When I DNF a Book | Book Discussion

Hello, book lovers! 💕

I know we’re already halfway into January, but I thought I’d talk about my Reading Goals for 2021 today. Maybe by writing it all down will somehow hold me accountable for sticking to them. If nothing else, I hope to have a year full of reading and good books (one can only hope all the books I read are good). Even if I don’t manage to reach all my goals by the end of the year.

But anyway, I don’t have too many goals for this year, mainly because I suck at sticking to them and I don’t want to make reading into something that feels like work or something that’s stressful.

So without any further ado, let’s get onto my 2021 reading goals!

To think that I’ve been doing the Goodreads Reading Challenge for ten years. That’s kind of hard to wrap my head around. But I started doing that challenge back in 2011 (though I think I started late that year, which is why I only read 5 books).

So it goes without saying that one of my goals for 2021 is the Goodreads Reading Challenge. I set my goal for this year at 65, since I was able to read more than that last year. But this is where I don’t want to put too much stress on myself to reach that goal. I know that some people don’t count comics or manga in that number, but I don’t think I would be able to reach that many books read if I didn’t. As long as Goodreads counts it as a book read, I’m counting it as a book read.

That’s my main goal for 2021, but I also have a couple other smaller goals that I want to achieve this year. Those include not how many books I read, but the types of books I read.

I’m always looking to read more diverse books, whether that’s a diverse author or main character. Or even setting where the book takes place. I don’t want to feel like I’m reading about the same character regurgitated into different books.

I want to be pushed out of my comfort zone when it comes to the books that I’m reading. So that includes reading different genres than I’m used to. I tend to gravitate towards YA fiction and fantasy, and last year I began to branch out into Adult fiction, even some mystery/thriller books. I want to continue that journey. I want to read more books in genres that I have never or rarely read. The main ones being Adult fiction, Mystery/thriller, and Middle Grade.

Then there’s the goal of lowering my TBR and not buying as many books. I put this as a goal of mine every year, but I never seem to stick to it. While my TBR isn’t nearly as long as some people’s, it’s still longer than I would like. But I keep adding books to it because books keep coming out or I keep discovering new books that I want to read. It’s a never ending cycle, so I don’t think that goal is ever truly obtainable.

As for not buying as many books, well that’s something I’ve always struggled with. And I am trying not to buy as many, mainly because I’m running out of physical space in my room to store so many books. But I still buy ebooks, so I can’t really win. I know I could be using the library (and I do sometimes), but with the pandemic, I’m not comfortable borrowing physical books. I do borrow audiobooks and ebooks sometimes though.

So there you have it. Those are my 2021 Reading Goals. I’m already on track for my Goodreads goal as well as reading diverse books as of right now. Hopefully I can keep it up as the months go on.

What are some goals you have for this year? Are you good at sticking to your reading goals? I’d love to chat in the comments below!

I saw a post on Ella’s Book Corner about when she DNF’s a book. She mentioned that the topic is from Tell Me Something Tuesday created by Heidi from Rainy Day Ramblings, a weekly discussion post dedicated to discussing all things bookish.

Even though it’s from months ago, I figured I’d still participate and discuss the topic since it’s one that I’m interested in.

DNFing a book means “do not finish.” It usually happens when someone isn’t enjoying a book and decides not to read it anymore for whatever reason. It could be the writing style, the main character’s personality, or something that happens in the plot. Any array of things could cause someone to stop reading a book.

And it’s not something that I do often. I don’t really know why, but I don’t find myself putting a book down because I don’t like it. I think the only time that I do that is if I borrow a book from the library. I feel like there’s less pressure to finish a book if I check it out of the library. I can return it if I don’t like it and not feel too much guilt.

But if you’re not enjoying a book, you shouldn’t force yourself to finish it. Why waste your time reading a book that you already know you’re not enjoying? There are so many books in the world that you could be enjoying. Life’s too short to read books you aren’t liking.

So when is it okay to DNF a book? Is it after the first chapter? 100 pages in? Halfway through? A lot of people have varying opinions on it, but I personally try to give a book a chance by at least reading 50 pages, or even halfway through. If I’m not enjoying a book by then, I know I’ve given it a chance and can put it down, whether it’s just for now or for good.

I know I’m going to DNF a book when I have no interest of picking it up. This hasn’t been the case for me in a while, and I can’t remember the last time I’ve DNFed a book. Mostly, I try to finish all the books I start. If I don’t like one, then I don’t force myself to finish it. But I do give it a chance for as long as I can.

So do you DNF books? If so, when is the best time to DNF a book? I’d love to discuss this in the comments below!

Published by The Reading Addict

I am a twenty-something-year-old who is an avid reader. I love anything from young adult fantasy to adult fiction to young adult contemporary.

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