This post is specifically for the other bloggers out there. I'm honestly not sure how to word any of this, so bear with me. Personally, I have a really hard time not finishing anything. Be it series, book, project...whatever, I need completion. However, with my ever increasing TBR list and such, I'm feeling more and more pressure to read only the things that I'm completely and 100% interested in. (DNF for those who might not know, stands for "did not finish".)
I've even gone so far as to force myself to read 5 pages at a time in a book I'm struggling through BEFORE allowing myself to read anything for pleasure just to make it through some of these books. And as you can imagine, that makes for an extremely slow read and turns an already painful book into torture.
However, since blogging, I've only DNF'd one book, and that was more because of formatting than just not being interested in the book itself. I feel even more pressure when the book I'm contemplating putting down is one that I've actually requested to review. You just never know if you'll like it until you give it a try, but I feel a professional responsibilty to press on, finish, and ultimately review every book I request from publishers.
My TBR list is over 300 books as of now and constantly growing--I know plenty of you have larger TBR lists than that. Despite having enough books in my possession to keep me occupied for maybe the next six months or so, I know that more and more books are going to continue to come out and get added to my crazy TBR list. So, do I really want or need to dedicate time to forcing myself to finish something I'm not fully connecting with for whatever reason?
I want reading to remain fun for me, and I can't say I've gotten to the point where it constantly feels like a chore, but I also want to maintain a professional relationship with publishers that I've requested books from for review.
So my question is, how do you guys handle DNFing? Do you DNF any review books you've requested? Do you review books you haven't completed? Do you list them on your blog, Amazon, or Goodreads as DNF'd? How long do you give a book before you DNF? Do you contact the author or publisher you requested the book from to let them know that you're not able to finish it? If you requested through NetGalley, do you post feedback through NetGalley for DNF'd books?
And even more so than books you picked up and didn't like enough to continue, has there ever been a book you requested for review that you just "never got around to?" What happens then? Do you feel pressure to read every book you get approved of for review? Do you have any books that you've requested but put off reading and reviewing because you weren't in the mood? Do you not feel pressure to review them within a specific time period? If so, what's your time frame?
Guys, I'm super curious and need your help on this topic, please! Thanks ahead of time for your input.