There are many schools of thought on how and why we stop reading books. Some people are like IN IT when they start a book and refuse to quit and some people have a set page number they read till before they call it quits.
Let’s Discuss: When Do You Call It Quits/DNF a Book?
When this happens…
…how do you respond?
It’s my general observation that people fall into two main categories: “In it For the Long Haul” OR “Ready to Move On.”
I think there are several factors that go into deciding to keep reading or peacing out instead. Thoughts like “Ugh I paid $12 for this, I guess I better give it a shot,” or “Life is too short to read this terrbile book.”
I typically fall into the first category – I’m a Long-Hauler. It’s really only for one reason, which is this: “What if it suddenly gets better?” and/or “I have to know how it ends at least.”
Do you have a page number (or percent for eReaders) that you try to reach if you’re not feeling a book? Or do you feel like you can quit anytime?
I’m 100 percent a mood reader, so sometimes I’ll start a book gung-ho, and if things slow down, my interest is completely sapped. It’s honestly terrible because I want to finish but feel sluggish and bored.
As a book reviewer, I’m sure you can see how this is a PROBLEM. But, I try to communicate that in my reviews – whether I knew it was a personal thing or not.
So, you HAVE to tell me! Do you DNF books? Why, when and how??