THE DNF book tag was created by Gunpowder, Fiction & Plot over on YouTube!
1) Do you DNF?
ALL THE TIME. If I’m not enjoying a book, or if I start feeling like reading it is becoming a drag, then I DNF it. Simple as that.
2) If you do DNF, does it count for your finished books for the month?
Nope. I have a tab in my reading spreadsheet that I use for tracking which books I’ve DNFd, and how much of them I read before DNFing them. I don’t count books I’ve DNFd in my reading challenge though.
3) Is there a difference between DNFing & just putting the book down for a little bit?
Yes! Sometimes I start a book and I’m not enjoying it because I know I’m not in the right mood for it; in that case, I just put it back on my TBR so I can come back to it later when the time is right.
4) What popular books have you DNFed?
SO MANY. White Teeth by Zadie Smith, A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler, Trust Exercise by Susan Choi, The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy, Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss, the list goes on.
5) What are some books you wished you DNFed?
Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse, Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell, A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum, The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo, The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, Topics of Conversation by Miranda Popkey — basically any book that I’ve rated 2 stars is fair game here. I skim read the last 25% of all these books, which is almost always a sure sign that I should’ve just given up and DNFd them.
6) Have you ever re-attempted to read a DNF? And was this successful for you?
Yes! I recognize that my reading tastes change over time, so I’m always open to revisiting books that I’ve DNFd. Two books that I DNFd in 2019 that I revisited last year were Milkman by Anna Burns and The Idiot by Elif Batuman. Coincidentally enough, both those books ended up at the top of my favourite books of 2020 list, so I can definitely see the value of going back to a book you’d DNFd after some time away.
More recently, I went back to Fingersmith, which I’d DNFd a long time ago, because I had a feeling I would like it, and surprise surprise, Sarah Waters is now one of my favourite authors.
7) What do you do with DNFed books?
Nothing? Almost all the books I read come from the library so if I DNF a book I just return my loan and never look back ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
8) Do you choose more or less risky titles based on your DNF policy?
I think reading from the library and also being pretty liberal with DNFing makes me read a lot of books on a whim/very randomly. I just add stuff to my TBR based on ~the vibes~ and if I don’t end up liking the books then it’s back to the library they go. I feel like DNFing books that I’ve borrowed from the library makes everything very low stakes, as compared to buying a book and feeling the pressure to at least read the whole thing because you spent money on it.