For a long time, I always thought it was a bad thing to not finish a book. Nowadays, my view has changed.
What’s the point in forcing yourself to read a book that you don’t enjoy (unless it’s for school, then I have nothing to tell you, buddy)? There are so many good stories out there just waiting to be enjoyed, and you’re forcing yourself to spend time on one that you don’t.
It just doesn’t make sense anymore.
I don’t have a really big list of DNFs (did-not-finish), but I’ve come to realize recently that I should stop wasting my time.
On multiple occasions, I would force myself to read a story, no matter how bad. It’s kind of like an all-or-nothing way of thinking. It’s either don’t start the book at all, or finish to the end.
One reason that I didn’t like not finishing a book is that I can’t leave a story hanging. I must know how it ends. Again, no matter how bad. But now, if I don’t care for the characters and what is happening, who cares if they all die in the end? Screw them, I’m going to hang out with Celeana Sardothian and Dumbledore’s Army.
Sometimes, I would have forced myself to finish a book because I spent money on the physical copy and I couldn’t return it because the 2-week timespan since I got the book has passed. If you don’t like a book, give it someone who might enjoy it. Or donate to the library. Or sell it online on Amazon or Ebay. Or sell it in a discount store. Or use it as a fireplace starter (not that I support book-burning). Actually, don’t do that. That’s probably not safe.
Give the book a new home where it might be loved.
Anyway, if you’re still against DNFs, that’s totally okay. Just remember, there are other books out there calling your name.