No matter how much I read or how much older and wiser (heheh) I get, I still hesitate to allow myself to DNF a book. It almost seems unfair to form an opinion about a book that I haven’t finished. How can you make an informed decision when you lack all the information? That being said, I do allow myself to DNF a book now and then. If an eBook’s formatting is so terrible that I can’t figure out what I’m reading, I DNF it. If a book doesn’t hold my attention, is not interesting, and I’m not getting anything from it, I DNF it. If a book has so many typos or the sentence structure and/or grammar is awful (and where are the editors here??) I DNF it. There are other reasons, but these are my main three. When I do this, I do not write a review for the book even if it’s a proof copy. I absolutely do believe that it’d be wrong of me to convey my thoughts and opinions on a book publicly without having completely finished a book. This is strictly my personal opinion for myself.
There are times, however, when I’m reading a book that I am enjoying but set it aside for one reason or another. Maybe a book that I’ve been waiting for has finally been released and I can’t resist reading it right away or sometimes life just gets in the way. On Goodreads, I usually leave these books on my “currently reading” shelf. Eventually, I’ll move them back to my “to read” shelf, but I don’t have any set amount of time for making that decision. It just seems as if I’m padding my numbers when I “say” I’m currently reading a book that I haven’t picked up in six months or however long.
I was watching Jean’s booktube channel, Jean’s Bookish Thoughts, the other day and she discussed this topic herself and said that she created a shelf just for these books. You know. Books that you’ve started, have set aside, but fully intend to pick up sometime in the future. I don’t know why I didn’t think to add this shelf to my Goodreads before. It will also be a good way for me to review these books every once in a while to see if I do, in fact, want to come back to them or maybe I should just add them to my box of books to trade at the used book store.
There’s nothing wrong with DNF’ing a book. There’s nothing wrong with setting a book aside in favor of another. There’s nothing wrong with reading ten books at one time. I just like to stay organized and I’m a visual person. Creating a shelf on Goodreads for books I’ve started and haven’t finished just makes good sense for me.
What are your thoughts on this topic? Do you have a similar shelf? Do you have a better or more creative solution?