After keeping track of the number of DNFs I did throughout 2018, I actually feel a bit better because it is the least I have ever done. Before 2018, if I had started a book and didn’t enjoy it within a few pages, I would be quick to add it as a DNF straight away, but it all changed last year.
My DNF list used to be massive – embarrassingly large. But last year, I decided to control my DNF much more.
Page 50 is my cut-off point (or 100 if it’s a longer book). I don’t DNF a novel before that point, as this gives the novel a chance to develop from something I wouldn’t usually enjoy into a novel that I absolutely love.
Some books I read in 2018 that I would usually have DNF’d include:
- The Gustav Sonata – Rose Tremain
- Differently Normal – Tammy Robinson
- The Woman Who Stole My Life – Marian Keyes
I also decided that any books that I had DNF’d over previous years without reaching page 50 would be moved back onto my TBR, and if I didn’t manage to even reach page 50 in any books this year, they would also go straight back onto my TBR.
These are some of the books that I had previously DNF’d then read this year and actually enjoyed more than I had expected:
- More Than This – Patrick Ness
- Matched – Ally Carter
However, there were a few that I DNF’d again, or still really disliked:
- We All Looked Up – Tommy Wallach (DNF)
- Tape – Steven Camden (Disliked)
I feel that it is definitely worth holding on with books before DNF-ing them. If you DNF a book before fifty pages, you haven’t really had a chance to get to know what the book is about and the tone set, and usually the pace of the plot picks up between pages 50-100.
I know that through 2019, I’m going to stick to what I did last year because I certainly discovered more book that way.
When do you think it is acceptable to DNF a book?