Should We Rate Books We Didn’t Finish?

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.

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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!

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19 thoughts on “Should We Rate Books We Didn’t Finish?

  1. I strongly believe that unless you have finished more then 65%-80% of a book that you shouldn’t leave a rating on it. I think it’s unfair to the publishers and to the authors as well as readers of reviews to put a rating when most of a book hasn’t even been read. But if you want to write a review anyway without a rating I think that’s ok too so long it’s explained that it’s a DNF and how much of the book you have read.

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  2. I usually only rate a DNF if I’ve read >30% and if I have strong opinions about the writing and/or the representation within it. Other times I DNF because the book is just not for me and I don’t want to waste time on it, but I don’t give a rating. There are exceptions and I don’t always follow these rules, but I think as long as it’s clear from our review that we didn’t read the whole book, any rating always says something about the book, whether it’s all of it or just parts of it

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  3. I generally try to read at least half a book before I dnf. I leave a rating with a note about why I gave it that rating. If I only read 10%, I wouldn’t rate it. But I feel that 50% gives me enough to know if I like a book or not. Often times it’s the writing style and that doesn’t change, so I feel ok rating it.

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  4. I think it’s okay to leave a review on a book we DNF, but it definitely depends on circumstances. For one, I think all reviews on DNF-d books should mentioned somewhere how far along in the book you were before stopping since there’s a big difference in stopping at 15% or 60%, and that gives anyone reading the review a more fair opinion. Also, it should be stated clearly WHY the book was DNF. Was it because of the book itself, or outside circumstances? But also, I’m coming at this as a person who mostly rates books on Goodreads for my own personal reasons, not to leave expanded reviews for other people to check out, so that might skew my opinion a little. Great post!

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  5. That’s a really interesting topic, that I’ve been thinking about lately too! 🙂 I don’t DNF a lot of book, but sometimes it happens when I don’t want to force myself through a book that will take up precious reading time.

    I always rate DNF’d books, but I make it clear at what point I quit at the very beginning of my Review. Therefore, I don’t see any problem with this, since people see right away it was a DNF and know my opinion doesn’t cover the entire book. But mostly I try to get through at least 50% of the book to see if it gets better, by that point I already have a pretty clear impression of what I think about the book so far 🙂 However, I get why not every Reviewers rates books they DNF’d. To sum this up, both rating and not rating DNF’s is fine with me , I just do the former 😀

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  6. this is a really interesting post! i try to never DNF books and i’ve only done it a few times, but when i do i’ll rate it. usually if i get past the halfway point i’ll mark it as read and give it one or two stars. it depends on the book though honestly!! if i just felt like it wasn’t for me then whatever, but if i’m angry at the book’s very existence that’s a different story.

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  7. Hmm this is interesting. I always give the books I DNF 1 star rating because it means I didn’t enjoy it, unless I plan to come back to it then I will leave the book unrated. I always stated in my reviews why I decided to do it though, therefore other people can know what to expect on the book and why it didn’t meet my expectations. Great post Swetlana!

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  8. I typically don’t rate a DNF but I will say why in the review section. I can see the argument for rating DNFs because one clearly didn’t like a book if they felt the need to abandon it and therefore giving a low rating is warranted. I will rate a book if I get 75% in but if it’s way less than 50%, I don’t.

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