We all have books that were “DNF” because they are just awful, or the theme turns us off and we just can’t face it again. But what about a DNF because…. well, no real reason. If someone asked you’d say that everything in the book was fine, characters, setting, plot and there were no glaring editorial errors you just…. lost interest, got bored, forgot about it.
Does that happen to you? I have several where I’ve read about 2/3 of the book and then just drifted away. I can’t tell you why exactly. It’s not length because it can be a long book of over 200 or pages or it can be 30 pages. There was nothing wrong with the books in question and many people would rate them highly, but for some reason I just lose interest and while I have every good intention of returning and finishing it….
This induces a fair amount of guilt on my part when I see them sitting there in my TBR file. I feel that I’m letting the author down because I didn’t finish their work (not that they’ll ever know since you’ll notice I didn’t name names here). I also feel guilty for buying more books when I have books I haven’t finished. And yet I can’t seem to force myself to go and finish them. They are like the vegetables your mother said you had to eat before you get dessert, but I’m a big girl now, I don’t have to eat them if I don’t want to. I will sometimes skim through to the end to see if anything important happened but mostly it just languishes there, staring at me mournfully every time I click “open”, begging me to expose its electronic pages to the sunlight. But then I choose the shiny new book and it is left there, alone, in the dark… of my TBR file.
So am I the only one who has this problem? What do you do with your DNFs that don’t deserve deletion? Do you feel guilty too?