So I talked a little about this idea a few weeks ago: the dread read rating. If you’re familiar with Netgalley and the approval rating, this is similar to that idea. If every time you bought a new book you had to justify, ‘hey this is my read rating, dear book, please come home with me’. So if you had a read rating what would it be?
How To Do It
What you do is count all your books and how many you’ve read. This can be anything you want. Your read rating, say that five times fast, of a genre, or your childhood books. I did not include any of my literary theory books because there’s no way I’ll read all of them. Then divide the amount of books read, by the total and TA DA!
So at first I was so against the idea of a read rating. But the more I’ve thought about it, the more sense it makes. Don’t get me wrong. At the beginning I didn’t want to do it out of fear. I knew it’d be bad. But this is my effort to be more conscious about 1) buying less books and 2) actually reading the books I have. Books are not just gorgeous to look at, but to also read – that is their primary purpose. I don’t want to guilt anyone into doing this. But I can only speak for myself and say that it’s been a surprisingly uplifting process. I don’t see my ‘rating’ as something negative, but a spring board. It gave me an excuse to look at all these lovely books I haven’t read, all these friends I haven’t made yet.
So what is mine? Mine is 38%. This isn’t as bad as I was thinking, but it isn’t as good either. My goal was 40% so this is close, but I secretly thought mine would be over that.
What is your read rating? What do you think it might be?
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