Do you DNF (did not finish) books? I honestly believe life is too short to read books I can’t get into. It’s not like a movie at the movie theatre, where I not only paid money, but invested time and effort and sometimes even more money to physically put on pants *gasp!* (yeah, I know, right?) AND shoes and go to a different location to watch something. Then, even if it’s bad, I’ll tough it out. (But since I’m very picky about what I subject myself to actually go through all that to see in the theater, actually, I’ve never walked out of a movie in the past several years.)
But books? Yeah. And I’m not even talking Amazon freebies or library books or books I picked up 1,000 for $1 at a yard sale books. I’m talking books I’ve bought via Kindle. (And NO, I do NOT return them. EVER. That’s just a dick move.)
Sometimes, a book will GRAB me by the throat and I HAVE to read it all RIGHT NOW (or as soon as possible) to finish. Sometimes a book is good, but I get distracted by other things, sometimes other books, and it gets put down and picked up several times before it’s finished. Sometimes, I defer judgment on it, put it down, and come back to it later. Sometimes, I get to a point where I think, yeeeeaaahhh no. And then I’ll skim through to the end, just to see if it gets better. If yes, I’ll give it another shot later. If no, I delete it. (Or, in the case of print, list it on our paperbackswap.com account.)
And yes, I do use the preview feature and read through reviews for Kindle books I pay for. (Versus freebies where I’ll one-click and sort it out later.) I buy very few fiction books in print anymore. It’s either Kindle, or a used print book.
I do not feel guilty about DNF’ing a book. I just don’t. Just like I don’t take it personally if someone DNF’s one of my books. Everyone has different tastes. There are VERY popular books out there that I absolutely could not get into to save my life. Books that people adore and rave about and will tear you apart like a rabid weasel if you dare even utter a whispered criticism about them. And, yes, I’m an unabashed skimmer, meaning I will go to the end of the book if I have doubts about a book, check out the ending (in the case of romance to ensure the HEA) and THEN I will read. I don’t do this with all books. But honestly? I have very finite time and energy. I don’t want to read a book that’s going to piss me off by the time I get done with it. I have a limited number of spoons every day, and I’ll be damned if I’ll waste them on books (or other entertainment) that doesn’t “feed” me in some necessary way. Whether it’s to laugh, or escape, or entertainment, or whatever.
So don’t bother trying to make me feel guilty about DNF’ing or skimming through a book. LOL
What are your thoughts, peeps? What are your reading habits? Do you insist on finishing every book you start? Will you DNF a book without hesitation? Will you give a book several chances? Please feel free to chime in with your comments.