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I had no idea what to post on my blog today. But, then I was scrolling through Facebook on my phone and got involved in a discussion on a bookish page that I follow about dnfing books and I got the idea to dedicate a blog post to the topic! See? Scrolling through Facebook CAN be productive. 😉
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So, dnfing books. This is something that several people struggle with. What is dnfing? DNF stands for “did not finish” and can sometimes be related as a shameful thing in the bookish community. Some people choose never to dnf a book, and that is definitely an opinion that I respect. But, I have never been someone to shy away from dnfing a book. If I’m not feeling it? I dnf it. If I hate it? I dnf it. If I’m in a book slump and don’t feel like reading? I dnf it and come back to it later once I am no longer in a reading slump. Unless it is a book for school, I have never ever finished a book that I have hated. And that’s why the only book that is on my hate list is a book that I was required to read for school: aka Animal Farm by George Orwell. Don’t hate me. Yes, I know. I know. This is a very well beloved classic novel. Maybe I didn’t like it because I wasn’t able to fully comprehend it at the time when I read it. I was only in like 9th or 10th grade when I read it. (Which I guess was only five or six years ago. Lol.) The only concrete reason that I remember having for hating it was that those pigs freaked me out. And like, not just scared. I have literally had NIGHTMARES about those freaking pigs. Even the cover looks freaky! See?
And there are several different versions of the cover of this book that look just as creepy, if not more creepy, than this one does. There was one that I found that really freaked me out, but I was trying to save the kids, you know? Yup…the kids. We’re sticking with that.
But, anyways, moving on. Maybe I’ll try it again someday. But for now it stands as the only book that I have ever completed that I hated. (Besides a couple of super boring westerns that I can’t remember the name of. But, let’s forget about those…)
I dnf books all the time. But I struggle with naming a list of books that I hate because I don’t like to count books as on my hate list unless I completed them. So, that question has always been difficult for me to answer. Anyone else have a problem with this? I try to be extremely careful about which books I pick out in the store as well because I like to try to keep the books that I dnf down to the bare minimum. And because of that, I hardly ever stray from a select couple types of books that I know that I already love.
I have noticed that this has been a problem for me and I really want to branch out in what I read. Recently, on another reading page that I follow (this is going to be another instance where Facebook was actually not a waste of time), I saw a few ladies talking about the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge and it really intrigued me.
So, I looked it up.
The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge consists of every single book that Rory Gilmore ever talked about or was seen reading on the TV show Gilmore Girls. And that list consists of…wait for it…339 books! A lot of those books are classics. There are some funny ones, some children’s books, and a few with very strange titles. Out of 339 books, I’ve only read a few of them. Less than ten. It’s quite a pitiful number. And I’ve decided to read them all, even the few that I’ve already read (I love rereading books).
This list was originally compiled by Australian writer, Patrick Lenton. This brave soul went through every single episode of Gilmore girls, and there are a lot of them, and wrote down every book that was ever mentioned or shown in the show. You can find a link a Buzzfeed article with a list of all the books in the challenge write here: https://www.buzzfeed.com/krystieyandoli/all-339-books-referenced-in-gilmore-girls?utm_term=.aeYJeVo3g#.eeKVLJ2oX if you are interested in participating yourself. I like this challenge because it has no time limit and no commitment to finish reading anything super fast, something that I struggle with.
Now, what the heck does the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge have to do with dnfing books? I was thinking about the challenge and realized that in order to complete this challenge I will have to read some books that I may not enjoy. I always dnf books that I hate. I never finish anything. But, I also never try anything new. Even though refusal to dnf books often seems pretty silly to me, it can also be a good thing. Because maybe it will show me something that I might actually like, show me a genre or a style of book that I never really thought that I enjoyed before.
I think that a good balance between dnfing books and not dnfing books should be found. Sometimes it’s okay to dnf a book that you’re not feeling, but don’t let excessive dnfing stop you from reading books that you might actually enjoy by not giving them a proper chance like I often do.
Maybe this wasn’t actually very helpful and maybe it got you even more confused on what to do about dnfing books, but maybe it also got you thinking about something that maybe you’ve never really thought about before. At least, I hope that it did.
Good bye until tomorrow. See you then!
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