Ever dread DNF’ing a book? I do!
I don’t do it very often, as I am very selective in the books I read because my reading time is precious. Five pages in and I tossed a book aside. My first DNF of the year, too! I always give books a few chapters and ARC’s a few more than normal books before tossing them aside.
No, I will not tell you the title or author of the book. But I will tell you my reasoning why I couldn’t finish the book and why I am writing a post about this particular book.
We all know books shape intelligence through narration and essential information. This information loops through our brains and we either get “bored and distracted” or “interested and hooked”. When we get “bored and distracted” all the information we just read is considered “non-essential” information. DNF books fall into the “non-essential” category because of personal preference. I didn’t particularly dislike this book, more so I saw potential in the plot through a lengthy editing process. I was bored with the repetitious sentences and bored with information unfolding as the chapter progressed. I also saw myself in this book. How I was when I first started writing, really fucking bad. The first five pages of this book reflected how I was when I started writing, and the difference between myself and this author is — this author published a book and I didn’t. I still haven’t for those exact reasons. All those things considering, I commend this author for putting their work out there. Confidently seeing their story printed and gaining an audience who sees something differently than I do.
But I also I cheated. I had to see if I was the only one who felt this way. So, I read reviews on Goodreads and Amazon, and it turns out that I am not the only person. There have been plenty of reviews feeling exactly the same way I do. And then there were reviews on the other side, five and four star reviews. People loved this book, but didn’t see what I saw in the writing, leaving raving reviews.
While I love four and five star reviews, three star reviews is where the honesty is at. The reviewers who will confidently pick apart a story and logically explain their reasons for their rating. Three star reviews are my absolute favorite to read.
I know this won’t be my last DNF book for the year, but it will be the first that hurts the most. The dread of DNF’ing books is hard on this reader.