DNF (standing for Did Not Finish) reviews seem to be a controversial thing in the book review world. And I can see both sides of the debate. On one hand, why write a review of a book you didn’t even finish reading; you can’t get a good picture of the entirety of the novel and thus you can’t give people a complete opinion on it.
On the other hand, talking about why you didn’t finish the novel in the first place actually gives people a lot of information.
I fall into the latter category. I believe that the reasons I finished a book are just as valid as the reasons I might not have. If you look at writing reviews as a way to get information out to potential other readers, telling them why you couldn’t even bring yourself to finish reading someone can convey a huge amount of information to those with similar tastes. If you couldn’t finish it because the plot was dull, the writing was stilted, there were plot holes you could drop a grand piano through, etc, then forewarning others is no bad thing. Might save some people a bit of grief in the long run.
But in spite of that opinion, I don’t typically do DNF reviews here. If I start to read it, I do my damnedest to finish it, even if doing so is painful and I have to force myself to read a chapter a day until it’s finally blissfully over with. If I’m having that much trouble, the review I write is bound to be a negative one, but at least I can pat myself on the back for suffering through it.
It builds character, doncha know?
But there are a few books that I’ve tried that for one reason or another I just haven’t been able to finish. And in all honesty, probably never will finish reading. And I thought that maybe it was time to shine the spotlight on those books, to bring them into the open and say, straight up, why I really can’t stand the thought of going back to reading these.
DNF Week is going to be snarky. It’s going to be a little bit cruel. I’m not going to pull punches with what I write, and I’m not going to sugar coat things. Let’s face it: when I can still force myself to read through all of this and this, then what I haven’t managed to force my was through has got to be particularly galling.
I’m looking forward to this week!