The A to Z Challenge is an annual blogging challenge. It isn’t restricted to book blogs – all kinds of blogs can participate. It takes place every year in April and during that month you have to write a post on the designated days (all except Sundays). These posts must have some correlation to the letter of the day. So, there will be a total of 26 posts starting from the letter A and ending with Z. Here is a list of all my posts.
I have heard a few different opinions about posting reviews of books you haven’t finished reading. Commonly known as “DNF (Did Not Finish) Reviews”. Some book bloggers seem to think that posting a review of a book you didn’t finish is not fair to the author, the book, is bad publicity, is unacceptable etc. I have to admit that I haven’t seen this opinion expressed a lot by bloggers. Most book bloggers (including myself) also post DNF reviews on their blogs.
Personally, I don’t believe that posting a DNF review is in any way offending or inaccurate. I always state on the title of my post that this is a DNF review, so I think it is pretty clear to everyone that I will be judging this book up to the point that I have read. And I don’t think that this is unacceptable. I don’t have to be an expert on the book to state my opinion about it. After all, it’s just that: my opinion. Which in this case is that the specific book wasn’t good enough for me to finish.
Now author’s opinions on DNF reviews is slightly different than that of book bloggers. Which is understandable. No one likes to hear bad criticism and someone saying they couldn’t even finish your book is quite bad criticism. On the other hand, I don’t think that authors expect everyone to like their book, that is just impossible. And
most all of them accept the fact that they will probably also get 1-star reviews. So what’s the problem with DNF reviews? Is it that the reader doesn’t have a full perspective and so he or she isn’t allowed to judge it? Or is this just an excuse for trying to avoid a bad review?
I’m not saying that every author, or even the majority of authors are opposed to DNF reviews. But quite frankly, they can’t do anything about it anyway! Once you publish a book and give it to the world you have to be able and willing to deal with all kinds of feedback. Good and bad. So it really isn’t in the hands of an author to say whether they want or don’t want to have DNF reviews of their book.
So, I will definitely continue posting DNF reviews on my blog. I usually try to finish books and don’t DNF a book very easily. But when I do, you can expect to see a review of it.
After all, it’s my blog and I can post whatever the hell I want!