How Do You Handle DNF Books?
All right, I have another question, gulp…. You know when you are reading a book and it’s just not working for you. Maybe it’s the editing, maybe it’s the characters, maybe it’s just too freaking slow. Maybe you have some rule about abuse or scary things. DNF stands for Did-Not-Finish and DNF books are just frustrating. If the book is a for fun book then it just sucks that you might have paid money for a book you didn’t like. But if it is a review book, it can become a little sticky….
Try Again Later?
If there is time (ie not a close deadline), do you ever try the book again later. This obviously won’t work if the book breaks a hard and fast rule of yours, but have you ever run into a situation where you just weren’t in the right state of mind for the book that put it in the DNF books pile? I’ve found myself worrying with review books that I’m not putting enough effort into trying to finish DNF books, and wondering if I should try them again later, but I would really be interested to hear if this has actually worked for anyone. The only situation this has ever worked for me was with Eldest, you know, with the dragon. I hated that book when I was younger, and then actually quite enjoyed it in college when I tried again…. Was this a fluke though? Have you had luck with this? Or do you even bother? Should a book be good enough to grab you on the first try or not?
Posting About Them
The other sticky part is posting about DNF books. Obviously you have a right to post your honest opinion, but I’ve heard the argument that you didn’t finish the book and so can’t have an honest opinion. I, at least, don’t think this is fair though. I think that if I’m honest about the fact that it is a DNF book, and perhaps how far I got, then it is fair to point out what made it impossible for me to finish. I try to always think about what would be valuable for my readers, and I really think that knowing that a book was so horrible that I couldn’t finish it would be valuable for you all to know! Heck, I like to read DNF posts as warnings to stay away from said book if I have the same triggers as the writer of the post did. Perhaps posting the review on Goodreads is different though, since that rating goes into the overall rating?
It’s happened to me once that I’ve hated a book that was in a tour. That was a bit awkward. I know that some tours now request that if you don’t like the book, simply tell them and either bow out or get something different to post. I’m not sure how I feel about that, since it feels like trying to cover up the opinion of the reviewer. At the same time, I understand that the tour is about promoting the book, and bashing it doesn’t help that. Generally, I guess, I would hold off and post whatever I wanted to say after the tour, in respect to the hard work the tour host put in, but it still gives me the heebie jeebies a little bit. What do you all think about this one? I know some of you out there host tours as well, run into any hard situations with this?
Along with all the awesome books that we find comes some DNF books, but the blogging community seems a little split on how we should actually handle DNF books. What are you thoughts?
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