When you google DNF, you get a lot of pictures of Duke Nukem Forever (which I knew nothing about until about 2 minutes ago), but in the blogopshere it's short for 'did not finish'.
I used to ALWAYS finish a book I started even if I hated it and it was 1000 pages, I would stick with it. And I'd have a horrible time of it usually. Or it would take off after a while and I'd be happy I'd given it another chance.
These days, I just don't have the time to read books I dislike. It sounds kinda harsh, but I have to figure out how to squeeze reading time into my busy schedule and when I'm not enjoying a book, I don't want to waste that precious time on it.
And thus I've learned to DNF.
I don't like it, it goes against all my instincts, but sometimes finishing a book is just not worth it if I'm not into it. I like to think that I always give them a fair chance, and I'll read 50-100 pages of it before I decide whether or not to put it down.
Sometimes the story's just not grabbing me, other times I want to tear the book apart in frustration. But mostly it comes down to this: I'm not enjoying the book and I'd rather read any of the hundreds of other books that I've got on my TBR list.
As a blogger, I read a lot of books for review and I kinda panicked when I first felt the urge to DNF a review book. I mean, what do you do then? Do you still review them? Rate them on Goodreads/Amazon/anywhere else?
I think there is no perfect solution for this, but here's what I do: I don't review them, but I do rate them on Goodreads. I feel that even though I've only read 50-100 pages of the book, if I disliked it enough that I actually wanted to stop reading it, it says something as well.
So what about you? Do you DNF books? Feel this crippling sensation of guilt because you're putting it down before it's finished? Or a sense of unfulfilment because now you won't know how it'll all end? Do you write a review? Tell me!