So when I read nonfiction, it just is what it is. I read it, I learn from it, and I move on, rarely to return.
But fiction… well, the whole point of reading it is for pleasure. There are many books that I read time and again for the joy that they bring.
So, while I don’t bother rating nonfiction works, I do have an informal system for fiction…
1::I can’t even believe I wasted my time reading this book once.
2::I’m glad I read it once, but I doubt I’ll ever read it again.
3::This book was fun, but lacked any real depth. I might pick it up again in a few years.
4::I loved this book and thought the plot and characters were rich enough that I will definitely read this book again.
5::I wish these people were alive so I could hang out with them. The closest I’ll ever get is to read this book so often that I memorize all of their actions and dialogue so that my imaginary conversations with them will be accurate.