What kind of book fits the criteria of a DNF?
- Plot: this is either too confusing (meaning it skips parts or simply has moments where I can't follow), too slow, or too complicated. In this specific book, we were given the POV of the villain, which just totally killed the mood and part of the mystery of the book. It also broke up the rhythm of the plot.
- Characters: the characters are either unlikable, I don't care about what happens to them, or they're all flat. I understand some of the minor characters being one-dimensional, but when the main ones are like that, I lose interest.
- The Romance: I normally don't have huge issues with the romance. The instalove doesn't bother me as much as it should, but the relationship has to be believable somehow. Part of this is that the love interest has to be likable. Also, when the romance is a Twilight repeat, I just can't go on.
YES. I don't really review on Amazon (something I should really get on), but I definitely rate on Goodreads. But, when I do give it a rating, at the same time I put it in review section below it stipulating that it was a DNF. I make sure people know that I rated it that low for a reason. And while I hate to rate something that I didn't even finish, I invested enough of my time reading something, and I believe I have a grasp of what the rest of the book is going to look like. And yes, I do mark it as read for the same reason I just stated: I've spent time reading this book that I could have read on another, hopefully better, book.Do I write a review of it on my blog?
Again, a big yes! My readers follow me because of my content (well, at least half do... I hope) and so I want to give them honest reviews. I used to want to follow the crowd and give a review that would please everyone. But after a year and a half of blogging, I know that I need to give my honest opinion. And my honest opinion of these books is that they weren't for me. It takes a lot of self-restraint to not just completely trash this book in my review. I just have to calmly explain why I couldn't finish it, and then give it some credit on certain things.Bought DNF books vs. review DNF books?
Then there's the issue of whether this book you didn't finish is a review book or one that you bought. For one that you bought, it's not a big deal. Yes, you may have lost some money on it, but you can either give it away to a friend or on your blog, or you can donate it to a library, or sell it to a used bookstore. But if it's a review book, what do you do? I don't send my reviews of review books to the publishers very much, partly because I'm lazy but mostly because I forget. But I think it helps everyone involved in the book to know what could have been changed about it. The problems really arise when it's part of a blog tour, which is what this one was. I had to e-mail the coordinator of the tour and ask for a promo post instead, which I've never done. But they ask specifically not to write a review for the book if it's under 3/5 whatever-your-rating-system-is, and a DNF is either a 1 or 2 out of 5, and 2 is pushing it.Case in point, DNF's suck, but you have to ultimately decide if you should let your readers know and have it effect the Goodreads rating of it, or just keep it to yourself and just vent to your friends. In this case, I've decided I'm going to share it with my readers and have it effect the rating on Goodreads. People need to see all angles of a DNF.
What do you guys think? Have you ever had a book that you didn't finish? Did you rate and review that book? Let me know in the comments!