Why I find it almost impossible to not finish a book
I find it almost impossible to ‘DNF’ books
I know all the reasons why people refuse to finish books they’re not invested in:
“Too many books, too little time”
“I read for enjoyment, if I’m not enjoying it, why would I continue?”
but I just can’t seem to do it. Maybe it’s because I’m really really nosy and can’t stand the thought that I might MISS OUT ON SOMETHING. Or maybe it’s because I’ve read one too many books where I really wasn’t loving it for the first half, then suddenly it all came together? I can’t give those Book 5 star ratings, because no matter how great the ending was, if the beginning dragged, it still dragged, BUT I’ve definitely read books I’m glad I persevered with.
I also couldn’t bring myself to review a book I hadn’t finished. I know how much time and effort writers put into their work and, even if it turns out the book wasn’t for me, I’d still feel as though I was doing them a disservice with a low rating when I hadn’t actually read the whole book.
Also, on a general life level, I’ve had times where I honestly thought my life would never turn around. When situations seemed so hopeless that the light at the end of the tunnel wasn’t just dimmed, it looked like it had been switched off. In those dark times, I always ended up telling myself “Just one more day”. Just go one more day and see what happens. And, so often, I’d look back a few weeks, months, or at one stage a couple of years later and think “I’m so glad I kept plodding along, look where I am now!” So, when I’m reading a book that has me bored, irritated or wanting to throw it at the wall, I literally start to repeat “Just one more chapter” to myself. I give myself permission to DNF if I still hate it after one more chapter. Then, at the end of that chapter….I’m nosy enough to go one more, and one more…
In saying all of that, I find it easy to DNF audiobooks when I’m not enjoying them. WHICH MAKES NO SENSE WHATSOEVER, but there you are! Even if the narrators voice is just annoying – NOPE, moving on!
How do you feel about DNF’ing books? Do you do it often? Do you review books you didn’t finish?