This weeks topic is ‘What makes you DNF a book?’, which is a very interesting topic! The shortest answer is that if I do not enjoy reading the book I will DNF it! I mean I read for my enjoyment, so if I do not enjoy the reading, why should I continue?!
Is there a specific trope you can’t stand? A plot twist that will make you drop instantly?
Not really. In my opinion all tropes can be good if they are executed well! Or in a good/original way! Kinda the same for plot twists, as long as it is done well I could definitely enjoy it. I really do not like when characters die and the plot twist is that tada character is still alive.. I don’t like it, but it won’t make me drop the book!
How many pages do you usually give a book to capture your attention?
I usually try to read at least 100 pages or 25%, bit depending on how long the book is of course. One of the reasons why I would DNF a book is if I’m too confused by the plot. But it often takes a it before the plot makes sense, or starts connecting. So I’m okay with being confused for a while, but at some point things have to start make sense! So for that reason I do not want to DNF a book too quickly, since every book needs a bit of time to set up!
How many books do you give a series before deciding if it’s worth your time?
Really depending on the series! I kinda have decided to not continue with Children of Blood and Bone, I absolutely loved book one, but really did not enjoy book two. And now I just do not care for what will happen to the characters in the last book. Part of me is like ‘it is just one more book to complete the series’, but honestly I would need to reread them, and I just do not want to. So in this case two books.
I have also decided to not continue with the spellslinger series. I really enjoyed book one, since it quite caught me by surprise. But then I read book two, and it was just not as special and I felt quite mediocre about it. I still tried the third book, in case it was just the second book I thought was mediocre, but the third one was as well. And I just do not want to spend my reading time on a mediocre series. So in this case I read 3/6 before stopping.
So it really depends on why I do not like the series, did I really despise the last book I read or was it mediocre? But honestly also how many books there are still left, if it is just one, I might go and try it haha!
Do you count books as read on GoodReads if you DNF them?
No I don’t. I made an extra shelf on GoodReads for my DNF’ed books, since I do want to mark them with something. And in this way I’m also able to leave my review. Then I can look back later and see why I stopped reading a book!