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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Sharing Beyond Books #349 Comment Giveaway July 28, 2018

Hello again and Welcome to Sharing Beyond Books, SBB!

Thanks to everyone who commented last week.
Six people watch games shows sometimes; two only watch sport shows; two like shows with a storyline; one watches documentaries and one watches only dvds. That leaves another five who don't watch much TV and one who doesn't have a TV!

The Winner from SBB #348 comments is: #17 Becky who can make a GC choice if international or book choice from the Updated (**Finally!) ARC/Review titles or (recently updated) Love and Christmas titles - all linked near the end of the post.

**NOTE: I did post an Updated ARC and Other books for Giveaways. I have to go back and list the titles -- someday.
Please let me know your choice by completing the WINNER FORM.

WEEK #349
(One Question.)

St. James asks: How many pages of a book do you read before deciding it's a dnf [did not finish]??
We have had this question before but back in 2013. Let's see if our answers have changed.
My answer hasn't changed. I rarely DNF. If I selected or accepted a book for review I plan to push through to the end. I can only think of one DNF over the past several years. It is a popular book and I was listening on audio. I stopped about two hours in as I found it boring and depressing. Perhaps I'll try again sometime.
(Maybe someone should ask - for another SBB- what popular book we DNF.)
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Image found at Sarah's Bookshelves - follow the link to a good discussion of DNF.

Thanks to those who are sending in Questions. DON'T BE SHY! Surely everyone has a Q or two you'd like to ask. Input suggestions in this Suggested Question Form. At the end of each month I draw from the suggestions I used during the month and that person will get a book choice or GC. I thank everyone for submitting questions. Thanks for sending in questions! The supply of questions is dwindling so share some if you think of any -- even if they are duplicates I'll weed through or try to modify.
Marjorie and St. James get 1/2 book credit or $2.50 for the month of July.

Your turn to share. St. James asks: How many pages of a book do you read before deciding it's a dnf [did not finish]??

SBB Comment Winners can choose a selection from the Updated ARC and Other books, including the "Love" and Christmas titles all in one post.

SBB Rules:
a) Must be a follower.
b) Share a comment on the question above.
Open internationally and an international winner may get a smaller book or a $5.00 GC if I decide the mailing is too much.
I will pick a Comment winner from all comments made through Saturday August 11, 2018 at 5 PM central.


  1. I try to finish however hard (it is very hard at times when you know you have countless good books in the offing!). I feel I owe it to the publisher who sends me the book to finish.

  2. I have no problem DNF-ing a book. I'll probably read at least 20% before giving up.

  3. I will give a book about 50 pages, but I can usually tell after much less than that.

  4. Thanks Martha!
    I usually finish reading whatever I start. But if I still find it boring after getting to the 4th chapter I will but it down for later and start something else.

  5. It's more a case of how bad the book is. Some which I couldn't stand the characters, I stopped pretty early on; within the 1st few chapters.

  6. Congrats Becky!

    St James this is a really good Q. I usually read about 10% of the book, other times, when I really want to love it, I force myself to read about half, that's the maximum limit.

  7. i always try to finish a book so i have no rule about when i give up it happened only once quite a long time ago so i guess we can still say i do not dnf

  8. I always finish the book, no matter what. You may think it's terrible, but I have had a couple of books that didn't make sense till the whole thing was read. I say, give each book a chance to the end. Even a bad book is good reading.
    Congrats to Becky!

  9. Congrats to the winners!

    I'm like you Martha, if it's a review book, will push through. I have DNFed some books. 1 is a very popular one but was sooo boring, I think I gave it one chapter if not less. Another was something that sounded nice based on the summary but totally ahead of my age (at that time) for me, so I skipped the difficult parts. So it's kind of a DNF?

  10. I think I've only come across one book I DNF. The heroine was so clingy, needy & depressed I had to stop reading after half the first chapter. Congrats to Becky.
    Carol Luciano
    Lucky4750 at aol dot com

  11. Congrats Becky!

    If I'm not into it by the 1st chapter I stop and put it in my donate to the library pile. There are so many fabulous books out there I don't want to waste my time on something I'm not enjoying.

  12. Congrats winners. Thanks for the win.
    I usually read 3-4 chapters, if it is not interesting off I go to another book.

  13. Around 100 pages or so...

  14. I agree with Rita Wray - too many great books need my time for reading to waste time on a lesser read...

    A good youtube video has a young woman sharing how she's read 1000 books - by cutting out those that don't grab and keep her attention right off the top! Thought that a great summation for dnfing. Just because it's been written doesn't qualify it for being read ;)

    Thanks, Martha, for sharing the question with us !


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