DNF Book Tag

Over the last couple of months I’ve found myself DNF’ing more and more books, so thought it was a fitting time to do the DNF Book Tag.

The tag was originally developed by Gunpowder, Fiction and Plot over on YouTube so be sure to check their video out. I’ll be using the questions from the original tag as a guide but putting my own spin on them.

Here are the original questions for those of you that would like to do the tag:

1. Do you dnf?
2. If you dnf a book does it count towards books read for the month?
3. Is there a difference between dnfing and ‘just putting down for a bit’?
4. What popular book did you dnf?
5. What book do you wish you had dnfed?
6. Do you ever re-attempt to read a dnf? Has this ever been successful for you?
7. What do you do with books you dnf?
8. Do you choose more or less risky titles because of your stance on dnfing?

1. Do you DNF?

You bet I do. Life is too short to force myself to read books that I’m not enjoying āœŒ

2. What is your opinion on DNFing?

I think DNFing is a positive thing and something that all readers should do. I started out being reluctant to DNF because it felt like I’d failed or somehow wasted my time if I didn’t read a book until the end. Then I realised that it was actually the opposite and that reading a book to the end that I disliked was more of a waste of my time than DNFing. Since I like to go into books blind, I often pick something up only to find that it wasn’t at all what I was expecting so being flexible with DNFing is important for me. I can tell pretty early on whether a book is going to be worthwhile reading and if it’s not, I don’t see the point in forcing myself to persevere when I could spend that time reading something else.

3. If you DNF a book does it count towards books read that month?

Nope. I only include books that I’ve read in full.

4. Is there a difference between DNFing and just putting down for now?

Not really. To me, DNF means what it stands for – Did Not Finish – so whether it’s for now or forever, it’s still a DNF. Having said that, I do have two types of DNF that I categorise my books into – hard DNF and temporary DNF. Hard DNF’s are books that I’m never coming back to and temporary DNF’s are books I plan to come back to and finish. Since I’m a mood reader, I often DNF books temporarily if I find I’m not in the mood for that particular book at the time I’m reading it.

5. What popular books have you DNFed and why?

  • Becoming (Michelle Obama) – This is a book I picked up because of its popularity. Despite not having a personal interest in Michelle Obama or her back-story, I thought I’d find value in the themes that Michelle was likely to discuss around politics, feminism and race. Unfortunately, there was little discussion of those topics and I didn’t connect to the detached, chronological narration style.
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Bejamin Alire Saenz) – I picked this up when I was looking for a reflective LGBTQIA+ read but simply didn’t connect to the characters or the story. It read too young for me and was too angst-ridden at the expense of any real development or discussion of the themes it was depicting.
  • The House in the Cerulean Sea (T. J. Klune) – Another book I reached for based on popularity and another lesson that a book being popular doesn’t always guarantee that I’ll enjoy it. I loved the concept of this but it fell completely flat. The characters were one dimensional, there was no real plot and it felt like it was purposefully written to be sweet and felt forced.
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Mackenzi Lee) – I really, really didn’t like this book. It was historically inaccurate, the plot was contrived and nonscencial and I didn’t like the portrayal of queerness which felt like it was shoe-horned in for the sake of representation.

6. What book(s) do you wish you had DNFed?

In hindsight, there’s a lot of books I wish I’d DNFed šŸ˜‚

How to Disappear (Gillian McAllister), Interview with the Vampire (Anne Rice), Get Your Sh*t Together (Sarah Knight), The Guest Cat (Takashi Hiraide), Misery (Stephen King)… and the list could continue. Pretty much any books that I rated 2 or 3 stars were probably books that weren’t that worthwhile and that I could’ve/should’ve DNFed.

7. What book(s) have you recently DNF’d?

  • Reaper Man – Temporary DNF
  • I Capture the Castle – Temporary DNF
  • Anne of Green Gables – Temporary DNF
  • The House in the Cerulean Sea – Hard DNF

8. Have you ever successfully read a book that was originally a DNF?

Yes, I’ve come back to a lot of books that I originally DNFed and generally have a lot of success with it. As a mood reader, my DNFing a book is often a reflection of my own mood at that time rather than the book itself, so most of the time I can come back to a book I’ve DNFed and enjoy it. The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings are two prime examples. I tried multiple times to read them as a teenager but couldn’t get to grips with Tolkien’s writing style and pacing, then came back to them a couple of years ago and loved them.

Do you DNF books? Share your thoughts about DNFing in the comments!

I tag anybody that would like to do the DNF Book Tag to do it! You can use the original questions or my adapted version of the questions.

Stay safe, my lovelies and keep reading.


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