While it is purely a personal choice, I donâ€™t post â€˜Did Not Finishâ€™ (DNF) reviews on this blog. In fact, I donâ€™t even classify a DNF book as being â€˜readâ€™ by myself nor do I mark it as such on my Goodreads shelves. Quite simply, if I â€˜did not finishâ€™ a book, I did not â€˜readâ€™ it.
I wanted to explain my thoughts on this, as I see a lot of DNF reviews on other blogs.
There are a lot of factors that come into it and I understand all of them being a fellow reader and blogger. Most often a â€˜DNFâ€™ book will make itself known a few chapters in. Sometimes the writing-style is not to your tastes or perhaps it is too similar to a book youâ€™ve already read. Quite often I find that I go into a book and find that itâ€™s actually targeted for a younger audience â€“ sometimes I can deal with it, but sometimes I canâ€™t.
I do not think it is then fair to go and write a review about a book where you only read a handful of chapters. What if the book had improved immensely? Sure, it may not have made up for the dud start but wouldnâ€™t it make for a more interesting review if you had stuck it out?
In essence, a review is a culmination of your thoughts about a finished piece of work. Would you review an excerpt of a book?
On the flipside, some readers decide not to finish a book when theyâ€™re almost near the end. I struggle a bit more to understand this â€“ youâ€™re almost at the finish line, surely you can stick out a few more chapters for the sake of an honest review? Still, to each their own.
What bugs me the most about â€˜DNFâ€™ reviews, however, is that they can become â€˜lazy reviewsâ€™. I feel that bloggers â€“ particularly newer ones â€“ write these reviews in order to quickly add more posts to their blog. Quantity isnâ€™t necessarily quality, remember.
With that being said, some â€˜DNFâ€™ reviews are actually quite insightful and interesting. I actually enjoy having a peek at what made the book so unfinishable.
As I mentioned, it is purely a personal choice whether or not you decide to include them in your own blog. I firmly believe, however, that if you are going to go ahead and post a â€˜DNFâ€™ review, you must state it as such â€“ donâ€™t claim to have read the entire thing.