DNF guilt? It’s okay. We’re here to help

Are you one of those readers who feels you absolutely, always have to finish a book? Does an unfinished book, left alone on your bookshelf or nightstand, seem to both compel and repel you? Does finishing every book leave you with a feeling of conquest mixed with exhaustion?

Gregory Peck, the actor, reading.
Gregory Peck, with a large selection of reading materials.

If you're at the end of your rope and want permission to start a book and not finish it, we're here for you. We understand that while a book's blurb might sound amazing, sometimes the story is a flop. Take comfort in the fact that this has happened to many readers, and it's not your fault.

Instead, if you're trying to get past your DNF guilt, let us help. Our experienced staff in the Center for the Reader can help guide you to books you may enjoy, and we will never, ever take it personally if you don't love all of the titles we suggest. We didn't write the books, after all. We may ask you twenty questions, but rest assured that we'll offer you a book or two that we think you'll appreciate. There's a certain freedom that comes with the knowledge that you can take several books home and just give them back if you don't like them (which is how the library works, actually). We won't ever demand that you finish them, and will always be here for you, ready to supply you with titles you'll relish.

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