Life is too short to:
Sleep all day.
Not enjoy every moment.
Wallow in self pity.
Not tell the person you love you love them because you’re afraid.
To let fear take over your life.
Force yourself through something you aren’t enjoying.
Read bad books.
Just to clarify for anyone who may not be sure:
DNF = Did Not Finish.
Define DNF: A book you are unable to finish reading till the end is often classified as a ‘DNF’.
Only recently have I convinced myself that it’s okay to stop reading a book if I’m not enjoying it. Beforehand when I started reading a book I usually tried to push myself to finish reading it because I knew I picked up the book for a reason. And then I would tell myself that the reason half of the time I’m not enjoying the book is because I’m not in the mood to read that particular genre, or I find I would rather be watching a movie instead. So I would put the book aside to try and read later when I felt like it.
Thing is, I’ve discovered that if I’ve put the book aside I’ve put it aside for a reason too. I’m just not enjoying it. And even though I want to finish it I just have no interest in picking it back up. The story didn’t engage with my brain and I find myself dreading reading it. Therefore I don’t touch a book for a week or two until I tell myself it’s okay to give up on it.
After all: Life is too short to read bad books.
Disclaimer: Most of the time I don’t think the book I can’t read is a ‘bad book’, more just a book that I personally do not find interesting or enjoyable. I’m sure there are other people out there that love the book, but it’s just not for me.
When do you decide to mark the book as a Did Not Finish? Do you have a page limit, like if you’ve read under 100 pages and you’re not enjoying it you know to move on to the next one?
Or do you try and push through the books you aren’t necessarily falling in love with? Or do you let yourself move on to something else?
To DNF or not to DNF; is that the question?
Do you have trouble not finishing a book because you’re dedicated to reviewing every book you picked up? Or perhaps because you want to give it a chance and maybe, just maybe, you will enjoy the last half better than you enjoyed the first half?
I used to read every book I decided to pick up. Even ones that I found incredibly difficult to get through. But now I’m putting books down and deciding to let it go as soon as I figure out I’m not enjoying it or I’ve spent a week reading it and I’m still only at the half way mark.
I feel there are just too many books I want to read and I want to get to that it would be pointless for me to make myself read something I don’t want to read any more and waste that time forcing myself to do it.
Although to be honest, there have been a few books that I nearly DNF’ed but just as I was about to put it down it suddenly intrigued me and I flew through the last half of that book when I had crawled through the beginning half.
So I guess I mean:
Life is too short to not enjoy it; don’t waste any more time than you have to with things that don’t make you happy.
What is your opinion on DNF’ing books?