There are as many reactions to DNF(did not finish)-ing a book as there are different types of readers.
Some people will quit a book if the first few pages don’t grab and keep their attention, while others will stubbornly continue until they read the last word on the last page, even if any hope of a turnaround has long since been lost.
I’ve done both under different sets of circumstances. I’ve DNF-ed a book before I finished the first chapter, b/c that’s all it took for me to know that I hated the heroine (and if I hate the heroine, what’s the point?), and I’ve refused to quit, b/c author-love.
BUT. Most of the time, I’m somewhere in the middle. Or it’s more complicated . . .
For example, right now, I’ve been hovering at the 44% mark in Stephenie Meyer’s THE CHEMIST since the day after it was released.
I refuse to admit outright defeat, b/c I unabashedly love Meyer, but . . . the issues are large and numerous.
And sometimes that works for me. I’ll take a break for a few weeks (or months, OR years), and then I’ll pick it back up again and finish it, no problem.
Other times, I notice that my “currently-reading” shelf on Goodreads has me in the middle of 25+ books, and I have to clean house.
It’s too soon to tell which THE CHEMIST will be, b/c like I said, I refuse to admit defeat.
We’ll see, I guess.
What about you? Are there any books that you refuse to DNF? Do you quit any book, any time?