by Kiersten Hallie Krum
Everyone has it, that book that they DNFd—Did Not Finish. The story that was so bad, so aggravating, so unbearable, they could make it through to the end.
Much like a movie, or TV show, the number of books I’ve DNFd in all my many years of reading have been few and far between. It’s a stubborn thing, I guess. I have to finish it, even if I don’t like it. I have to know how it ends. Even if it sucks. Even if I want to throw it against the wall for all it’s grievances against the written word, I’ll still finish it.
I read a book this month that I simply could not finish. I set it down and went off and read three or four other books in the same time that it took me to finish this one. I was disappointed–I liked this author long ago–but that happens. And I was determined to finish the damn thing no matter what if only to have one the battle, so to speak
No one sets out to write a DNF-level book. But it happens, sometimes even by the most accomplished writers in a genre.
Have you even had a book you DNFd? What made you throw it against the wall, proverbially or literally? Would you press on reading a book you wanted to DNF? Why?
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