Oct 20 2017 7:24am

What’s the Furthest You’ve Gotten in a Book Before You DNF’ed It?

Girl Reading a BookSome readers make commitments to themselves to read an entire book, no matter how much it may annoy them. Still others will give up on a book within the first few chapters if they don't like it. If you're the type that can DNF a book, what's the furthest you've gotten before you finally gave up? Did you get to the final chapters and decided you just didn't care any more? Did you get halfway? Were you annoyed by the book or just indifferent before you stopped? 


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Carmen Pinzon
1. bungluna
I used to finish any book I started, no mater how much I hated it. But life's too short, so now I will put down any book if I hit the point where I just can't take it. I remember reading one and getting 2/3 of the way through when I hit a wall, (the bear just did me in!) and putting it down, never to be finished.
2. eaemilia
One time I was like 90% through a book, and the heroine married another man. I already wasn't that into it, but when I had to read her wedding night to another man, I called it quits. Even if I'm not that invested in the relationship, I still don't want to see the hero or heroine with someone else!
3. lauralee1912
I have a habit of not finishing contemporaries because so many times the hero and heroine need to take a moment to get unplugged, put down the smartphones, and really talk. It can be at 10% or further if I bought the book rather than borrowed it from the library. I try a little harder when my own money is involved. :) I often feel authors fill the pages with mean friends and silly senior citizens so the first sexy times happen at 60% into the story. I think the furthest I got before a DNF was about 70% when I decided I didn't care what happened to the heroine after she acted like an idiot at a picnic after the obligatory hot times in the foyer at 60% into the book.
Jennifer Proffitt
4. JenniferProffitt
Just the other day I gave up with about a chapter and a half left to read. I just couldn't do it anymore!
5. NikkiB
My most memorable DNF was about 50 pages from the end of a novel set in WWII and it finally felt like the story had momentum and everything would be concluded... and then the heroine went off on what felt like the millionth inner monologue about All. Her. Feelings. for several interminable pages and I couldn't take another word.
6. Hannah Fortney
I've gotten about 85% of the way through a book once before I just couldn't stand it any more. The heroine was supposed to be a super spy, but I had to quit after she got kidnapped for the 3rd time. It drove me crazy how she was supposed to be so smart, but she kept going off by herself to brood, and never told anyone where she was going.

There have also been a few where I've quit within the first 10%. I have too many good options to waste time reading really bad writing.
Rakisha Kearns-White
7. BrooklynShoeBabe
In general, a book has 50 pages to caputre me. If it doesn't, I DNF it. If it is an author I really like, I might give it 100 pages. There are too many good books out there for me to suffer. If it's an audio book, usually I'll give 3-4 hours which is usually 50%. Sometimes, stories are more toreable when it is in audio form.
Maranda Daniels
8. Myrendal
A while back, maybe 10 years or so ago, a friend told me she would read the number of pages as her age before she decided if it was good or not. That's basically what I do, unless, of course, the book has captured my interest before that. Although, next year I'll be 51 and I've read some books that weren't worth that many pages. So I may have to re-visit my criteria for deciding on a book.
9. Numbered
I got about halfway through Heinlen's The Number of the Beast which I was reading on a dare. I think I only managed to power through so much of it because I wanted to win the dare. It's saying something that I got that far because that book is a tome. The story reached a point of maximum squick and I couldn't complete the dare. Seriously, that book is awful. I can't recommend it.
10. lizzie18
I usually read a story to the end, always hoping it will get better or more interesting. But the first 50 to 100 pages seem to set the tone. Will I devore the book, or leisurely read it, or want to just skim it ?

If I quit it, it's usually because of boredom, which I did a couple of months ago. It was a Regency novel and I don't really blame the book. I just think I've gone off historical romances for now and it was the first one to hit the dust.

If I'm reading a book but feel the urge to re-read one my keepers, it's not a good sign, it means I'm just not into it. I usually get back to it after reading the keeper, but I might not. So I might quit at almost any point in the book, but not at the last 50-75 pages. At that point might as well finish it.
11. Kate C
I usually give it about 3-4 chapters. I try to give the author a chance, especially if it is a new-to-me author. I have put a book down after reading the 1st chapter because either the storyline isn't interesting or the main characters are unattractive & whiney. I have gotten 80-90% done & I just couldn't read anymore. I used to finish every book even if I didn't like it, now I just don't want to spend the time on a book I don't like.
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