Saturday, October 5, 2013

Book Girls Don't Cry - What Makes Me DNF

Hello fabulous readers!! This week our topic for Book Girls is DNFing books. We all have different ways to go about it and so each of us wanted to talk about our system for it. 

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I am very patient when it comes to books. I mean, with so many books to read, I can't sit there and listen to a book drone on an on about who knows what if it's not holding my attention. So when is the point I DNF? Well, there are many reasons.
I am a big character reader. To me, the characters are the most important part of a book. Not to say the rest isn't important too, I will get to that. I want to feel some type of connection, especially if it's a book written in first person. If I don't care about a character at all, why am I going to care where the story goes? I don't even have to like a character. I just have to be convinced that I want to read about them and know what will happen. I will admit though, that if a character is especially awful, I would rather they just go fall off a cliff along with the book.


Well, this is a reason we all pick up a book right? I need the story to flow well. It needs to make sense. I know that when we get into time travel and parallel universe stuff it can get tricky, but make me believe your story without making my head spin please.


Ever feel like when you are reading a book you keep seeing the same types of phrases over and over? I don't know why it bothers me so much, but it does. Like when they characters are like "Hey." and then the other is all, "Hey yourself." on every other page. Okay, we get it. They like to say it, but I am sick of reading it every other minute. Okay? Thanks.

Then there's always just the WTF am I reading thing that happens once in a while. You start a book, you are really excited, you get like 40-50 pages in and are like O_o!! I usually try to give a book until 100 pages, but sometimes it just doesn't work. Then there are other books that I give the benefit of the doubt if they are short, and I wish I had just put them down. I don't have a solid system, but it's something. Lol!! 

What makes you DNF? Do we share some of the same thoughts? Let me know in the comments.


  1. I so rarely DNF in the past but I've done it more lately. I think it's because I'm a busy reader. If I'm not enjoying the book, why am I wasting my time on it?

    Totally agree with your reasons. All those things cause me to not enjoy the reading experience and that's what I'm in it for.

    Good post.

  2. I don't DNF often, but when I do, I don't feel especially sorry. And I totally agree with your reasons. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  3. Ugh, I hate when they say 'hey yourself' it's so annoying now that so many books have that piece of dialogue. I'm a big character reader as well, if we are going to be following them the whole time, may as well make them something likeable.

    Great post, Amy! <33

  4. I don't DNF a lot. I do my best to read through the book. But when I do DNF I always give it about 60-75 pages in. If things don't pick up than I put it down.

  5. I am a he DNFisher. Mst of them don’t even make the 15% mark. I just don’t want to waste my time on a book I don’t think I’ll like. Kids in book are a huge pet peeve of mine. I hate reading about kids/babies/pregnancies in books (that makes me sound heartless). Last month I started a book I was really looking forward to, found out the guy had a kid from a previous relationship at 9% and DNF it at 10%. Just couldn’t do it. The naïve virgin is another one that has made me DNF book lately. I’ve just read waaaaay too many and it’s gotten really annoying. Great post!

  6. I have a pretty big list of books this year that I've DNF'd. I'm thinking about making a list at the end of the year and posting it. We'll see. I just can't wait time if I'm not getting into it.

  7. That WTF moment happens to me in almost all my DNF. I'll be reading and just suddenly I'll stop and think "WTF - I'm NOT enjoying this why am I still reading?" and then I usually go check out some reviews and if they don't convince me to stick to it it's a no go. I try to get to at least 50% before DNFing but like.. Red and Tumble and Fall I didn't even get to 20% lol

  8. I try to get at least halfway through before I DNF, but I, like you, am especially irritated by repetitive phrasing, and that is one of the only things that will cause me to DNF early.

    Kate @ The Midnight Garden

  9. Great post! A poorly explained setting, confusing plot, or flat and boring characters will definitely make me DNF a book. I really hate to DNF a book so I usually try to put a lot of effort into finishing it, but there have been a few instances where a book has just annoyed me too much to keep going.


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