Book Discussion: Why I Do Not DNF Books

Hello everyone! How has been the new year treating you? Hope that you’ve had a great start! In my case, I’ve been feeling a lot of energy lately since I really wanted this year to be better than my last year – including in the blogging and reading aspects. So here’s a blog post from me, I hope I will be able to keep this up and post more. This is an idea that popped into my head because I’ve read posts like this some time ago.

What does DNF mean?

DNF means “Did Not Finish”. It means that you’ve started a book but did not finish it. There’s plenty of reasons why readers DNF books. It may be because the writing style isn’t really their cup of tea or the plot just wasn’t going anywhere.

So… why don’t I DNF books?

Disclaimer…. I actually have DNF some books but it’s very rare. I think I’ve only DNF 3-5 books in my entire life so I still count myself as someone who do not DNF books (generally).

Anyways, I’ve also read a lot of books that just wasn’t working for me. Either I find the plot too boring or I just dislike the characters but I tend to push through and try my best to finish the book. And it all started because of a literary class back when I was in College (maybe around 8 years ago). We were assigned a book written by a local author but is in English. It was a magic realism but the book has really pushed its limits with its fantastical events. It was just so bizarre but since it was a required reading I had to finish the book. I didn’t really like the book until the very last sentence.

After everything, you must know that I love you.

I know that reading that quote does not clear up why that sentence made an impact to me. But then that sentence has redeemed the entire book. It gave such an impactful ending to the main characters. It felt like I finally understood the characters in that just one sentence. With that just one sentence, my star rating for the book jumped from 1 star to 5 stars.

Since then, I’ve kinda made a pact with myself that I would try my best to finish every book I start. And I am glad I did because there are plenty of instances when the book really gets a lot better towards the end. Also, there are books that fall off. So, I realized that it would be very hard to judge a book without reading its entirety.

So… that’s it! That’s the reason why I do not DNF books. How about you? Do you DNF books? Chat with me through the comments below! 🙂

– Simply Allana

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