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To DNF, or not to DNF

That is the question we all face at some point.

DNF for the uninitiated stands for “Did Not Finish”. Not finishing a book can be a touchy subject amongst the book community. Some die-hards will always finish a book, others are serial DNFers.

I was always really proud of myself for finishing every book I ever picked up, that was until last week.

I started reading a eARC book through Netgalley and really struggled through to 40%, and I mean really struggled. And I had to seriously ask myself the question, why am I truly reading this?

I turn 30 next year and started realising how little I’ve achieved on my bucket list over the years. I realised just how much time I waste doing things I don’t enjoy. Paying bills, washing the dishes, going to the dentist. Why am I extending that to into my precious reading time? Struggling along on a book I’m obviously not enjoying, just to say I’ve read it, isn’t a good enough reason for me to continue reading it.

I know I’m not enjoying myself reading it so what am I truly gaining by struggling on, other than a headache. My folks aren’t going to pat me on the back and congratulate me, Olivia Coleman isn’t going to thank me in her Oscar speech and the PM isn’t going to stop brexit because I finished a book.

Reading is a purely personal experience, you don’t owe it to anyone to finish the book. So if you want to DNF the book, I say dnf it! Don’t get into a book slump and stress about finishing a book your not enjoying.

If you’re not reading for pleasure are you truly reading or just going through the motions?

Have you ever DNF’d a book?

What was the last book you didn’t finish?

Let me know in the comments section below. Thanks for reading! x


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