I’ve recently been stuck on a book for 3 weeks now, and it seems as I really can’t seem to spend more time with it. I received it from Netgalley, and I’m not sure if I should review it anyways (I got to 30%) or if I endure it and try to finish it for review purposes. Can I post a review of a book I DNF, or should I just not review it at all?
I’m going to introduce you to one of my “rules”:
Rule #1 of Book Blogging: Don’t torture yourself!
Forcing yourself to finish a book you’re really not liking is a form of torture. It’s cruel and unusual punishment. So now that we’ve established that you should not force yourself to finish it, let’s move onto the next question.
Should you review books you don’t finish?
This is totally and completely and 100% up to you. Every blogger has a different opinion or policy. Here’s how I approach it:
Always inform the publisher
The publisher gave you the book, so the least you can do is let them know that you tried to read it but couldn’t finish. Even if it’s not a proper “review”, you should submit “feedback” and let them know what didn’t work for you or why you couldn’t finish.
I always post my thoughts on Goodreads
Again, it doesn’t have to be a real “review” but I always post a few sentences or paragraphs in my Goodreads review explaining why I didn’t finish. I just highlight what didn’t work for me in the book. I also add the book to my “dnf” shelf.
If I feel like I have enough to say, I also post the review on my blog
Note: This is just my own policy/opinion for my own blog. Other bloggers have different ways of doing things that totally work! Feel free to make up your own mind for your own blog.
Sometimes when I DNF a book, I don’t have much to say about it other than, “It was boring.” If I can’t conjure up more than a paragraph, then I won’t review it on my blog. I like my reviews to have substance and actually help people decide for themselves if they’ll like a book or not. I don’t feel that a few sentences saying, “It was boring” is enough to merit a post. But, if I feel like I have enough to say about a book to really write a review that will help people, then I will post it on my blog.
Here are two examples of my DNF reviews:
- Orleans by Sherri L. Smith – This review is actually quite long. I had a lot to say and quotes to support my thoughts.
- Starglass by Phoebe North – This review isn’t quite as long, but I knew that it was worth posting because my review could really help people. Starglass has an unexpected religion element and I felt like if I pointed that out in my review that would help people decide whether the book was for them or not (because I know a lot of people either really love or really hate reading about religion).