How do you know when it’s time to quit a book? I keep thinking about that lately because I’m trying to chug my way through my loooooong NetGalley review list and to be honest, I end up feeling really “meh” about half of the books I read.
I know there are two trains of thought on this. A lot of readers, particularly heavy reviewers, feel that you have to read the whole book before you can judge it, which is fair enough. (Though, I think there’s a big difference between writing a scathing review judging the whole book off the few chapters you read, and admitting you DNF’d and explaining why.)
And very rarely, I’ve read books that started out slow (hello, Game of Thrones) but ended up being epic. So I definitely see why you might not want to DNF too often. But what do you do when you realize you’re actively avoiding a book? Like, you’ve read 20% or so and you’re now picking up other titles to avoid returning to said book? Lately I’ve DNF’d a few because I set them down and realized I just honestly didn’t care about finding out how the story would end. The story is bland, the writing is poor, the characters are so two-dimensional that I forget their names as soon as I close the book…that sort of thing.
I would argue that at that point, it’s time to move on. After all, my TBR list is currently sitting at 1,127 titles and those books just ain’t gonna read themselves. With limited time and so many other books to choose from, why waste time reading a book if it’s not doing anything for me?