Feminist Reflections is a feature I created on my blog to share my personal thoughts.
So, how long does it take you to decide it's not meant to be with a book?
I usually give most book three chapters before I usually give up on them. If it has some potential, I keep reading hoping it does get better. There's too many great books out there to read crappy ones, I really tried with all of these books - I wanted to like them, some of them are quite popular, however, I couldn't. According to my Goodreads, I have 36 books in the DNF shelf which isn't too bad. This is mostly from this year and mid last year, so .. okay, maybe it is slightly bad.
Before anyone snaps, I really tried with The Raven Boys and Dark Triumph.. but I found them boring. The concept of The Raven Boys was cliche and I wasn't sure how to feel about it, I just felt there is mainly teenage angst. I saw no solution to the premise whatsoever. I've read too many novels of the same concept where the girl's kiss can kill the guy, and they're better. I gave up on Dark Triumph after I started skimming a lot of pages, I might give it another go sometime because I did really love the previous book in the series. I had high expectations with Snow Like Ashes, but I knew with the first chapter - it wasn't going to be meant to be.
The first book I DNF was American Psycho and that was last year, it was just too gruesome and it lacked depth. Before that, I had never stopped reading a book before, even if I didn't like it all - I still finished it. I felt super guilty about not finishing it because they're books and I love books.. I just realized now, I rather give my time to books that I actually like now.
I usually rate the books I DNF'ed, some people might disagree - because you never really finished it and the ending could have been good, and we never read it. The way I see it, I still spent some time reading the book so I should be allowed to judge it. I usually only rate books if I get past the fourth chapter.. I don't count these books as part of my challenges because I never finished them, and I don't review DNF'ed books on my blog - chances are it's going to be more of a rant than an actual review. I do make a note of them on my goodreads reviews of why I couldn't finish them.
If the book is a review copy from a publisher, not just from Netgalley or Edelweiss - I still try to finish the book if I can, but I don't push myself because I can usually tell if I will like the book or not reading about 20% of it. The main reasons I don't finish a book is because the writing is too cheesy, I couldn't connect with the characters, the romance is a fail, I lost interest, or I'm skimming too much because it's boring.
*Updated Note: Due to a demand from fellow blogger & friend Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight, I will write my first DNF review soon :)
What about you guys? Do you DNF books easily? Do you still rate them?
Shukran for reading this! Leave your blog links in the comments & I'll be sure to check them out & follow :) Stay in tuned pretty creatures..
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