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Friday, August 2, 2013

Feature and Follow #20: DNF or Power through?

It's Friday and here is another Feature and Follow. It's August already and I can't believe it. I feel like the Summer was on fast forward. I hate that. I want more Summer!
Anyway, you know how it works; AlisonCan Read and Parajunkee are the hosts and every week they have a new question for us to answer.  It’s a way to meet new blogs and bloggers and socialize. :) In the links above you can learn how you can join too and everything there is to  know. 
So, go grab the button and start meeting new people!!!

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: How do you handle a book you don't like? Do you DNF or do you power through?

That’s an easy question. I power through. 

I don’t know why, but it's so hard to leave a book unfinished. I want to know what is going to happen. I want to see the story moving on, I want to know the ending. I understand it is hard to read something you don’t like, but how can I decide if I like it or not, unless I have finished it? 

Sometimes a book starts and I’m not that impressed, but this isn’t a reason to toss it aside and move on to the next. I'll give it time. This is how it works for me.

As a writer, reading a book is like studying and if it’s not a good one, I try to find what went wrong. What I didn’t like, what other people didn’t like. I believe can learn something from every book. Either it is good or bad. So I power through and I enjoy it every time because when I’m done, I’ll have learn something new. Isn't this a good reason to power through? 

How about you? DNF or power through? Feel free to share your thoughts.

Have a great weekend and an amazing month. It’s August!


  1. It truly is. Good answer. Happy Friday :)


  2. Nice answer! I generally do power through my reads. I think I've only DNF maybe 3 books because I just could not keep focus, or the pacing was dreadful or the characters just weren't connecting for me. There were factors. I'm not proud or even happy to DNF a book, but it happens. Only rarely. Like less than a blue moon!

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  3. "As a writer, reading a book is like studying and if it’s not a good one, I try to find what went wrong."

    I think I just learnt something from these words. I've only DNF'd two books. One of them the pacing was too slow for me and about 120 pages in I still didn't understand what was happening. The other one had the MC rambling, and I felt like I was reading someone's thought instead of fiction. I feel bad when I DNF a book, which is why I don't write a review on them or give them one star rating. I think if I didn't finish a book, then I'm not supposed to review it.

    Great FF, Athina. By the way, I just finished the first draft of my project this morning. 82,000 words approximately, although my target was 75,000.

    I'll be back on Feature and Follow Fridays next week. :)

    Have a wonderful weekend! :)

    1. Thanks, Kaykay.
      Congrats for the new project!! I wish you the best. I think 82,000 words are really good for a novel. Don't forget that when editing comes, anything can happen.:)

      Have a wonderful week.

  4. I knew you were going to say you don't quit. I can't power through like you, not since school and school was a while ago! I am powering through my current read because I love the author so much but he keeps talking about a subject matter that turns my brain off. I never thought about trying to learn from a less than stellar read. I'm too busy running to the next one to get my fix. Hmm. Pretty cool about Kaykay finishing his first draft. Have a great week, Athina.

    1. Hmm, am I predictable? hehe :)

      You say you don't power through, but you do now. So it counts. :)
      I know it's hard to read something that it just isn't for you. Maybe the day will come that I won't be able to power through too. So far though, powering through is helpfull in many ways.

      Yes, pretty cool he finished his first draft so fast. I wish him the best.

  5. I tend to power through, too, especially if I bought the book or was given it as a gift. If I checked it out from the library, though, I'm more likely to DNF it if it's simply not clicking with me...

    1. Yes, you're right. It's bad to DNF a book you've already bought or it was a gift.
      Thanks for stopping by. :)

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