DNF’ing Review Books

Hi Friends,
A merry Christmas to you!
Today, I’ve got a question for all of you, and any advice would be lovely.

What is your opinion on DNF’ing books you requested to review?

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I was talking to a close friend earlier and she shed some light for me, she reminded me how much time I put into each book I review, and how little I get back ( now don’t get me wrong! I am so thankful to be working with publishers and getting free books but we’re talking in the grand scheme of things. You have to love reviewing for it to be worth it )

Let’s take a 300-page book for example. 

First, as soon as it arrives I take photos of it and put it on my Instagram story> 15min. 
Then, I set up a photo for it for Instagram >30min 
Sort it on my Goodreads shelf >15min 
Actually, you know, read it >4 hours
Review it >30 min
Edit my review >30 min 
Review it on Goodreads >15min
promote my review >15min 
Email the publishers my links >30min

That totals out at 7 hours. For a 300 page book. 90% of the books I request are over 300 pages, let’s be real.

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Now, I don’t mind spending nearly 7 hours on a book, if I’m even somewhat enjoying it. But for example, if it was like my last read, which I gave 2 stars and only kept reading because it was a review book, I feel like I’ve wasted my time & your time as my readers.
I feel like it would almost be better off if I just abandoned it a few hours in, take the photos, give it a go for 100 pages and then call it quits if need be.

BUT, I don’t want to upset the publishers who so kindly send me free books.
So you can see, there’s the predicament

Do I push forward, and ultimately put myself back into a reading slump because I’m reading something I’m not enjoying nor am I in the mood for? 
Or should I start DNF’ing these books, even though I’ve gotten them for free from publishers in exchange for an honest review? 

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Currently, I’m undecided, so your opinion could really help!
Leave your thoughts down below

OUTRO

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2 thoughts on “DNF’ing Review Books

  1. That’s a really tough one. I try to treat review books just as any other book I would be reading so if I feel like DNFing, I’d be inclined to say to go ahead and DNF. On the other hand, if I am still going to do a review on a book I didn’t enjoy I’d want to give as much info as I can about what I didn’t enjoy and why. I try to be as constructive and kind as I can with negative reviews so in this regard, I would want to have read the whole book. This is a really hard question lol!

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    1. Exactly! I don’t want to give a book better treatment because it’s a review one, because then it isn’t a fair review! So I feel like I should be able to DNF them, but then I feel guilty for doing so when it was given to me for free! Though I am comfortable writing a DNF review…….. so maybe I should look at DNF’ing them, who knows, I still can’t decide 😅😅😅

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