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Thursday, July 12, 2012

The DNF File, Issue One

I go back and forth on the issue of how I want to account for books that I didn't finish because I didn't like them.  I'm a firm believer that life is too short to read books that aren't working for you, and I'm not one of those people that can make myself finish something just so I can be on firm moral ground when I review it and explain why it didn't work for me.  It's such a strange philosophical situation- I've certainly finished plenty of books I didn't like and my archives have several examples of my rantings and ravings when all was said and done, but more often my brain says "nope, all done with this" and I put the book on the stack to go back to the library and don't give it a second thought.

With that said, I feel like giving a book a low rating because I didn't finish it is kind of unfair, because so many factors go into why I don't finish a book. Sometimes I don't finish a book because it wasn't what I was in the mood for at a time; sometimes I don't finish a book because it isn't quite what I thought it would be, sometimes I don't finish a book because frankly it's badly written, and sometimes I don't finish a book for some other reason entirely.

So what am I going to do? I finally decided to create the DNF File, where I file all the books I didn't finish with a short explanation of why.  I've started taking this blogging endeavor as a whole in the direction of more of a reading journal anyway, and it makes the most sense for me to just make a note in my journal and read on.

I'm pretty sad about that actually, as I was really hoping to like this book and to devour it and sing its praises.  Set your phasers to stun, please.

Title: Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)
Author: Jenny Lawson
Reason for DNF: ...I didn't think it was funny.  It really wanted to be funny, but it wasn't funny to me.  I needed more "show me the funny" and less "tell me how awkwardly funny it was."  Maybe I had to be there.
 
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