We all like to think we’re fantastic allies. We sit back and champion books featuring Black charaacters, written by Black authors, or with characters of varied sexualities, religions, nationalities, or who appear on the autism spectrum. But how much of what we’re reading “diversely” is actually just performative? I know I’m not without blame here.
Earlier in the year, I took a test to see how quickly I can generally read. In that, it gave me the times in which I should be able to read some popular books to the finish, and still be able to actually engage with the story.
I’ve tried this before, but I read Harry Potter. I didn’t complete it in the two hours or so it thought I would, but there was a reason I could remember a lot of the plot.
I’ve been a book blogger for almost a decade now, but I’ve never done one of the most basic things you can do – explained my rating system. D’oh.
I’ve been usually just handing out star ratings like they’re Smarties, but I recently watched G from Book Roast’s CAWPILE explainer video. Since then, I’ve been much more meticulous with rating my reading, without completely overtaking her idea.
To DNF, or “do not finish” a book is a huge bone of contention among readers. Some book readers or bloggers wouldn’t dream of abandoning a book halfway through, some utterly swear by it. I’m of the latter category – though it took me a long time to get to that school of thought.
There are a number of reasons why I would DNF a book, but if I’m going to give up it’s likely for one of these reasons below.