When was the last time I did a discussion post? NO! Don’t look, I don’t want to know. It will only embarrass the living hell out of me lol. Safe to say – it’s been a while….. a long ass while! Let’s see if I remember how to do this….
So. Here’s a thought that’s been on my mind a lot lately. If you follow me on Twitter, I actually made a post about this. I was hoping that it would give me some clarity and guidance….. turns out that everyone is different and it only made my decision more confusing lol! Here’s the discussion question:
So, you DNF’D a book…. Now what do you do on Goodreads?
Seems like a simple question. Apparently it’s not! Before we get to the discussion portion, let me take care of 2 things:
- What does DNF mean? If you’re not familiar with this bookish term, let me answer that for you. DNF stands for “did not finish”. This means that you started the book and, for whatever reason, stopped reading part way through and didn’t read through to the end.
- Are you on Goodreads? For the purpose of this discussion, I’m talking about what you do on Goodreads when you DNF a book. If you don’t have Goodreads then you might not care about this discussion lol
You DNF’D a book – but what do you do next (well, besides choose a different book you smart ass)? Do you mark it as read? Do you give it a rating? I rarely DNF a book so when I decided to set a book aside last month I was so confused what to do! I felt that no matter what I decided to do, it didn’t really fit.
DO YOU MARK IT AS READ??
I mean, you could. That way it’s still on your shelf as read because you did read part of it. But you didn’t read the whole thing….. so does it really count??
DO YOU REMOVE IT FROM YOUR SHELVES ENTIRELY?
In a way I felt like this was a safe bet. I didn’t finish reading it so why would I mark it as read. But then, if I removed it from my shelves entirely I was removing it from view and memory. I wouldn’t see that I tried to read it and it wouldn’t be catalogued in my books. It would just be gone.
DO YOU HAVE A DNF SPECIFIC SHELF?
This is something that I really didn’t think about until the twitter post but, I know that quite a few of you do this – and it’s smart! There is a way to create a new shelf that you can name as you see fit. When you decide you want to DNF a book then it moves over to this specific shelf and all your DNF’d books will be in the same place. But do you have to mark it as read, want to read…..?? I don’t DNF enough books for me to create a whole new shelf for it, so this one doesn’t make sense for me either.
DO YOU GIVE IT A RATING?
If you ended up marking it as ‘read’ do you end up giving it a rating? Can you really rate a book when you don’t have 100% of the book to base an opinion on it? Is it fair to the book or the author to rate it if you didn’t finish it? I don’t think it’s fair (just my personal opinion) but I know a lot of people rate DNF’d books a 1 star. I can still appreciate that!!
AM I OVER THINKING THIS???
For me, I do a combination of all of these actually. I mark it as read, but I don’t rate it. I don’t want to rate something when I haven’t consumed the entire content to base my opinion. Who knows – it could have gotten so much better by the end….. or it could have went down in a steaming pile of hot ass garbage….. I’m none the wiser because I didn’t finish it! LOL! I do write a review though. In that review I mark the page that I decided to stop and outline WHY I stopped and why it didn’t work for me. I still face the fact that my page count on Goodreads is off – saying that I read more than I did. So I have a sticky note in my bullet journal where I write down the pages that I need to adjust to get a true and accurate rating.
What do you do on Goodreads when you DNF a book?? I’m really curious to know! I might record your answers and let you all know the conclusion in my weekly wrap up next Sunday. This is going to be fascinating seeing what you all do! I’m working on not forcing myself to read books i’m not enjoying. Life is too short for that shit. Too many books, too few centuries, and all that. I would rather set it aside and get to books that I actually care about!
Until next time, happy reading!