Since I’ve had the unfortunate occurrence in the last few weeks of marking a couple of books as DNF (did not finish) I’ve been thinking about if or when to give up on a book that is not working for you. Do you have a strict or more loose page rule, or do you just go off of your gut feelings? Before I started blogging I loosely followed a 30-50 page guideline and on rare occasions didn’t finish a book, but now I read anywhere from 100-200+ pages before calling it quits and have several DNFs per year. I feel like its completely fair to put a book down after reading half or more than half of the book if it still hasn’t grabbed you or certain elements of the characters, story, plot, or world still put you off.
What about you, are you a finisher or do you occasionally stall or bail on a book? If you do stall, do you ever get back to it or if you DNF do you have any page or other rules that you follow?