Usually when I see people talking about DNFing a book, it’s like giving it a rating worse than 1-star. It’s the WORST thing they could POSSIBLY say about the book. I was soooooo terrible that they couldn’t waste their time reading it. It was offensive and all remaining copies should be burnt. The author deserves to be tarred and feathered and THEN drawn and quartered.
And honestly, most of the time when I’ve quite books, it’s been because I … didn’t like them.
Full disclosure, I almost always finish books. I can count my dnfs on one hand. Oddly, all of them have been “Classics”. (especially odd considering the classics are one of my favorite genres…) This most recent dnf makes five even for me. Ever.
So, this book. I didn’t even make it halfway through. I read it for one evening, and made it through four chapters. It was a classic, though less “literary” or whatever than my normal dnf. A children’s book, actually. Can you guess what it was?
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The thing is, I didn’t hate it. It was fine. Mildly enjoyable, sweet, cute. There was nothing horrible about it. I just … didn’t want to read it.
I’ll read you my review from Goodreads.
It’s hard to get excited about a book that’s primary literary device is nostalgia for an era that sucked. If you want an old-fashioned children’s book about talking animals, Winnie the Pooh and The Tales of Beatrix Potter are both better.
It’s weird, to me, to have quit a book that I didn’t hate. Especially in light of how stinkin’ difficult it was to get my hands on. I waited for two months from the library, didn’t even end up with the right book, then waited another month on the correct edition. The version I ended up reading had lovely full page, color illustrations, in addition to the black and white sketches common from children’s books of the time. It was a lot of trouble to get, and since I almost never dnf, you’d think I’d have made an effort to finish it.
I just didn’t feel like it.
Has that ever happened to you? Has there ever been a book that you didn’t like but didn’t hate that you just didn’t feel like reading?