I have realized as of late that I don't talk enough with you guys. Scratch that - I definitely talk. But I never discuss. And while I have not had the courage to really talk about anything until now, I've decided to start a discussion post every Sunday called "Sunday Spiel." (You like it? Took me a little while to come up with it, but we should pretend that it didn't.)
Before I get into this, I'd just like to say these are my opinions. I am in no way saying that you should have these opinions or that mine are correct. This is simply a post open to discussion, and you're free to share your opinions as well. :) I love hearing them!
For today, I'd like to talk about something that has been on my mind recently: DNFing books. This is something I never, ever do. I have always made it a point to finish books, whether I think they're terrible or am just bored. In the past, this has been a habit I've gotten into because I feel guilty not finishing books. Especially if I've bought them. I own the book, so no matter how terrible it is I may as well finish it, right?
Wrong. Lately, I've been rethinking that answer. If I'm going to complete the book and totally dislike it, why read it at all? It's a waste of time, considering how many other good books there are out there just waiting to be read. This has also come up because in the past few months there have been a handful of books I've started to read and then put down for something more exciting. I didn't review those books, mainly because I had only read about twenty-five pages. But if you've read half or over half of the book - say the book is about 300 pages and you've read about 150 - is it okay to review it then? Personally, I think that's fine. You know enough to talk about why you disliked the book, and what aspects of it made you put it down.
So this brings us to one more question. Do you review books you've DNFed? It would definitely be the best way to get out that you disliked the book and don't recommend it. Then again, do you know enough about the book to review it if you haven't finished it? I have to say: so far on Spun With Words, I've never reviewed a DNFed book. I never feel like I know enough about the book to review it, and sometimes I even think I should have given it another chance.
This brings up another point. Just because you didn't enjoy the book, that doesn't mean other people won't like it as well. It could be the book isn't your taste or it's simply not your favorite genre. Maybe you like when the focus of the book is the characters, but others enjoy a fast, action-packed plot. In this case, should you really review it and tell everyone not to read it because it wasn't your type of book? There will always be differing opinions, and that means people will decide for themselves what they think of it. If I were to review a book I DNFed, which I'm sure will happen in the future, I would probably name why I didn't like it specifically, but leave the rest open. I'm not sure how I would star it. Generally I try not to rate books anything lower than a 2.5, but if it has to be done it has to be done. How would you rate a book you DNFed?
Overall, I try to finish every book I read, but it can definitely become difficult. If I don't finish a book, I'm almost always less than 50 pages in when I put it down. I don't have enough insight on the book to write a review on it, so I just put it back on the shelf. I'm curious to see what everyone else does!
So what about you guys? Do you put down uninteresting books? If so, do you write DNF reviews?