Have you ever started reading a book and found that you were thinking about what you were going to make for dinner instead? Or maybe you have found yourself thinking about another book you really wish you were reading at that moment? These may be signs and symptoms of your need to DNF.
DO NOT PANIC – you do not need to finish every single book that you read. I know it can be hard, especially if you are someone who needs to finish ever book you start. But come on peeps, life is short! If you don’t like broccoli, you aren’t going to eat it (well, I won’t). So why force yourself to read a book that is slowly killing you?
I will make it easy for you. Here are a list of reasons why you can DNF, and if you do end up DNF’ing and you need someone to blame…I’m your girl 🙂
1. Repetition of a word
I recently stopped reading a book because the main character kept calling his parents “the parentals”. At first I was like, no biggie. But then he KEPT calling them that on every single freaking page. I couldn’t handle it. It didn’t help that the writing was pretty average as well, but I wouldn’t have minded it that much if there wasn’t that word repetition. Call them your parents, or mum and dad, or aliens! Just STOP calling them “the parentals”!!!!
2. The main character is an idiot
Especially if it is in first person. You are stuck in this persons head so in a way you become that person. I have DNF’d books because the MC is overly bitter, whiney, self-righteous or just an outright douche. And it can be absolutely frustrating when the MC’s every decision is wrong or stupid.
3. Lack of plot
You know the stories where you are just like…where the hell is this going? Why am I still reading this? If you are finding yourself confused or bored then just stop. You need to move on.
4. The author is prejudiced
You may notice this either in the undertones or it is boom in your face. Unless you plan on writing a very ranty review about it to deter other people from reading it, why continue on? What are you going to get out of it apart from a headache or a nose bleed? There is no place in the world for hate, and unfortunately publishers only see dollar signs which is why some of these horrid stories end up being published. Move on to your next book and don’t read or promote this authors work again.
5. Animal cruelty
I absolutely cannot stand it. It will make me cry, it will make me angry. Too much of this stuff goes on in the real world as it is, and it upsets me. Why the hell would I want to read it in a book? If there is even an inkling that the animal will die, I stop reading.
6. You have just found out the author is a bit of a prick
Case in point. I loved the Outlander series, I thought Diana Gabaldon was great. Until she tweeted a really snobby, pretentious and kind of mean tweet to a fan. Now do I want to continue reading her books? No, not really. Some people are able to set the artist and art apart, but I am not one of those people. While there are certainly worse authors out there who say some absolutely horrible things, they need to remember why they are where they are. They need to remember their fan-base. They need to not be dicks.
7. The genre is not for you
You like fantasy but you thought you would give that crime/thriller book a go. If it isn’t tickling your fancy and you want to go back to magic and fairy dust, just do it. Good on you for giving a different genre a go, now get back to Middle Earth!!
Sometimes you may find that the book you are reading doesn’t really sit well with you because of wherever you are in your life. There have been books that I have put down because of my anxiety/depression, and I found that the book I was reading exacerbated it. With these ones, you may want to come back to them later when you feel like it isn’t going to affect you negatively. And that’s ok!!