Ahh, the dreaded ‘Did Not Finish’. These happen. And so does the guilt. That happens too.
But here are some of the things I tell myself when I start to feel bad about sincerely DNFing a book.
1. There are so many books. So many. Like, too many to EVER read all of them. Therefore, wasting time on a book that you’re not enjoying, for whatever reason, is a ridiculous thing to do.
2. It’s not your fault if you don’t like a book. You can’t like everything. It’s the same as food. Everyone has their own tastes.
3. Are you feeling bad because it’s a popular book, or an author that you normally love? Welp, similar to above. Odds are that you won’t like EVERYTHING. And yes, it sucks when your opinion doesn’t match what the majority of others (and often those others are well-established and #goals bloggers) but seriously. Let me reiterate. Do not waste time on books that you are not enjoying.
4. Are you feeling bad because a publisher has sent you this book for review? This is only slightly trickier, but you can only be honest, right? If you really want to give feedback (however that was agreed, IF it was agreed) then just point out some of the reasons why you think others might like the book, but ultimately it wasn’t for you. On the flipside, you are not being paid to review books (if you are, congrats, and get away from here and finish that book! DNFing is no longer a luxury on offer for you). In any case, always be polite about it, but you don’t HAVE to finish a book. You tried. That counts.
5. You are not letting anyone down. Don’t force yourself through a book because you feel like you have to blog about it, or whatever. Just because you’ve moved it to ‘currently reading’ on Goodreads does not mean you have to move it to ‘read’. Heck, move it to ‘read’ even if it’s a DNF. You still “read” some of it.
6. You can always come back to it. Yup. Use your preferred method of bookmarking (dog-earring is disgusting though. Just sayin’) and put it on the shelf for later. You can always try again another day, it’s not going anywhere. And shhh… no one needs to know, if you don’t want..
7. Don’t miss out on all the GREAT books because you’re reading all the POOP ones.