DNF-ing Books can Change Your Life

What does “DNF” mean? It’s an acronym for “Did Not Finish”. Books that, obviously, you did not finish go under this category. So, have you ever started a book and never finished it?

Most of us always try to finish the book we are reading. Of course, we want to see where the story goes and how it will end. Most of the time, we are giving a book all the chances we think it deserves until we get to the end. Then, we’d be disappointed, and that everything seemed like a waste of time.

As the saying goes, “So many books, so little time” (Don’t quote me on this one. I’ve seen this quote many times already, and couldn’t help but agree.). We want to read every book out there. We want to understand why people love these books so much. However, these books that other people love might not be for us.

If that would be the case, you may evaluate the situation first. You may ask yourself these following questions:

  • Is this really worth my time?
  • Am I curious enough to know where the story will go?
  • Why am I reading it?
  • Is my reason enough to continue (though I’m having issues with it)?

DNF-ing books, or not finishing them can help you have more time for the books you are more interested with. Not because you stopped reading it, doesn’t mean you cannot pick it up again in the future. This is most likely to happen if you are a mood reader. Also, I just want to mention that DNF-ing books doesn’t mean that the book is bad, it may mean that the book is not for you. Also this will help you to identify what you like and don’t like in the stories you’re reading.

Stop forcing yourself to read books you are not liking.

I just started DNF-ing books, and it helps me big time. Though slumps can be inevitable, but this lessens my reading slump. It’s okay to read the books you are interested with. You don’t have what everyone else is reading. You may be curious that’s why you’ll pick it up. But if you don’t like what you’re reading, you can put it back down again.

Thank you for taking your time reading this. For now open that book and come read with me.

8 thoughts on “DNF-ing Books can Change Your Life

  1. I have experienced this many times before. I felt super obligated to finish some books I started. I ended up not really feeling accomplished like how I would be when I finish reading books I found great. So yes, I totally relate to this. Haha.

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    1. You van try putting the book down, and read what you’re really interested with. Maybe you’re just not in the mood for the other book. If you still feel bad about not finishing it, you can give it a second chance. 🙂


  2. I used to feel bad about DNF-ing a book, but sometimes if it’s not working for you, you have to move on to the next book. But I usually try to read them again a few months or years after. 🙂

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      1. Yeah, I think that we, as readers, also have different “moods” when it comes to reading. I remember DNF-ing The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay and then I read it a year after I DNF-ed it, and totally loved it. 😅


  3. Before blogging and when I first started, I always try to finish books even though I didn’t like it as a way to ~appreciate~ the author. But I agree that more often than not, forcing myself to finish a book I know I didn’t enjoy always put me in a reading slump. I still find it hard to DNF (I always take too long in thinking it over) but I certainly did it more now and it does help avoiding slumps 🙂

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