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Feature & Follow Friday – What is your take on DNF books?

My take on DNF books is I don’t review them. If I was under agreement with an author or publisher to do a review for a copy (as is common in the blogging world). I share my concerns in private. There is one time this didn’t work out so well. I was super tempted to shout this author’s bad book from the rooftops along with her unprofessional behavior. I stuck to my policy. In the end, I think DNF books ultimately just need a revamp something is not complete. I would rather the author take the critique in private and better than embarrass them with a DNF review. No matter how unprofessional they might be. I am in this industry to help people not hurt people.

What is your take on DNF book?

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  • Laura E Agnella July 29, 2016, 4:46 pm

    I’ve only not finished an ARC for review once and I e-mailed the author rather than write a bad review. I just told her that I was sorry but the book wasn’t for me. I told her I would be happy to write a review but that I did not finish. She was grateful that I told her and it was not a problem. I think it is always better to reach out in this situation. With regard to books I have bought or borrowed, I just give them a fair chance and either keep going or move on to a book I find more enjoyable.
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    • Jessica July 30, 2016, 12:24 am

      Reaching out is often what I do, though I don’t DNF to often because I’m usually able to tell if a book will work before I read it. So it sounds like you have a really balanced way of handling DNF’s

  • Melissa Lee July 30, 2016, 3:38 pm

    Great topic for conversation. If it is a book an author has specifically sent me for review that I have decided to DNF, I usually just email them back and say “I’m sorry, but this book wasn’t for me” or something like that. If I have already previously blogged about reading that specific book I may make a note mentioning that I DNF’ed it on my next weekly update.
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    • Jessica July 31, 2016, 5:26 am

      Yeah that sounds like a good way to go about things.

  • Jamie @ Lucky Devil Reviews July 31, 2016, 8:21 am

    You and I handle things pretty much the same way. After reading everyone’s posts though, I’ve decided that I am going to post a short review on Goodreads about what didn’t work for me, and why I did not finish these particular books. I feel bad that this might affect sales for the authors, but then again, in the two DNF books I discussed, they had major grammatical/structural issues and in my opinion were not ready to be published. In the future, if they revise the novel, I would be more than willing to give it another chance and amend my original review. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Already following you on Bloglovin’ :)
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    • Jessica August 1, 2016, 12:19 am

      I changed my mind as well… If I DNF a book I’m putting it on Goodreads. After reading everyone’s thoughts on the subject I realize that I have a duty to share my opinion. I’m a book blogger it’s what I do, and I do it to be informative. As much as I want to be positive… I need to share the not so good as well. Fortunately, I don’t run into that problem very often.

  • firebook fiction July 31, 2016, 2:44 pm

    I think if you its very professional that you give critique in private, if you are under agreement. I’m sorry that you had a bad experience with that author. As a review you have to be honest in this industry. Thanks for commenting on my blog! Old follower.

    • Jessica August 1, 2016, 12:09 am

      Thanks it all worked out in the end. Honesty is key in this industry. I wish everyone was, but it doesn’t work out that way. I still enjoy what I do despite the hick ups that may arise.

  • Katiria Rodriguez August 1, 2016, 8:55 pm

    I don’t review DNF books either because I think it is unfair for me too rate and review a book that I didn’t finished completely. And that is a great idea sharing your review in private as well. Thank you so much for stopping by my #FFF
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    • Jessica August 1, 2016, 9:46 pm

      If I DNF a book I usually have enough information to give an informative explanation as to why I didn’t. I don’t feel bad reviewing a book I didn’t finish. If I didn’t finish a book I have good reasons to back that up which I feel would be informative to the author. Thanks for stopping by.

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