If you asked me 2 years ago if I would feel bad about not finishing a book, I would have said yes. Now, not so much. I recently read a post from my Blogger BFF, Berls over at Fantasy is More Fun, she talked about why she got pissed after finishing a book that she only gave 2 stars too. You can see that post HERE. This got me thinking about a book I just DNF’d this year. Yup….not even a month in and I already had my first DNF..Why? Well I am planning on telling you and letting you know that I do not feel guilty about it…not one bit.
How often do you just not finish a book? Before blogging it would happen often, you just didn’t know because I wasn’t writing about it. Once I started blogging, I would posts about books I wanted to read, ARCs I would get and was excited about or books that I purchased. I would read them and realize…Um..No, I don’t like this. I would then force myself to finish the book or feel really, really guilty about it. So mush so that I would quietly remove them from my Goodreads, Currently reading, and move onto the next book, never letting anyone know why I didn’t finish it because I felt so bad for not liking it. Now I don’t feel guilty anymore…what changed?
The recent book I was reading , I just wasn’t feeling the story, it was rather flat and I wasn’t connecting with the characters. I realized at the moment that I am done trying and just want to read and enjoy. Now, should I have kept reading something I didn’t like? I have a TON….A TON of books that are just sitting on my kindle and my book shelf waiting for me to read them…well maybe not waiting considering they are books but like stuffed animals I do think books have feeling too……anyway, I have so many books I want to read that I can’t feel bad that I don’t like a book. I don’t eat liver because I don’t like it but you might like, I don’t feel bad I don’t like it, we all are not going to like the same things. So it’s sort of the same with books. I want to enjoy a book and I want to get as far away from real life as possible and that isn’t going to happen if I keep reading a book I don’t like. You know what else happens when I don’t like or hate a book? I get angry, like my friend Berls said. You know what happens when I get angry? I write a not so nice review that no one deserves. So I would rather be totally bummed I didn’t like it, write a short review about why and leave the anger for those things that really make me angry, like people that don’t believe stuffed animals have feelings too.
You are not going to like EVERY book you read, just like you aren’t going to like every person you meet. No one says you have too and no one should force you to like someone if you don’t…same with books….Well, that was better than the liver comparison. So you can’t feel guilty and I am sure an author doesn’t want someone to read their book if they are not enjoying it, they wrote it to be enjoyed but they also understand not everyone is going to like their book. As much as I was against writing DNF reviews, I have decided I think people need to know why I didn’t like it and realize it’s ok to not like it. I don’t want to feel guilty for not liking something. I use reading to relax and get me away from real life. Regardless of where I get the book from…if I don’t like it, I am not reading it.
At this point you are probably thinking this totally makes no sense or what the hell did she just say or did she just compare eating liver to reading a book? yes I did….but, thanks for not DNF’ing this 🙂
Do you feel guilty about not finishing a book? or Not at all like me?
Thanks for stopping by
Have a great day and HAPPY reading!