So, I sat down to read a new book and write a review on it, and immediately realized that most books I liked would be automatic 9s. I felt I needed to bring them down to at least a 7. So here’s the revised scale.
- 10 – Rereading this is like reading a new book.
- 9 – I reread this once a year.
- 8 – I really enjoyed this, and will definitely reread it.
- 7 – I really enjoyed it, but may not reread it.
- 6 – Worth owning, but won’t reread it.
- 5 – Not worth owning, but I can borrow it from the library.
- 4 – I finished reading this, but it required discipline.
- 3 – I want my money back.
- 2 – I want my time back.
- 1 – I refuse to waste my time further. (Unfinished read)
- 0 – I would burn this book.
- * – Worth acquiring digital and analog editions.
- ** – I collect editions of this like normal people collect beanie babies.
This scale is better granulated between 5 and 10, and most books will come back at a 7. A 7 means that I enjoyed the book very much, and want to keep it in case I get a craving, but I didn’t immediately go back to start rereading bits of it as soon as I’m finished. If I start doing that, its guaranteed I’ll reread it.
Once a year rereads have been demoted to 9s, and 10 is a new level for books that I can reread on a relatively frequent schedule and yet retain all the impact of their first read. 10 is a high bar, and no one should feel ashamed they didn’t attain it.
Conversely, I am pretty easy to satisfy, story-wise, (I do like Harry Potter after all), so earning a 1 (or a 0!) is a pretty low bar to squeeze under!
Coming soon, a review of Shades of Milk and Honey!