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So, the other day I was reading a book that I won on Goodreads. There was not much in the synopsis but enough for me to believe it was a romance of some sort between an employee and her forbidden boss (he’s rich and powerful and he pursues her – you know the drill). Well, I got a whole heck of a lot more than that (lets just say it made 50 Shades seem PG-13). At the 27% I knew I didn’t like this book and wanted to put down. But, since I won it in a giveaway I thought I should at least get to 50% so I can give a rating and move on.
Move on? I always tell myself I want to do that but then I get to the 50% mark and say “I already came this far, try and finish the book…”
I say this to myself because I already spent 1 – 3 days reading a book and then to DNF, to me wouldn’t count as a book read. And, lets be honest: I created a hefty goodreads reading challenge goal (100 books read for 2018) for myself and need the book count.
I am too competitive with myself and I see how reading a book you hate is not enjoyable and should move on – for all parties involved but I just can’t – that stupid book count.
My questions to you are:
- Do you count DNF books as book’s read? If yes, is it after a certain percentage? If no, does it pain you?
- When do you give up on a book and categorize it as do not finish? At that moment when you know a book may not be for you: do you give it a bit more time before ending or do you stop abruptly?
- Are there any words of encouragement you can provide to give others the strength to give up on a book and feel no remorse?
Tell me anything else you feel about DNF books. I am still mad at myself for wasting two reading days on something so bad and need to be better at putting my foot down. Again, that stupid book count (I do see how this is all my fault and not the book counts, but I am deflecting blame; it’s easier to blame goodreads 😉 )