So one of my bookish resolutions for this year was to DNF more books.
Yes. You read that right. DNF more books.
The thing is we act like that’s a bad thing in the book community. I think it’s perfectly healthy and even good to DNF books. Trying to drag yourself through books can lead to serious book slumps, in my experience. It can also lead to you feeling like you just don’t enjoy reading as much.
So why do we treat it like a bad thing?
One reason can be our book goals. You know, that good ol’ Goodreads goal? Everyone and their mom wants to reach theirs, right? But this is probably the primary reason why we finish books we don’t like. We want to be able to see another book on our shelf that we’ve finished, to feel that zing of accomplishment.
Another reason why we push to finish books we don’t like, I think, is hype. The more hype a book gets, the more we want to love it, and the more chances we’re willing to give a book. We give a book chance after chance after chance until suddenly we’re at the end, unsatisfied, and not in a good, cliffhanger-y way. Hype also puts pressure on us to finish a book by making us feel like we’ll get a lot of hate from others if we don’t finish a book that is well loved.
“Okay, okay,” you might be saying, “But what’s so bad about finishing a book I dislike? What’s the problem?”
The problem is that reading shouldn’t be another task, it should be a source of enjoyment! We shouldn’t feel obligated when it comes to books, but rather, willing. When it starts to feel to much like an obligation, like a chore, we start to enjoy reading less. Why does everyone hate school required reading so much? It feels forced. This, as I stated before, can lead to serious reading slumps and enjoying reading less.
Anyway, that’s my take on this topic! Now it’s your turn!