DNF vs. To Be Continued

I use my “Didn’t Finish” list on Goodreads to keep track of books that really didn’t work for me. Most of them are ones that I would have given 1 or 2 stars to if I’d forced myself to finish them. But why go through the torture of reading a book that’s really not for me? (Note: I do sometimes finish books I’m not enjoying either because I’m obligated to read them, i.e. book club books, or because I want the satisfaction of giving them a poor rating/review. Sick I know.)

Sometimes though I can’t finish a book because it’s due back to the library or something else gets in the way, but I plan on coming back to the book at a later date. I don’t want to mark it as DNF because I do intend to finish it…some day. I leave these books on my “Currently Reading” shelf even though I’m not actively reading them.

I now have three such books on my shelf.

1. Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and Other Stories: A Child’s Introduction to Religion

This book has been on my shelf since I started it in June 2014. I’ve started it twice and never gotten past the second or third chapter. I really want to read this book. I’ve mentioned before that I’m a little afraid to finish this book. I am going to read this book this year. I should have listed this as one of my resolutions for 2016. But I am declaring today, I will finish this book this year.

2. The Handmaid’s Tale

I started this book in October when I bought it with some Kindle credits. I stopped almost right away because I had to read some other dystopian book (probably for book club), and I didn’t want to confuse the two worlds. I’ll pick this one up again soon.

3. My True Love Gave to Me

After giving this book to Sarah and Annie for Christmas, I really wanted to read it. I got it from the library, but I didn’t get to it before the holidays. So instead I decided I’d read one story a day on the actual 12 days of Christmas. I read the first story by Rainbow Rowell on Christmas night, but then life got in the way again, and I never read any more. Now that the 12 days of Christmas are over, I’m not really feeling this book. I don’t really like Christmas all that much, so I’m going to put it on hold until next year. I did want to share my thoughts on Rainbow’s story though.

Midnights by Rainbow Rowell

This story was so cute. I love when best friends fall in love. And I loved how it was written with snippets of different New Year’s Eves. I also thoroughly enjoyed the reference to the song “A Thousand Years”. It’s one of my favorites. Rainbow was amazing as always!

5 stars

Am I completely insane? If you’re planning to pick a book back up again, do you mark it as DNF? What do you do with a book you have to put on hold?

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12 Comments

  1. That;s a good question. I would say I do mark books I might pick back up as DNF but I very rarely actually pick them back up. Often what will happen for me is I'll put them down for a few days, at which point I still consider them as "currently reading," and I'll read something else. After up to a week if I want to read it again I will, otherwise it will be a DNF. Once it's in that category I almost never finish it. Great discussion!
    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

  2. I would definitely make a "come back to" shelf on GR instead of keeping them as "currently reading" ! But, I tend to be anal retentive about GR and my current read shelf. It's just nice to have them somewhere else for safekeeping. I DNF books rarely so that shelf is pretty small for me.

  3. I have a shelf called "later" for just this reason. I started East of Eden, but wasn't in the right mood for it. I also have a baseball biography on there that I'm saving for baseball season.

  4. The Handmaid's Tale is good (I had to read it in university and read the whole book in 2 days) but I agree it's hard to read too many dystopian books in a row. In November, I listened to a very well written book but the premise was so absurd that I finished it only to trash it in my review.

  5. The Handmaid's tale is the first Margaret Atwood book I ever read. I was HOOKED on her stuff after that. She writes some really great probing material in a weird futuristic way. I love her stuff. I have other recommendations for her if you like this one. Just let me know!

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