April 2021, readathon, Uncategorized

Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon Warm Up: To Persevere or To DNF?

Hello readers! After an extremely busy past couple of weeks, I’m finally getting my reading life back on track (and the timing couldn’t be better)! For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Shawn (aka Mr Geek) from http://www.TreatYoShelf.blog where I love to talk about books! This coming weekend (April 24), is next round of Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon! I am thrilled to be returning as a co-host plus I’ll be leading a Twitter party and a mini challenge! I’ve also already picked out my book for the read-a-thon but more on that later!

As we’re all warming up for the read-a-thon, I thought what better time to discuss the somewhat controversial topic of DNF’ing books. For those of you who don’t love acronyms, DNF stands for Did Not Finish. I thought this was a perfect topic to cover in my warm up post because as we’re all settling in for 24 hours of reading, you NEED to enjoy the book you’re reading!

Personally, if I start a book I always finish it. It doesn’t matter if I love it or hate it – I always persevere through until the end. My one little caveat is that I will sometimes “take a break” from a book to read something else, picking up my previously abandoned book here and there to chip away at it as time goes on. I love to write book reviews and feel like I can only do that if I complete the book. I’ve persevered through some really bad books like The Chalk Man by CJ Tudor (funny GoodReads review can be found here). So I’m curious, what’s your take on DNF’ing books? Do you read 25%? 50%? 75%? Before deciding it’s not for you and calling it quits? If you DNF a book, do you still write a review? Do you still give it a rating? Do you still count it towards your GoodReads challenge (for those of you who participate)? I’m really hoping all these questions stimulate some good conversation (also, this is a no judgement zone, if you frequently DNF I applaud you and want to learn your ways)!

Before signing off, I want to briefly talk about the book I selected for the read-a-thon! I was granted an ARC of Riley Sager’s upcoming release, Survive The Night and plan on reading this (hopefully) from start to finish during the read-a-thon. I am an avid thriller reader and am very excited to diving into this book. For those of you who haven’t heard of this book, here’s the synopsis:

Josh Baxter, the man behind the wheel, is a virtual stranger to Charlie. They met at the campus ride board, each looking to share the long drive home to Ohio. Both have good reasons for wanting to get away. For Charlie, it’s guilt and grief over the murder of her best friend, who became the third victim of the man known as the Campus Killer. For Josh, it’s to help care for his sick father. Or so he says. Like the Hitchcock heroine she’s named after, Charlie has her doubts. There’s something suspicious about Josh, from the holes in his story about his father to how he doesn’t seem to want Charlie to see inside the car’s trunk. As they travel an empty highway in the dead of night, an increasingly worried Charlie begins to think she’s sharing a car with the Campus Killer. Is Josh truly dangerous? Or is Charlie’s suspicion merely a figment of her movie-fueled imagination?

I’ve read several of Sager’s books so far (The Final Girls and Lock Every Door). I find his writing to be engrossing and oh so addicting! This new novel seems eerie, creepy, thrilling and right up my alley! I’ll be posting spoiler-free updates about this book during the read-a-thon and a full length review after I finish! If you’re a fan of thrillers, definitely keep an eye out! Survive The Night will be officially released on June 29, 2021!

Until We Meet Again,
Mr Geek

6 thoughts on “Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon Warm Up: To Persevere or To DNF?”

  1. The older I get, the easier it is to DNF. I usually DNF after 50% and that, to me, says I gave it a good chance. I do rate it and I do review it and I do count it as ‘read’ on Goodreads. I do mention in my review that I DNF.

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    1. This is also a great approach! I think I want the “credit” for reading the book on GR so I always persevere through. My resolution this year might be to DNF a book!

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  2. I’ve been getting more comfortable DNF-ing a book. Often I can tell when I’m 25% through whether I’m enjoying it or not and if I should DNF it. I don’t include them in my reads or rate them but I have a specific DNF shelf on Goodreads.

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    1. I think I need to start being a little more honest and if I’m not enjoying a book just drop it! The 25% rule makes sense. That’s early enough that you aren’t overly committed but you also gave the book a fair chance!

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  3. The only books I don’t like that I do finish are the ones I read for my bookclub. But when I just read for my own enjoyment? Hell no! I’m not wasting time on a book I don’t like when there is so much out there I still want to try. Life’s too short.

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    1. I really need to take a lesson from you! I preserve through waaaaaaaaaaay too many books that I should just drop!

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