Let’s talk about DNF.   

No, I don’t mean Do Not F— with me.  lol*  You horriable minded folks.  I’m kidding! I’m kidding!  No I am talking about Did Not Finish.

I had my first Do Not Finish.  I must say I was really upset by this.  I mean how does one tell the publisher “Sorry I did not finish your book“.

My first DNF was called The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond.  Now I am not saying that the book was terriable.  I am saying I just could not get into the book.  I picked it up and started reading it and I felt the book had a good  plot but the beginning execution could not hold my attention.  Here is my message to the publisher:

“I really could not get into the book. I hated to do it but I had to put it on my DNF list. I really cannot leave an honest review. The book just started out really jumpy and confusing and kind of boring. Sorry. I will try again and if I can get into it I will leave an honest review. But at this time it is unfair for me to try. Thank you for the opportunity.”

What do you think?  Did I handle that well or was I mean?

How do you handle the DNF’s of the world.


32 thoughts on “DNF

  1. You handled it well. Honesty is what every publisher should appreciate. Also, people must understand that the beginning 5% of your books should have enough properly laid out hooks in order to keep readers reading.

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  2. I don’t feel bad about DNFing a book at all unless I was asked to review it then I trudge through it. It’s like watching the pilot of a show. If I’m not hooked in the first or even the second show then it’s just a no go. I can’t force myself to read or watch something that’s boring the hell out of me, lol

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    • I know right. But I thought I might try again at a later date. I have so many TBR’s that I just could not force myself to continue the book. It was taking so much time to get through the first couple chapters. I don’t know why but I just could not finish it .

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      • I have a giant TBR as well but if that book doesn’t do it for me I usually try again with a different series. For example, I think the Throne of Glass books by Sarah Maas are terrible. I read one and no. But her Court of Thorns and Roses series is 1000x better!

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  3. I think you handle that pretty well, I usually struggle a lot with DNFing books and try to pick it up again and again to give the book a chance but I’ve started to avoid this because I need to be honest and if a particular book doesn’t hold your attention why bother with finishing? I think it’s best to put it down and maybe in the future you’ll pick it up again.

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  4. Kind of like you did. I’m honest but diplomatic. It’s no use trying to finish some book you don’t like as it will be counterproductive and give a bad review. I just always am respectful of the writer-s work.

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  5. Nope. Not mean at all! It was honest. I’ve had a few DNF lately too. If I can’t get past the first 2-3 chapters, I don’t bother trying to press on.🙄

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  6. I actually just went back and scrolled through your blog to find this because I am having to do the same thing!! I really wanted to like this book that an author asked me to review, but I simply can’t. It’s killing me to read it and I don’t want to spend my time reading books I don’t enjoy when there are so many others out there that I want to read. So THANK YOU for this post!!! It was SO helpful!!

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  7. When I struggle with a book, especially if it’s an ARC, I contact the distributor of the ARC and let them know what specific issues I’m having with the book. It has been my experience that the publisher/author is appreciative of even negative feedback. I found your message professional and appropriate.

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