Hello, hello! Happy Friday, friends! Welcome back to another episode of Coffee Convo w/ bookslayerReads. Sooo… last week we discussed Review Format… and for the rest of the month, I’d like to stick with Reviews as the topic of discussion.
Today, I’d like to talk about…
Those of you who may be new to the community, if you’re unsure what DNF means, it stands for “Did Not Finish”.
Now, I’m pretty sure that most of us have had to DNF a book sometime or another. And if not, I’m almost positive there will come a time in your life when you’ll want to.
Since I became a member of the blogosphere, I’ve noticed a lot of controversy over whether or not it’s ok to review a book you didn’t finish. Some people have their own set of “rules” when it comes to DNF’ing… like they won’t DNF a book until they’ve read at least 50%, for example. Everyone has their own opinions on the topic… so I’m going to give you mine, and then I’d love to hear yours!
Before I started blogging, I would never, ever DNF a book. I didn’t like not completing a book, and I would force myself to read till the end, regardless of how boring it was or how uninterested I was. But when you begin blogging, you start to realize that your time is precious. Whether it be reading time, blogging time, etc.
So now, I will DNF a book if I am not liking it. I will review a book I DNF’ed, but I will not rate it.
→ I write DNF reviews to let my followers know WHY I couldn’t finish the book. What was it about the book that was so terrible that I couldn’t continue? Was it the writing? The characters?
→ I like to give people a warning! Like, “Hey, I didn’t like this book for the following reasons… if this stuff bothers you, too… then you may not wanna read this book!”
→ Your followers will appreciate your honesty. I think followers not only want to see raving reviews, but ranting reviews as well… whether it’s a DNF or not.
→ I won’t rate a DNF’ed book simply because I don’t feel that I could give it the accurate rating it deserves if I didn’t finish reading it. I can’t rate it if I don’t know what happens in the end or how the story plays out. There’s a possibility it could have gotten better! I just didn’t take the chance. 😉
→ I love reading DNF reviews (so I figured I’d write them, too!) and I wish there were more bloggers out there who published them. I am always interested in why someone couldn’t finish reading a book.
I would love to hear from you guys! Let me know your opinions on the topic!
Will you DNF a book, if you’re not liking it? Do you have any certain “rules” when it comes to DNF’ing?
If you DNF a book, do you review it?