Monday, January 16, 2012
Miscellaneous Mondays: Bored Penguin Edition
Last year I noticed that my ALWAYS FINISH rule was really holding me back. If a book is boring me to tears, it takes twice as long for me to finish it. That just isn't ok anymore. For one thing, I'm supposed to be a reviewer now, so I need to get books read and reviews posted on a regular basis. For another, reading is supposed to be something I do for fun. If it feels like torture, something is wrong.
Now I've come up with an out-clause to my ALWAYS FINISH rule. I can stop if the book is really boring, or really stupid, or horribly offensive in some way. Usually it will be because of boredom, because I'm not that easily offended. This is a major concession to myself, but I'm hoping that it's made me a better, more efficient reader.
This gives rise to a new issue, which was the topic of this past week's poll--should I still write a review, even if I didn't finish? Even if I'm explicitly honest about how much of the book I read, it still feels a tad unfair to cast judgement on the whole book based on the slice that I read. More importantly, are DNF reviews actually helpful to potential readers? 60% of our voters said that they sometimes find DNF reviews helpful, and NO ONE said that they never find DNF reviews helpful. I guess the general message is: Yes, I should be writing DNF reviews.
What about you? Do you ALWAYS finish books, or do you let yourself give up if you want to? Do you write DNF reviews? I know we've all been bored by a book at some point! Share your experiences in the comments!
This week's poll question asks: Where do you get your books? Take a second to vote on the right side of your screen! Multiple answers are allowed!
And for those of you bored with your current read, have an adorable penguin video. Happy Reading, everyone!