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To DNF or Not

Hola Book Dragons and Civilians, I finally decided to continue with my podcast, and holy cow, it took, like, so many takes to finally get it right! My heart was pounding while I did it and you’d think it’d be easier to speak without anyone watching you but I was still super anxious. Well, I’m not fully satisfied with the results but I went ahead and published it:

This is something I wanted to talk about for a while – whether to DNF or Not.

Book Dragons, you guys already know what DNF is but for Civilians DNF is the acronym for Did Not Finish. It applies to that book, movie, song, party, anything you started or attended.

Books will always be my first love and as an eclectic reader, I dab my fingers in pretty much every genre. I have a varied taste in books and movies. Now, though I try every book that captures my interest, not each one retains that interest. That’s the key right there. Whether something retains your interest. In that regard, you gotta decide whether to keep reading or drop it and move on to another book.

As a norm, Book Dragons are not sheep though we do tend to go crazy during hype season. Am I right or what? What I mean is that we’re individuals with different thoughts and feelings, different tastes. Every person feels things differently so not everyone will like the same book.

Which begs the question – should you DNF or not? It’s not about quitting. I repeat – it’s not about quitting. Time is precious and as Gollum would say, “Precious, my precious,” so you have to decide whether something is worth your time.

Because when you look at it, it’s not just a matter of your time but of your mood and emotions engaged as well. You know that awesome feeling when you read a book so epic, it leaves you with a glow in your soul for days after? And the crushing disappointment when a much-anticipated book tanks.

As you can see right there, books have power over your mood and emotions. When you keep at a book that doesn’t make you feel like reading, it kind of erodes at your mood and emotions, at your soul really. I don’t know if you’ve experienced this or not but I have. It’s a kind of insidious tedium that can bring on a reading slump or even bring about low spirits.

My motto is if the first 5 chapters of a book don’t grab me and make me feel like reading, I DNF it. Period. I don’t allow myself to look back or think of the ending or of what ifs. I just don’t. That road leads to indecisive madness.

Like I mentioned earlier, DNF can apply to anything, not just books. E.g., for Kdramas & TV shows I have the 3-episode rule, i.e., I stick for the first 3 episodes but if at the end of that third episode, the series doesn’t keep me invested in it, I DNF it.

I used to keep going and enduring even when I could have dropped something and it often ended up not being worth it. Life’s full of struggles and I think it’s your choice to decide what you want to endure and what does not merit your time and efforts. I repeat it’s not about quitting – it’s all about how much of your time and emotions you’re willing to invest in something.

This brings me to this podcast which you’ll be pleased to hear I have decided to continue lol. 😉

And on that note, Stay tuned.



I'm a die-hard bibliophile and I'm also an introvert. My blog's about books, books and more books. (yep, that was easy) I might, from time to time, write about life and its vagaries. I like taking pictures of books and doing origami.

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