Why I’m No Longer Afraid to DNF A Book

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I love reading books because it has always provided me with an escape and I always go into one hoping that I will love it. However, that’s not always the case.

Up until recently, I have always tried my hardest to finish a book, even if I wish I could put it down unfinished. Whenever I wanted to do that, I felt guilty and I was never really sure why. I wanted to support the author, especially if I enjoy the content they put out on social media, but sometimes you just can’t click with a book. Sometimes it’s the writing style, the world building or the characters that don’t capture your attention. More than anything else, I just feel disappointed that I can’t enjoy it, especially when there are others that love it.

I’ve recently come to the realisation that I am completely okay with DNFing a book and the reason why is that life is too short to read or do something you don’t like.

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By sticking with a book I don’t enjoy, I find that my reading pace is slowed until I’m not even finishing a chapter a day, I put off picking the book up, and it puts me in a reading slump. Like most book bloggers, I have a massive TBR that only seems to keep growing with all the new books coming out, which sound amazing! I don’t want to waste my time anymore on books that aren’t for me.

Nobody ever enjoys the same book, which is something I’m learning. I bought a book I was dying to read because the reviews were incredible and everyone was saying it was the best YA Fantasy of this year. I couldn’t get halfway through it. The chapters were confusing, the world building was all over the place and the characters were just boring. I didn’t care about it and that was when I promised myself I would never feel guilty about DNFing a book again. And I won’t just be applying that to the books I buy myself, it will be to the ones given to me as ARCs as well. I have a couple of reviews to write on the books I DNFd to explain why I didn’t enjoy them, but it doesn’t mean you won’t like them. We all have different tastes and interests, so of course not every book will be loved by everyone.

Reading books I didn’t enjoy was the reason I fell into a reading slump that lasted three months and now it means I won’t reach my Goodreads goal. Forcing myself to read a book I don’t like doesn’t benefit anyone, so if you’re feeling like you need to read that book you’re not enjoying, I’m here to say it’s okay to stop. Move onto something else that could completely blow you away and become your brand new favourite. Life is to short to read books you don’t like. I just wish I’d realised that a lot sooner.