I’ve been pondering this question for the last week or so as I face a challenging read.
When it comes to books, I’m a completionist. I’m pretty sure I could count on one hand the number of books on my DNF (did not finish) pile. No matter how much I might be tempted as I go, I always hold out hope that the end will be worth the rest – that I’ll come across the one sentence that makes the novel worth reading. I know how hard authors work to make their voices heard, and, as one among the ranks, I feel I owe it to them to listen.
But how far does/should that go? Pleasure reading is supposed to be a relaxing escape. Whether it’s to learn something new, or experience a new world/group of characters, where does the line fall in whether it’s worth continuing?
In this situation, I’m focusing on the positive qualities of the book and will see it through to the end, but I’m curious about other readers and how you decide when enough is enough and it’s time to move on. By a certain page number? After catching a certain number of errors or cliches?
What’s your DNF threshold?