I am a firm believer that if you aren’t enjoying a book, you should be able to DNF it and not feel guilty about that decision. You aren’t going to enjoy every book you pick (even though we all want to) and there is no shame in that.
I also like to review my DNFs. Some of the most helpful reviews I come across are ones for DNF reads. Now some reviews are just trashing the novel but the ones that look at it critically give me a better idea of what I can expect and help me anticipate if I will enjoy the book or not. This is especially important when I am contemplating DNFing a book and am on the fence about doing so. (Basically, it gives me the reasoning to say “this isn’t for you”)
Since 2018, I’ve made it part of my annual yearly review to do a posting blitz of all the books I DNF’d for one reason or another. And I’m bringing it back for 2023!
Now: what is a DNF’d review?
When I look at my numbers for the year, I usually only DNF a small handful of books. These are books I never finished and stopped reading part of the way through. OR they could be a book series that I’ve opted not to finish after finishing the first book.
What Reviews are on the Way?
These DNF reviews get a bit of a different review format in comparison. In them, I list what I liked, what I didn’t and if I ever plan on finishing the series. I always find these type of reviews helpful when I’m deciding whether or not to add a book to my TBR and that’s what I aim for these reviews to do and why I publish them.
Here are the reviews you will see over the next few days (note the links may be “broken” as the reviews aren’t published yet):
I hope you enjoy the reviews I post over the next week! And if you read and enjoyed these books, I would love to get your takes on them! Who knows, maybe I’ll pick them up again!