Feature and Follow Friday 8.2.2013

Feature and Follow Friday BadgeWelcome to my post for Feature and Follow Friday. This meme is the brainchild of Alison at Alison Can Read and Rachel at Parajunkee’s View.

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.

12 thoughts on “Feature and Follow Friday 8.2.2013”

  1. I only started to DNF after I began blogging but my genre range is huge. I personally do not blog a review on books that I do not finish. I do however post feedback to publisher/author and set on my DNF shelf in goodreads and briefly explain reasons I stopped reading.

    1. That’s a smart way of handling that – putting it on Goodreads. Occasionally, when I allow myself to read something that I don’t plan on reviewing, I at least put it on Goodreads. I hate leaving that area blank!

      Thanks, Kimba –

    1. Thanks for the comment, Dabin! Excellent characters are a must, but it the grammar is horrible, those characters would have to be super high lever awesome.

      I look forward to checking out your blog!

  2. If I have to/am planning on reviewing a book, I fight my way to the bitter end. But if it isn’t an ARC/review copy/whatever…these days?? I DNF. That said, I have only 8 books on my unfinished Goodreads shelf. Two of those are one there because I was reading them at Barnes and Noble and they sold out. And another one was not that bad, but I fell in love with a fiction book I was reading at the time.
    A good record I would say!

    Old Bloglovin’ follower!

  3. Some books are just impossible to finish and you get to a point where you’re thinking ‘why am I reading this? Life’s too short!’
    Besides, DNF reviews are just as valid as any other review. I have to admit, most of the books I want to DNF are indie books.

    Thanks for stopping at my hop! New follower via Twitter, FB and Bloglovin’!
    ~Tilly @ Hardcore Heroines

    1. But how long do you give it? Some books are dreadfully slow or have a lot of info/build up/whatever at the beginning, and they turn into something great. Have you had that happen? I AM NOW SO WORRIED THAT YOU WILL MISS SOMETHING AWESOME! Oh no, Quinn! Don’t give up too soon! 🙂

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