DNF... Did Not Finish. Which is pretty sad, if you ask me. I hate not finishing books - especially ones I paid for. Bleh.
I'm pretty good about finishing the books I start. I think that's because I'm pretty good at picking the books I grab to read. But every once in a while, I start a book I can't or won't finish.
Sometimes it's only a page or two in. And, most of the time, it's not because those pages didn't grab me. Usually it's because the author has done something to irritate me in the first couple pages. If you're already annoying me so close to the beginning, it doesn't bode well for my enjoyment of the rest of the book. The other day I started a book and in the first few paragraphs I was like 'nope, don't want to be preached at for 400+ pages.'
Sometimes it's farther in. That might be for various reasons - I learn something annoying that I can't get past, there are so many editing errors my brain is starting to hurt, I've discovered the main character is too stupid to live... Those kinds of things. I DNF'd a book yesterday that was gripping and well written and the MC was smart, but the author had ratched up the squick factor so high, it was stop reading or have those scenes imprinted on my brain for all eternity. Which was too bad because, like I said, it was a very gripping story. :shrug:
There are books over the past 43 years I probably should not have finished for that exact reason. They're in my head and they always will be. (And movies I should've never watched. :shudder:)
Anyway, I've DNF'd more books this month that usual and it's early in October yet. That comes from trying new things, I guess. I'm not going to stop trying new authors and new books, though. I'll just chalk it up to being the price I pay for expanding my horizons.
Oh, and in case you're wondering, you'll almost never see exactly which books I DNF'd. I don't review them. And if I've already said I was reading it in Goodreads, I'll usually delete the book from my library so it doesn't look like I've DNF'd it. Whoever the author is, they don't need that kind of negative press from me. Chances are good that whatever made me put the book down wouldn't be the same experience for other readers.
What makes you put a book down? Have you had any of those recently? (No identifying stuff about the books, please. We're just chatting about the act of DNF'ing.)