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The Goodreads ‘dnf’ Shelf

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I love Goodreads because I have a terrible memory. So every time someone suggests a book for me to read, I add it to one of my shelves. I have lots. Come be my friend and check them out.

I have read lots of articles on how to maximise Goodreads as both a writer and a reader and I think I do a fairly good job. I’m not as active as I’d like in groups because I have so little time these days, time I try to spend reading.

One of the suggestions I came across a few years ago was to set up a ‘dnf’ or did not finish shelf, so that the book is not counted in your read shelf. So like a good little shelfer I created it. And over the years I added a couple of books and I didn’t think anything of it, until recently.

The other day I started reading an indie-author book and, unfortunately, it was, for me, unreadable. I chucked it on my ‘dnf’ shelf. But then I thought, hang on a minute, I’m an indie-author. And I check my Goodreads stats regularly. How would I feel if someone put my book on a ‘dnf’ shelf? Not great, that’s for sure.

So I have axed my ‘dnf’ shelf. I will still give books 50 pages to snag me because there are too many books and not enough time to read them all but if I don’t get on with the book I shall just remove it from my shelves and pick up the next story.

There will always be a book that one person loves and another person cannot read – that’s just life – but we can be kind about it and just put that book back for someone else to try.

Claire Buss is an award-winning sci-fi & fantasy author. Visit her website at clairebuss.co.uk.

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