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DNFing Books

DNF: Did Not Finish

TBR: To Be Read

For so long I refused to DNF books and forced myself to finish the book no matter how much I didn’t like the book. That has recently changed these past few months. 

I recently started reading Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. This book has been on my TBR list for so long and I was so excited to start reading it, but for some reason I just couldn’t get into the book. It started to feel like more of a chore to finish it instead of really enjoying my time reading. 

I had been seeing this book all over Bookstagram with great reviews and I really liked the premise of the book, but it just wasn’t right for me at the time. Sometimes you have to be in the right mindset for certain genres and concepts and I don’t think I was in the right mindset to read this book at this time. And that’s okay. 

It is okay to walk away from a book. It is okay to take some time away from a book and come back to it later, or not come back to it if that’s your choice. 

You should never feel bad about DNFing a book. The author of course wants you to enjoy their book, but if you’re not then don’t force yourself to do something you don’t want to do. Reading is something that should be fun and an escape from everyday life, not something that feels like a chore. 

There are so many amazing books that are waiting for you to read them that there is no reason to spend your time forcing something to be read. Think about yourself first. Will you really be getting anything from finishing that book other than being able to say you finished it? Will you ever get that time back that you spend reading and hating the book? 
One day I will go back and try to read Mexican Gothic when I am in a different headspace. As people we have many emotions and feelings and sometimes those feelings don’t align with our reading and that is okay. It is okay to not enjoy a popular book that others liked. It is okay to give a book a second chance. It is okay to not give a book a second chance. Lastly, it is okay to reread a book you have enjoyed. Always put your enjoyment with reading first.


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