Did-Not-Finish (DNF) Reviews

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The dreaded what do I do now feeling when you can't finish a book -- most of us have probably felt this, right? I've felt it a lot lately, unfortunately. There are different reasons for them -- sometimes a book is just plain not good, sometimes a book is not for me but one others will like, and sometimes it's my issue because I'm not in the mood or can't concentrate or whatever.

What do you think about DNF posts? Do you like them? Are they unnecessary? Maybe they're helpful?

And here's a couple other questions:
How do you decide which books to post DNF posts for and which to leave un-blogged about? I have two books to DNF post and neither was bad at all... I've just decided they're not for me despite some positive qualities.

Do you link your DNF post to the publicist if it's a review book? I feel embarrassed and and guilty at the thought of doing this. On the one hand I want a publicist/author to know I put effort into the book, but on the other hand I'm afraid they'll feel cheated if it's a DNF post.

Please help me come up with some rules for DNFing...
  1. Always state why I chose not to finish the book and how far I got.
  2. What I liked up to that point.
  3. What I did not like up to that point.
Anything else?

Apparently to the majority of the internet, DNF = Duke Nukem Forever, lol!! Anyone else ever play that on the computer?


Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I tend to add books I can't finish to my Goodreads account but I don't bother blogging about them. Probably because I feel like, if I didn't finish it - then I can't really give it a review.

Good luck!

Melissa M said...

I try to post DNF finish reviews because I think it gives a more complete picture of your taste. But if I pick a book up and it just doesn't fit with my mood and I'll try it again later, I don't review those. I only consider then DNF if I've read enough to know I'll never read it again.

Zibilee said...

I try to finish everything I pick up, but it often makes me frustrated and angry when a book just totally doesn't work for me. I have also been considering beginning to post DNF's, just because I can't imagine having to struggle through each and every bad book for the rest of time! I don't have anything to add to your rules right now, but if I do, I will let you know!

softdrink said...

I don't post DNF reviews, although I might occasionally mention in passing that I gave up on a book.

I have half finished books that have been hanging around for 3 years that I still hope to finish. I'm such an optimist.

Amanda said...

I just posted about this Sunday! I used to post about books I abandoned but recently have gave it up. Sometimes if I've put a lot of effort into a book that I couldn't finish (like reading 350 pages of The Mysteries of Udolpho) then I'm okay with a DNF post. But for books I only read a small amount for, I just give them up quietly.

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

I agree with JuJu. But if it's a review you promised to an author or publicist, I would blog about it. I've done that twice.I reviewed up until the point and the reasons why I didn't finish it. I figure if you are scheduled to review it and made that obligation then all you can do is to be honest.

But DNF books for fun, I guess I would not feel the need to blog about it.

My two cents.

nomadreader said...

I really enjoy reading DNF reviews. I find them sometimes even more informative than glowing reviews. I think it's always good to state why you didn't finish (and if you will perhaps try again one day). I admit, more often than not, I "finish" by skimming or reading the end to decide if I really want to abandon it. There are so many factors (length, familiarity with the author, recommendations from like-minded readers) to consider when abandoning a book, and ultimately it's a very personal decision, but I love to hear about it!

Jenny said...

Thanks for the comments everyone! I'm actually surprised that the majority say to sort of stay away from them.

I do enjoy reading DNF reviews sometimes like Nomadreader said... I guess it depends on the specific DNF review. One of the two books I mentioned I think I definitely want to read about because there is a specific reason why I was sort of bothered with the book. Anyway, I'm pretty sure I will so look out for that!

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