I've realized that I have a big problem DNFing books. Like... a MAJOR problem. If I'm far enough into a book, I will not put it down no matter if I absolutely hate it. So I've decided to write a post about DNFing to help not only me but you guys too!
1. Have an out.
This is the first and probably most important step. You need to make sure you have a page number or percentage in mind that you will decide to DNF once you get to that point. For some people, they like the Rule of 50, or even 69. And you ebook readers generally have a percentage between 15-25%.
Pick a number that will work best for you and stick with it!
No compromising the number later!
2. Begin Reading.
Start your book with a positive attitude but not so high that you will be disappointed. After the second chapter, take a moment to evaluate (it will only take a second).
Do you hate it, haven't decided, love it, or are you somewhere in between?
3. Identify your feelings.
Realize why you don't like it so far, or why you are on the fence about it. Is it the characters, plot, style, pacing? Take a moment to identify why it''s iffy.
Good thing is you still have time before you get to the DNF point, and you might be surprised and the author will pull an utterly amazing fast one on you.
4. You hit the DNF point.
All right, no you've hit the point of no return. You will never be the same. And now you have to make the decision.
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Ewww!!!! meh Ahhhhh!!!!
Okay, so that is how you are going to gauge your feelings.
Hated It: You hate it with a passion. You really don't like the characters or plot for many reasons.
Meh: You don't really care overly much. Nothing is really drawing you. You can easily put the book done so you can go to sleep at night.
Loved it: You're crazy about the book! You most likely didn't even realize when you passed the DNF point. You read WAAAYYY into the night, and you might possibly have noticed that birds are twittering and you didn't get a wink of sleep.
5. You make the decision:
Most of the time you will find yourself in between the three major feelings on the spectrum above. A good rule of thumb is to use the following criteria.
If you are between:
Ew!! --> Meh: You should most likely take the loss and DNF it.
Meh --> Ahhh!!: You should most likely keep going and figure out how this book ends.
What do you think about DNFing? Do you have a DNF point or have you even DNF'd a book before?