What is your take on DNF books. Do you review them? Choose not to review them?
Sometimes I like a book. Sometimes it’s just not for me.
I have a personal policy when it comes to reading. Each book gets 50 pages (less if it’s under 200 pages total). I don’t know where the number 50 came from but usually I can tell if I’ll finish a book or not based on that many pages or less. To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever come across a book that I picked to read for pleasure that I DNF-ed, but there are a few received for request.
I almost never DNF a book. Too much of a completionist to leave it unfinished. But when I do, I always write a review and post it. It doesn’t matter how far I got into it. I state how far I read and the reasons why I chose not to continue reading. If it’s a book that I’m just not in the mood for at the time and that’s why I don’t want to read it, I’ll set it aside and come back to it.
This policy comes from a number of reasons, the main one being that if a book has only 4-5 star reviews on Goodreads or Amazon, I’m likely to pick it up (assuming it already got my attention with the cover/synopsis). But what if that book had also received many 1-star/DNF mental ratings that were never posted? Those would certainly bring the average rating down. When I read reviews to decide whether or not to read a book, I read both the positivie and negative reviews. I love gushing thoughts and enthusiastic recommendations but I want to know what’s wrong with the book (if anything) as well. That’s typically how I make a decision.
tl;dr Yes, I review DNF books.