doesn’t ALWAYS happen for me, but yeah sometimes it does and I hate that. Thanks, but I actually admire people like you that do DNF books, I wish I was strong like that! (And not so cheap lol)

      • Well I view it the other way, think you a strong because you sit it out once you have committed to reading a book. I take the easy way out, I give up if it gets too boring.

  2. I’ve been getting better at not DNFing a book as much, but it’s hard since most of mine DO come from the library since I’m a cheapskate. But I never thought about it in your way. It would be hard to buy a book and DNF it because you paid money for it and you don’t get a lot of these books! But you’re strong for not DNFing!

    • Thanks! It really is just a matter of having paid for it or not. I’m sure if I had a library where I could get my books, I’d DNF much more easily. But yeah, you should not DNF too much, because it might get better!

  3. I’ve recently reacquired the ability to DNF but blogging killed that in me for a years. Partly, it’s wanting to give the book every chance. I mean, what if I struggle through fifty pages, DNF and then later hear that the book gets awesome on page fifty-one? This has happened to me, and I then end up having to slog through the crappy pages again because my memory sucks.

    Also, I generally have the same sort of policy for books I purchased. Having to finish is my punishment for making an unwise financial decision. :-p

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