June 9, 2009

Tuesday Thingers

Today's Questions from Wendi's Book Corner: How often do you find yourself struggling through a book (if you HAD to estimate)? How far will you read before you stop and consider it a DNF (Did not finish)? Will you skim ahead and see if it gets any better? Once you put it down, do you still write a quick review? What do you do with the book when you are done?
I struggle through a book about one out of fifty times. I'm really careful in the first place which books I read because I'm one of those picky people...and I usually cycle between romance, historical fiction and action/adventure or thriller. I do get bored easily and sometimes even with books. If I have to put the book down multiple times or its taking me too long to finish I often just leave it until I become interested again and then will finish it. I also go through periods where I need to take a break.  Sometimes its hard to fit reading into everything else going on in life...but I always have a book in my bag for the ride home on the bus after work.
I'll read four or five longish chapters  but under half the book before I decide not to finish.  If the book is terrible and I do not want to continue on I will skim through the rest of the book.  I will often search out reviews of the book on Chapters, Amazon, LibaryThing and blogs to see if it was a DNF by others to justify my decision. So far I have one glaring DNF on LibraryThing and that was an EarlyReviewers ARC of Lori Handeland's Any Given Doomsday. I did do a quick review and then I traded in the book at a used bookstore. Besides this one I cannot remember my last DNF.


  1. It's funny that this question is asked just now. For the past couple of months I have been reading more books I have to struggle through than the ones I love instantly. I don't know what that is but I hope it will end soon, me patience is wearing thin.

  2. Sometimes I read so many books in so short a time I become a little 'burnt out' so I have to take a break for a bit. Also, by the time March/April rolls around in Alberta you have had 5 or 6 months of gloomy weather and its a bit depressing...I always seem to go through a funk at this time. Lilly, hope some great ones come along soon!!