The question this time is…
What does it mean to NRN a book (as opposed to DNF a book)?
These are my personal opinions. I do not expect anyone to agree with anything here, and in fact, I’m certain that many will disagree and/or even hate many of the things I’ve written below. Sorry about that, but you are always welcome to express your own opinions – be they contrary or comparable – in the comments section. So, with that out of the way… let the controversy begin!
What made me think about this topic?
A while back I saw this tweet:
The above tweet got me thinking. I know there are a whole lot of people who have a problem with not finishing a book that they’re not enjoying. Personally, I no longer have that problem. While being retired means I have much more time to read, the older I get the less I want to waste my time on books I’m not really enjoying.
However, it used to bother me a great deal, especially when it came to reading ARCs. See, I thought that if a publisher was kind enough to give me a book to read, I really should finish reading it for them, so I can give complete feedback. I figured that if I didn’t, I wasn’t giving that book the full opportunity to make me fall in love. One person on Facebook refused to stop reading a book that was greatly annoying them because they’d paid so much money for the novel. They figured that if they didn’t finish reading it, then they had wasted a lot of good money. (Obviously, comments told that person that they wouldn’t have had this problem if they had gotten a copy from the library, but that’s a topic for a whole separate discussion.)
But the truth is, we all know that not every book is for everyone, and no two people read the same book. I’ve also come to learn that publishers understand this, and many appreciate knowing what readers think about a book that they didn’t adore completely.
The thing is, maybe we shouldn’t always totally give up on a book with which we aren’t sufficiently falling in love. Maybe we’re just not in the right mind-set for that novel at that particular time. Maybe the subject matter of a book you’ve just picked up is too similar to one you’ve just finished and loved, and you want a bit of variety in your reading. Maybe you think you’re too young for a book that’s meant for a more mature audience. In cases like these, and many more, perhaps we might decide not to discount a novel completely, and just set it aside. Perhaps we shouldn’t only DNF novels; perhaps we should mark them as NRN – or “not right now” and give ourselves the leeway to come back to that book at a later date?
Personally, I think it is a very good idea, and maybe it is one we can all find reason to adopt.
There you have it!
So… what about you?
Do you think we should start NRNing books and not just DNFing the ones we aren’t continuing to read?
This post is my 6th entry in the 2022 Discussion Challenge & Giveaway, hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight!