Feature and Follow Friday
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This week’s prompt:
What is your take on DNF books. Do you review them? Choose not to review them?
Most of the books I read are books I bought or borrowed from the library. Aside from the few ARCs from Netgalley, it’s not usual that I’m reading an ARC and am necessarily expected to review it.
If I’m reading a book and I don’t really care for it, but I feel like maybe it’s just me and I might pick it up later, I shelve it under maybe and don’t really classify it as a DNF book. For example, I currently have Passenger by Alexandra Bracken on that list. I couldn’t get through it. I feel bad that I didn’t have a review ready close to release since it was from Netgalley, but I think perhaps my expectations weren’t in the right place, so I’ll pick it up when I’m ready.
If I do read a book and it’s just absolutely awful and I can’t get through it and don’t believe it’s me or my mood, I do typically review it. I’m a person that also writes negative reviews though. And in this situation, it’s probably a writing/grammar issue. If it’s a plot or story issue, I would probably continue just to see if the ending redeemed the book. No ending will fix a major issue I’m having with the writing or the grammar, so I feel like it’s fair game to review it.
I honestly try to be fair in any DNF or negative reviews because I know authors rely on reviews, especially when it comes to indie books, but I don’t feel like it’s okay to censor my thoughts just because it might have a bigger impact to the book sales than my scathing review of a bestseller. But I’m not reading indie books very often, so it’s not really something I worry too much about anymore.
How do you feel about reviewing DNFs?