Buy | Borrow | Accept | Avoid
I want to be rather clear about what I mean by these words; although they seem rather obvious to me, my husband assures me that people may not understand the inner workings of my mind.
To get an Avoid rating, a book probably annoyed the living beejesus out of me for some reason, and I am kind of sad that I wasted time reading it. Some of my Avoid books of the year: Glengarry Glen Ross, The Great Lover,
To get an Accept rating, a book must entertain me and/or make me think, but probably didn't make me do both. Accept(able) books are good reads that I enjoy and promptly forget. Quite a few guilty pleasures fall into this category as well as intellectual books that weren't entertaining. Some of my Accept books of the year: Coraline the Graphic Novel, The Alcoholic, The Age of Innocence,
To get a Borrow rating, a book must be entertaining, thought-provoking, and memorable. Some of my Borrow books of the year: We Have Always Lived in the Castle, The Battle of the Labyrinth, gods behaving badly,
To get a Buy rating, a book must blow my mind to tiny little pieces and then reassemble them in a new and delightful way. Some of my Buy books of the year: Fingersmith, Ender's Game, Paper Towns,
Obviously the majority of my books will fall into the Accept or Borrow ratings. I steer clear of books that have a high likelihood of annoying me, and it is a rare book that reaches mind-blowing status. I say this because I want everyone to know that receiving an Accept rating is not a bad thing. I like Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series and if you have the time and desire, I would recommend reading them, but all of them would still receive an Accept rating.
Hopefully all of this makes sense. Now I have to decide if I'm going to backtrack this year and add in the ratings for my already-read books.