Welcome to Bookish Blatherings, a Bad Bird Reads feature where I ramble about bookish or bloggerish things and hopefully you will join in on the discussion.
I feel like it takes a lot for me to DNF a book. I always try to stick with a read. I would say at the 40-50% mark, if it’s not meeting my standards, I will put it down for good. The least I ever made it in a book before I DNFed it was 15%. To stop that early it has to be an extreme case. Maybe it’s stupid on my part to give books that much time to get better, but I think I am an optimist when it comes to books I read.
But what I really wanted to talk about was what makes me DNF a book. I feel like there isn’t any specific story characteristics that make me stop reading a book for good. I can handle and put up with most things, even when I hate them. So what warrants a DNF for me is being just plain BORING! I can do slow pacing or slow parts of a book. But if a book never gets exciting or interesting, what’s the fucking point? Books are suppose to be entertaining. Period. If you can’t keep my attention, I’m moving on. Even the things I hate, like killing off a love interest, I can handle because at least it’s interesting. But there is nothing worse than a boring book.
How far into a book does it take for you to give up on it, and what does it take for you to DNF a book?