Hey everyone! 🙂 I hope you’ve had a fantastic week so far and have gotten some reading done already! How is your reading going so far this month? Are you happy with what you’re reading or have you had some not so fantastic reads? Or have you even DNFed some books this month? If so, how do you go about rating the books you didn’t actually finish reading?
That’s exactly what I wanted to talk to you guys about today as I’ve been thinking about this quite a bit lately and figured it would be a fantastic discussion topic on the blog too! I mean, we’re all readers and I think most of us probably rate the books we read so I figured we’d all have an opinion on this matter in some shape or form.
So, what actually speaks for rating books we didn’t finish? Well, I think one of the most obvious aspects would be that we did read the book and were able to form an opinion on what we read – so why shouldn’t we rate that part, right? Right.
But that’s also where I would put in an argument against rating a book if we didn’t finish it – especially if we only read a small part of a book before we DNFed it. Because while we obviously read parts of the book, we didn’t read it all and can we form an opinion on a book if we didn’t read it in its entirety?
I know I’ll sometimes not enjoy the beginning of a book as much as I would love too, especially if there is a lot of world building which tends to be my least favorite aspect of most books – especially for new series. I just want to jump straight into the story and would love if I could just know all of the information without having to actually read it. But once I’ve gotten about 20% into the book that’s usually where I’ll start to really love it and the part that will ensure that I finish reading.
And like most of us, I’ve definitely DNFed a book before, mainly because I Just couldn’t get into the book no matter how much I wanted to read and enjoy it and I’ve decided for myself that it’s just simply not worth it to force read a book. There are just too many books out there constantly being released and already released that I want to read too and I’d just rather move on to the next one.
What do I do with the books I DNF? Usually, I’ll just leave a note in my review and talk about why I decided to DNF it and don’t leave a rating, especially if I give up on a book really early!
I can’t tell you guys how differently I would feel about it if I had read the majority of a book before I decided not to continue on with it. Maybe I would want to leave a rating? And put a disclaimer right at the top of my review that I didn’t read the entire book. But then I think to my own review reading habits for books I haven’t read yet and often times, I will just look at the star rating people have left and don’t actually read the review because I don’t want to accidentally spoil myself.
Anyone out there who does the same thing would see my rating and possibly shy away from or grab a copy of the book (depending on the rating left) without realizing that I didn’t get the full experience with that particular book and I would probably feel at least a little bit bad if they ended up being really disappointed by it and I knew that I had a hand in them picking up the book.
So, what do we do? Do we rate the books we don’t finish reading or do we rate the parts that we did read? But how do we make sure that someone knows exactly how much we’ve read? How do you guys feel about this? Let me know in the comments below!