Each week, in addition to a question to answer, one of the previous week’s participants will be randomly selected by each host for an interview (hence the Feature portion of the meme). This week’s featured bloggers are The Mile Long Bookshelf and Hardcore Heroines.
Here’s this week’s question:
How do you handle a book you don’t like? Do you DNF or do you power through?
Oh what a great and thorny question. In the olden days when I only read for pleasure, I don’t ever think I read a book that I didn’t finish. I also don’t remember reading any that I considered to be so horrible/boring/whatever that I couldn’t finish.
I was in a book club for a few years, and even though those were the “lean years” of reading (I didn’t read a whole lot), I never liked to not finish a book. However, since I only got to pick the book selection once a year, there were a good 11 chances that I was not going to like what was chosen by others. I am sure I neglected to finish some of those books, though I can’t remember any specific ones. Still, if it was my choice, I always finished the book. It just seems wrong not to!
These days it’s a different story. I don’t have the extra time to blow on a book that is difficult to finish. And, though I have every intention of finishing I start, there are some that are so bad that I just can’t. I read some indie/ARR books, so even though the descriptions are fantastic, the innards may not be. I usually put it down for a while, then try again, repeating this process until it is painfully obvious that I should stop for my own sanity.W
Having said all of that, I have only DNFd two books in the more than a year and a half that I have been doing book blogging. They were both ARRs. I struggled with both of them, but I. JUST. COULDN’T. I did write reviews of both books even though I didn’t finish, but I did find a lot to talk about in both reviews.