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August 15th: Do you DNF books? When do you decide to stop?
Have I DNF’d books? Yes. Will I DNF a book? Yes. Do I DNF as a habit? No. I never go into a book thinking, “This doesn’t look good, and I can DNF it if I don’t like it.” I pick books I want to read and genuinely assume I’ll finish.
I don’t have a specific trigger for deciding to stop. Sometimes it will be because I’m bored and just can’t get into the story. That can happen between 25-50% mark in a book. There can be something triggering, like a graphic rape scene I wasn’t expecting, in the first chapter and I’ll stop (this happened once). I can grow to hate a character because of continuous bad decisions and stop nearly two-thirds into the story. Generally, I do try to finish books, even if it’s taking me a long time to read, because I’ve read several books that pick up after the midpoint and I end up liking them. But sometimes I just don’t like a character or plot line and I’ll stop.