DNFs. Does it count toward your annual goal or no?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Today we are talking about DNFs. As bloggers, we all have those books that God help us, but we just can't finish them. They are the meh books that don't hit that spot where you don't care enough to even know what happens in the end either because you hate the book or you're indifferent.

As I have only been blogging for 8 months now, I have only DNF'ed two or three books. But here's the problem: Do you log them and count them toward your annual reading goal? If so, do you have to get a certain percentage? Or do you just plain not log them as finished?

Part of me thinks that logging them toward my Goodreads annual challenge is somehow cheating, but then again what if I get through 340 pages of a 500 page book, but just can't hack it enough to make it to the end? What then?

I personally am not sure what side I'm on for this post, but what do you think? Should you log DNFs as finished on Goodreads, or not?

7 comments:

  1. Personally, I never count a book toward any sort of total unless I've read it from cover to cover. I will review DNFs (especially if I've read a good percentage of the book), but they don't get counted toward challenges or get a rating.

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  2. I don't count them, but I just checked Goodreads and I accidentally have a few of this year's DNFs counting towards my total. I need to get them out of there. I generally DNF much earlier than page 340/500 though. It would be hard not to count that one. That's as long as a whole book in some cases.

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    1. Generally, I don't get that far either, but there were a couple times that that happened. I generally stop at about 100-150 pages.

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  3. I do count them, just because my goodreads counts them but I feel your pain! It totally feels like cheating. I've DNF'd I think...2 books this year? And one I just had on hold for over half of last year and then it was still sitting on my Goodreads shelf as "currently reading" and I had to seriously say to myself, "Am I going to finish that? I hate it. So. NO." The other one just made me uncomfortable. So yes they're marked towards my goal and I felt bad...so I just have to read an extra 2 books to cover it, right? ;)
    Thanks for stopping by @ Notebook Sisters!

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    1. Exactly. Goodreads makes it more difficult. I think they need a DNF feature of some sort so you can keep track of what you tried to read. Because if you mark it as "read", well, that's not exactly true... and if you mark it as "want to read", that's not really true, either... and if you remove it from your books completely, you might accidentally pick it up again one day!

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    2. Yeah, for the most part I'm pretty good at finishing books even though I really hate them. But there are just so many books to read, so I feel like I need to make room for the ones that will matter to me... not to mention I also feel pressured to write a review. Oh the problems a book blogger faces.

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  4. I don't have a lot of DNF books, but I don't count them when I do since I didn't finish them, so I didn't technically read the book.

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