Ever since I started book blogging and discovering so many great stories, I’ve started DNF-ing books more. If a book doesn’t pique my interest, why continue reading when there are so many others I would rather be reading?
Everyone has different reasons for not finishing books, the most common one being they just didn’t like the story or the characters or the writing. The fact that someone doesn’t finish a book already tells you that they don’t like it,
I’ve seen a lot of rant reviews for books on Goodreads from people who DNF’d them and the first few comments are always saying something along the lines of: “but you didn’t finish it! How can you review it without knowing the full story?”
In my opinion, you don’t need to finish a book just to form an opinion about it. Surely, as reviewers, we start judging the book from the first page and not after it’s over. Just because someone doesn’t finish a certain book, doesn’t mean that their thoughts about it till the moment they stopped aren’t valid. If anything, the fact that they didn’t finish it says more about what they thought about the book.
At the same time, I hate when I see reviews from people who stopped reading after only 5 or 10 percent of the story. Though I said we start judging the book from the first page, I think you need to give a book at least a bit of a chance. I don’t think it’s fair to write an 800/900 word hate letter for a book that you barely read.
So in conclusion, I think it’s fine to review books without finishing them as long as you’ve read at least 30 to 40% of it. That gives you enough time to get a feel of both the story and the writing and puts you in a position where you probably have enough matter to write a review on it.