There is so many books in the world it’s a little overwhelming sometimes and with so many amazing books out there I don’t want to waste time reading bad ones, or even books that are just okay. I almost never read a book without reading a review first I want to know if I’ll like it of course you can never know for sure but if a blogger I trust gives a book a good review it jumps to the top of my TBR.
I always give a book at least fifty pages to grab my attention if it doesn’t then I stop reading it. This year my average rating has been four stars and the reason is I DNF (did not finish) books more often, I used to hardly ever do it I also used to read more books I didn’t like. I know some people don’t like not finishing things because they just have to know how it ends but I like it because if I don’t like the first fifty pages then I’m probably not going to like the rest of the book.
There is one exception to not finishing books and that is arcs if you requested a arc then you owe it to the publisher or author who sent it to you to finish it and review it. If you didn’t ask for the arc but are on the publishers mailing list then it’s okay to DNF the book but I think you should consider hosting a giveaway there’s probably lots of bloggers who want it and who might like it more than you. Arcs are very limited and there for the purpose of promoting a book and a giveaway can do that just as well or maybe better then I review.
There’s been some debate about whether or not you should post reviews for books you DNF, I think it’s fine as long as you say you didn’t finished it and maybe even say how far you got. If you didn’t finish a book then I think it’s a pretty good indicator that you didn’t like it, I normally still give the book two stars instead of one because there could be some other things about it that I might have liked. I’ve never posted a DNF review because I just don’t feel like I have enough things to talk about, I probably only read about half the book or less and for me that’s not enough content to write a full review on.
Do you DNF books? Have you ever posted a DNF review, or do you think you shouldn’t post reviews for books you don’t finish?