Hi everyone. I’m Rincey and this is Rincey Reads. So I thought I would talk a little bit about why I don’t talk about books that I DNF on this channel, at least not very often. I sometimes mentioned it quickly in passing. But, in general, I don’t talk about my DNFs. And this is definitely just like a personal preference sort of thing but i thought i would mention it because I feel like other channels talk about the books that they DNF. And obviously they’re allowed to. This again is not a judgment on other people by thought I would just explain a little bit about how I read books, also, and just how I pick books. And I feel like I should provide a little bit of background especially because I feel like there are a lot of new people here and they might not necessarily know the way that I read. So I am generally like a mood reader. I don’t make TBRs but I do have like a general idea of the sort of books that I want to try or I might be like, “oh, I really want to read this book sooner rather than later,” that sort of thing. But I don’t make TBRs because as soon as I make TBRs it feels like work or it feels like homework and then I don’t read those books. Another thing that I do is I pick up and put down books all the time. So the reason why this is sort of at like the top of my mind is because in the past week before I started reading Panchinko, I picked up and put down like three or four different books over the course of like a week. I would pick one up, read like anywhere from like 20 to 50 pages, and be like holy cow this is not working for me. And then I would just put it down. And a lot of times these are library books. The great thing about having access to a great library is the fact that I feel no regrets whatsoever about DNF-ing books. DNF stands for “did not finish” by the way. So when I DNF a book, it means that I’m not going to finish it. I’m just going to put it down and put it away. And usually when I DNF a book, like 90% of the time it means that I’m just going to get rid of that book. I’m not particularly a fan of like keeping books around that don’t interest me. And so once I’ve given a book a try, I almost always know that I’m probably not going to give it another chance later. There are so many books out there. It’s really hard for me to keep books around that I’m not interested in or to keep trying with books that I’m not interested in. And I’m very much aware of the fact that when I’m in certain moods or certain situations, I crave certain books. So sometimes it’s worth it to keep books around. But I’ve made sort of like this stack in my room which is where all of my DNFs go. And then when the pile gets big enough, I take it to like a used bookstore to sell or get rid of. And so it takes a couple of months for that to happen and so I do have time to think about whether or not I want to try those books again. But more often than not, I just get rid of those books. And so the reason why I don’t talk about my DNF books on here is because one, it happens so often that it feels like a waste of time. Two is it’s because the reason why I DNF books aren’t really like substantial. Like it’s all very much feelings base and it’s very difficult to explain those feelings. Like it would always just come down to: eh, wasn’t feeling it. And then I would want to like move on from the situation. I don’t have like in-depth analysis into why I don’t finish books. The only time I think about books in terms of providing an in-depth analysis is once I’ve finished them because I feel like it’s hard to form opinions, it’s hard for me to form opinions on a book unless I have completed it. Obviously there are exceptions to this rule. Like I’ll sometimes get to the halfway point in a book and I’ll realize I’m not feeling it and then DNF it and then maybe I can have more of an opinion. But in general I usually put down a book before I even get to the 100 page mark. And it feels like my own opinion on books at that point are just way too incomplete. Obviously there are exceptions to that rule. One of the books that I tried to read this week was Memoirs of a Polar Bear, which is a translated book that I was really excited about because it was getting a lot of like rave reviews. It was on a lot of like best translated books of 2016 lists. And when I read it I knew it wasn’t gonna work for me because it’s a piece of like surrealist writing and that just doesn’t jive with me ever. So I knew right away that it wasn’t gonna work for me. So I just stopped reading it. But there are other ones, where I was reading like City of Saints and Thieves and it’s not that it’s a bad book. But it’s like I’ve been reading way too much YA and way too much like plot based stories. And I want more things that are character-based. So that might be a book that I pick up later on. But yeah, I feel like talking about DNFs is sort of the futile experience for me. I feel like I’m not providing you guys as watchers like very much value. More often than not, the books that i want to talk about are the book that I finished because for me to get through a book it has some value to it or there’s something in it that pulled me in. And two, I always am more excited to talk about books that I love that book that I hated. I know there are plenty of people out there that like to talk about books that they didn’t enjoy, and that there’s also a great merit to that as well. But just personally I feel like more and more, the books that I want to spend time talking about and the books that I want to give my energy towards are for the books that I am really enjoying. And that’s also why DNF books, too. It’s because there’s very little time to read in general and there’s so many books that I want to read. When it comes down to it, I don’t want to waste my time reading something that I’m not enjoying, for the most part. That’s also the reason why I don’t really get books 1 stars because if like there’s a one-star books out there I probably won’t finish it anymore. If I give a book two stars, there’s obviously still some merit to it because I was able to finish the book. But I just didn’t enjoy it for whatever reason. Like I gave Patron Saint of Liars two stars recently I believe. So yeah hopefully that was slightly coherent and helpful for people. So let me know down in the comments below what you guys think of this. Do you guys, one DNF books. I know there are so many people out there who are 100% completionists. I applause you, but I do not have time for that. Two if you DNF books do you like rate, I don’t even like rate them on the Goodreads. So do you like put it on Goodreads? The only time I put DNF books on Goodreads is because– if I have marked it as currently reading and I get substantially through it. Like I recently marked Zadie Smith’s Swing Time as DNF and explain why I DNF’d it in there. And the reason why that sort of like the exception is because I spent so much time with that book and I had a really good reason for DNF-ing it. 99% of the time I don’t put a book on Goodreads until I know that it’s a book that I’m enjoying. so usually wait a day or two before I put a book on Goodreads and I make sure that it’s a book that I’m most likely going to finish just because i think it’s a pain in the butt to add books to Goodreads and then a day later to remove them because I know people are checking out my feed. And so I feel like it’s just a waste of energy to have to go in and add books and remove books all the time especially when I’m in those moods when where I can’t really find what I want to read. So yeah leave a comment down below letting me know what you guys do, how you handle DNFs. So yeah, that’s all I have for now and thanks for watching.