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The 5 stages of DNF

We’ve all been there… you’ve waited MONTHS for a book to be published, WEEKS for it to be available at your local library or bookstore, and DAYS to finally ignore your other responsibilities have some free time to read.  One or two things catch your eye… maybe you dislike the main character, the plot isn’t what you had expected, you realized you were only caught up in the fear-of-missing-out (or, FOMO) when all of your friends were RAVING over this FANTASTIC book but let’s be honest…this book just isn’t your style.  The simple fact is something’s just… off.

What you are experiencing is the beginning stages of the “Did Not Finish” emotional roller coaster, and allow us to say: you are not alone in this struggle.  Allow us to introduce you to the 5 stages of DNF.

Denial

There’s no way this book isn’t your future favorite book.  Seriously, HAVE YOU SEEN THE GOODREADS REVIEWS?!  It’s over a 4 star rating.  You love it and just don’t realize it.

Anger

WHY DID I LISTEN TO (insert person’s name)?! THIS BOOK IS RUINING MY LIFE AND I CAN’T MOVE FORWARD BECAUSE I’M SO ANNOYED RIGHT NOW!!

Bargaining

Okay, I’ve just gotta get through this book… if I finish it, I’ll go on a shopping spree at the book store.  Yeah, that’s it!  I’ll buy 3 books to cancel out this one.  It’s the perfect plan!

or

*eyes closed, praying* Please change this book 100%.  Like, I don’t even think an unexpected twist could even improve this one.  I promise I’ll volunteer or donate more to charity…starting with this book because I really don’t want to see it anymore.

Depression

*hysterically sobbing* How can this book literally be the exact opposite of what I want it to be?  It’s my favorite (genre/author/concept/etc)… I don’t deserve happiness if I don’t love this book.  I don’t know if I can ever read again if I can’t love this book.

Acceptance

Okay… not every book is going to be a 5 star read, and life is way too short to read something that I don’t love.  I don’t need to hate my life while reading this, so I’m going to accept this and move along.  *creates DNF Goodreads book shelf*

Just like the five stages of grief allow us to cope with the loss of a loved one, the five stages of DNF helps us cope with losing a cherished TBR.  Reading is such a personal experience, so regardless of your personal opinion.. don’t feel guilty if something isn’t your personal glass of Merlot!  Love what you love, and hate what you hate, and don’t apologize for one single second.

Have you ever felt this way?  Let us know in the comments or on Instagram @shihtzus.and.book.reviews!

Snugs and kisses from us and our Shih Tzus!

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