DNF’ing books

Hey Happy Bookworms!

I’m on holiday! Woo ๐ŸŽ‰

I’m planning on writing a lot while I’ve got the time so expect some better quality posts coming up! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Anyway, I thought I’d try a discussion post – see if I enjoy it & if you guys like it, so make sure to tell me in the comments!


DNF = Did not finish
therefore DNF’ing is the verb of not finishing a book.


Lots of readers DNF books on the regular, it clears up space for better books & means they don’t get stuck on a book for too long. It’s also possible that not DNF’ing a book will lead to the infamous monster – the book slump *dun dun duhhhhhhh*


Some books are slow starters & sometimes you have to wait awhile to get attached to the characters, or sometimes worlds are hard to build up without having you trek through a bunch of description and/or explanation first. It can also be a good opportunity to hone your criticism skills (because we all love a good scoff from time to time)

My Opinion:

Guys – I don’t like DNF’ing books and literally can’t remember the last time I did! When I was younger I do remember I stopped reading the never ending story (a chunky book of 500+ pages, which was a lot for however old I was!) but I think my mum read it to me in the end so does it even count?
I just feel bad about not finishing books, I feel like I haven’t given them their proper chance! I’m sure that if I was reading a really bad book then I would have to DNF it but I feel like that would only be if it was a) so bad it was basically unreadable or b) really long (ain”t about to read more than 500 pages of bad!)
I’m also a fan of reading multiple books at once so I think I could combat a bad book sending me into a slump by also reading a good book. What I tend to do is put a bad book in my school bag so I read it only 2ish times a week and get through it like that.


I just want to talk about DNF’ing series for a quick sec because I feel like no one ever does! I see people that aren’t shy to DNF books but when it comes to series they read the whole thing! I’m not talking about bad books here, I’m talking about average books – so they read the first one and it was just alright but then they say they’ll read the next one & I just don’t get it! Isn’t it kinda the same thing? I can maybe understand if the next one is meant to be better but I just think what’s the point? some series just aren’t for us & their are plenty more books in the sea!
*Just saying: this isn’t about anyone in particular*


Please don’t feel bad if you disagree with me on any points! I’m actually really interested in your take on the topic, since I can’t really give a proper balanced argument on it since I’m very clearly on one side!
I obviously don’t like DNF’ing books but I have no problem DNF’ing series! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Thank you so much for reading!

Did you enjoy this kind of post? What’s your opinion on the topic? Do you agree or disagree with me?


El xox

PS: I’m on the hunt for new blogs to follow & interact with, I’ve been trying to blog hop but it would really help if you could leave some of your favourite blogs in the comments (any type and as many as you like) & I’ll check them out!

19 thoughts on “DNF’ing books

  1. Amber says:

    Hey El ๐Ÿ’ž
    Iโ€™m back again ๐Ÿ˜‚ Sorry about my super long comments, I just seriously love your posts and the way you write. So DNFโ€™ing is a really controversial thing in the bookosphere. I mean, did you know that if you read one page of a different book every day of your life thereโ€™s still be enough books to read?! Like dhxksjehfjmxhsudmc. I seriously canโ€™t remember the last time I DNFโ€™ed a book, it just doesnโ€™t happen very often. I also have trouble DNFโ€™ing series. I really donโ€™t know why ๐Ÿ˜‚ I always feel like Iโ€™m missing out if I donโ€™t give it a chance.
    Amazing post El ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ
    Amber x

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    • El says:

      Thank you so much!! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’• It means so much to me that you said that ๐Ÿ™‚
      I didnโ€™t – thatโ€™s actually a really cool fact! But I guess it includes all genres and age ranges? Anyway, since youโ€™re obviously into facts – did you know that on average 30,000 YA books are published each year? THATโ€™S CRAZY!
      I get your missing out feeling, I get it with books but not series.
      Again, thank you so much โ˜บ๏ธ

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      • Amber says:

        Aww, absolutely no problemo! All true ๐Ÿ˜‡ It really is! I was so shocked when I first read it, just thought I’d share it with you ๐Ÿ˜Š Yeah, I guess it does! Still, a lot of books, am I right?! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Wow! That’s crazy like dsorjgnvidkjiihvi, wayy too many YA books! That has totally shcoked me, thanks so much for telling me that fact! #FactLovers4Life aha x
        Yeah, it’s kinda hard to describe ๐Ÿ˜‚
        Amber x

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  2. thebookishskies says:

    So glad you’re on holiday, El! I am too, thank God, and it’s been a weird week so far, because I’m still working like crazy, trying to catch up on all the comments & blog posts I haven’t checked out. Which is probably why I’m so late on commenting in this, lol.
    I don’t DNF books either and I can’t really remember a time I did so. Even if a book is bad, I’ll read it until the end, especially if it’s a physical one, because I did spend my money on it, so I better finish it. If I got a free book on Kindle than I’m more likely to finish it, but buying a book and then DNF-ing it? I’m not wasting my money like that! I’ll finish it even if just to write a rant review afterwards, hahah.
    I think the same idea goes for DNF-ing series. If the first book was mediocre, do I really want to spend my money buying the next ones? Unless I can find them in other sources, then I won’t really continue. It’s all about where I’m spending my dollar, cause books are expensive, hahah.
    Great discussion, El! I hope you continue to write more of them!

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    • El says:

      Yay! But I know what you mean – Iโ€™ve had this long checklist that Iโ€™ve been trying to work through (with little success ๐Ÿ˜‘)
      YES! I love a good rant at a book every now and then! ๐Ÿ˜‚ And I totally agree, I buy a lot of the books I read since my local library is tiny & the bigger one is being renovated (opening soon though!) so I better be getting my moneyโ€™s worth!
      Thank you! Iโ€™m so glad people liked it! ๐Ÿ’•

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  3. Angelica (TheBookCoverGirl) says:

    Great post! I used to be one of the people that never left a book or a series unfished, no matter what. Then I realized that life is way too short to read books that aren’t making you happy. Although, I gotta admit, some series I’ve disliked the first book and have gone on to love the sequels so I usually like to give things at least a second shot if I think there is potential.

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    • El says:

      I think Iโ€™m lucky that I havenโ€™t come across an absolutely dire book yet, I usually manage to find something so I can finish it (usually the characters).
      Thatโ€™s a fair point about the series thing but I just donโ€™t think itโ€™d be worth buying the book for me unless everybody was telling me it was 100% groundbreakingly better or maybe in was in library.
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts! ๐Ÿ’•

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  4. meandinkblog says:

    I have to say I haven’t DNF any books because I feel bad and I am like ‘I spent money on this I have to read it’ but fortunately I haven’t wanted to either most of the time. I really like your pro/con points– both are worth considering. I think if I am not enjoying a book I should be more open to it because with a few books I have dragged my way through it and at the end I was like I should have DNF because I read one book at a time and it made me not enjoying read for 2 weeks or something. But if I am going to DNF I definitely want to have gave the book a chance!! Great post!!

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    • El says:

      I know! I feel like Iโ€™d be more lenient with library books as I havenโ€™t spent money on those but books arenโ€™t cheap ๐Ÿ’ฐ So I feel like I wanna get all the use I can out of them!
      Thank you so much! ๐Ÿ’•

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  5. Isa @theartofbeingisa says:

    The last book I DNFed was Hunger Makes me a Modern Girl and that’s because it was sooo boringgg. I had like 100 pages left in the book but I could not get into it. I loved this post!! x

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