Should You Collect Books You DNF? You Should and Here’s Why

Posted June 20, 2018 by Sophia


Unlike bookish quotes, books can be collected (but you can still collect bookish quotes because they’re worth it). In fact, you’re probably collecting books, because you must like collecting nice books as much as the book dragon to your left and right.

But sometimes, we read the books we collect and it’s bad. Really bad. Whatever do we do with those?

It’s okay. We’ve got you covered. 😉

The ultimate how-to on dealing with that DNF collection, aka why you should keep it!

Brought to you by your (hopefully) favorite book addict.

1. They’re more aesthetically pleasing than textbooks.

Aside from being confusing and making you want to tear your brain out, they’re not pretty! Books are pretty! Even if you hate them with your entire soul.

2. You can pretend to read so you can avoid unwanted visitors.

Okay, sometimes you get visitors and you want to avoid them for whatever reason it may be because gosh darn it where is that book you were reading?! and you’re hearing their footsteps getting closer and closer to your door.

Grab that DNF you hate so much and pretend you’re interested. If anyone asks, just tell them it’s going okay. #yougottadowhatyougottado

3. They’re pretty decorations.

They’re not as great on walls as quotes are, but they’re great physical decorations. No one will ever know if you hated the book.

Have I mentioned they’re prettier than textbooks 99% of the time?

4. Secretly you’re a serial killer and you need to hide your hit list from people.

We all know that my hit list consists of characters that I hate, but some people might take me seriously. But in the case you are one and need advice on how to hide your list and possibly blood, you’re welcome.

In exchange, I ask that you stay away from Lupe, Anelise and me.

5. You have top-notch plans and your world will end if anyone finds them.

Are you a scientist? Are you curing cancer? Are you getting closer to that cure? Are you finding a brand new innovation that could change the world? Do you want someone to find it and give your ideas away?

No? Okay, cool. If you have a huge collection of DNFs, hide your plans. Scatter them within the pages. They’ll either a) never find it, b) find maybe a page but one page gets them nowhere you’re at or c) give up in exasperation.

6. They’re sources of conversation.

Maybe you’ll get a bookworm friend out of it, even if they liked it, you hated it, and both of you butted heads on why you or the other is correct.

Hint: you’re both right.

7. A toppling TBR is bad but a toppling DNF?

Nope, not bad at all. Especially if it’s by accident on someone you don’t like. Oops. Besides, you’re probably not feeling as guilty about your least favorite book possibly being harmed.

8. They make fantastic building material.

Books are like legos – they can be put together to build things – walls, forts, etc. The more books in your DNF collection you keep, the more materials you have.

Maybe the pretty books will scare people away.

9. You want to fill space.

Books fill space! Empty space can be boring sometimes when you’re bored and staring off while dreaming about dragons and books.

10. They make you feel on top of the world.

I AM THE QUEEN OF THE DNF TOWER! Sincerely, a short Sophia.

Let’s Talk: Do you keep the books you DNF? Why or why not?

Sophia started blogging in February 2012 for the hell of it and is surprisingly still around. She has a GIF for nearly everything, probably listens to too much K-Pop and is generally in an existential crisis of sorts (she's trying her best). In 2020, she graduated with a Bachelor's in Communications and minor in Women's Studies. More of her bookish reviews and K-pop Roundups can be found at The Arts STL.

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15 responses to “Should You Collect Books You DNF? You Should and Here’s Why

  1. Bahahaha Sophia. That was definitely entertaining. I don’t really have DNFs (I try hard not to….) but if I did have physical DNFs I’d keep them. Possibly not for all the reasons above, but definitely because I probably found them pretty in the first place so even if they weren’t great to spend time with I would still like to just look at them! 🙂 Plus – bookstagram! I always need pretty books for that. 🙂


  2. Krystianna

    I usually don’t keep the books that I DNF, but I also don’t usually DNF a lot of books. I tend to purge my shelves of the books I’ve lost interest in before I pick them up.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  3. If it is a real DNF I’m not letting it use up any valuable shelf-space, out it goes. On the other hand if it is a DNF-yet, which I will possibly eventually come back to, it usually stays.

  4. Excellent post! I always hold on to my books, even the ones I DNF, because I honestly have trouble letting go of them. This actually made me laugh and consider what I want to do with DNF-ed books.

  5. I love that you’ve repurposed DNFd books, haha. I choose to gift mine or host a giveaway for them–just because I didn’t like it, doesn’t mean someone else won’t love it. I’d rather the books live somewhere where they’re treasured for being exactly the way they are. Lovely ideas, though! <3

    L @ Do You Dog-ear?

  6. Haha xD this is hilarious! I usually give it away like in a little free library…. or if it’s a kindle book, I just remove from the device and imagine that’s enough xD (especially if it’s a BAD DNF… lol)

  7. I have a confession….

    I actually erm…have a designated box for the books I DNF/don’t have room for on my shelves/their covers don’t match and I can’t cope….it’s basically a cardboard box. That I decorated and it’s called The Book Box Of Shame. Yes…it’s a thing and I use it.

    I’m a firm believer in that all books have a message to give you to, and they all help you grow as a person, whether you finish the book or not, love it or hate it. It still made an impact on you. Also I have a book I DNFed but like – the cover is actually gorgeous so I’m keeping it forever to stare at xD loved the post girl!

  8. i only keep DNF books if theyre v pretty.. however ive been v lucky w my dnf and it snot been anything i want to keep or they were ebooks so i just ignored them

  9. This made me chuckle! I don’t keep DNFed books, so I take them to the used bookstore and get money for them. 🙂 If I had a booktube channel I might see keeping a few for ranting about where you can hold up the pretty not finished horrible book. 🙂