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    Posted on Jun 1, 2018

    This Woman Made A Secret Code To Review Every Book She Read, And It's Genius

    Some people use Goodreads, she used her own foolproof system.

    We all have ways of reviewing books we've read, whether it's writing in down in a notebook, leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads, or telling everyone in earshot about it.

    Stefanie Dreyfuss, however, used her own personal system of abbreviations, and it's totally inspired and brutally honest.

    Lauren Tarshis

    Her abbreviations are, as follows:

    RB: Readable Banality

    RP: Readable Piffle

    NFM: Not For Me

    DNF: Did Not Finish

    DNR: Did Not Read

    RP+1: One Step Up From "RP"

    RPM: Readable Piffle Mystery

    G: Good, Different, Holds My Attention

    VB: Very Bad

    NMS: Not My Style

    PB: Pretty Boring

    NBAA: Not Bad At All

    RR: Readable

    WOT: Waste Of Time

    Author Lauren Tarshis, Dreyfuss' daughter-in-law, shared her discovery of Dreyfuss' codes on Twitter as she sorted through her belongings after Dreyfuss's death last week at the age of 96.

    I lost my mother in law last week. She was 96 and one of my best friends. A lifelong lover of books, she kept track of all she read on index cards and recorded her opinion in code. This is the key to her code and the cards we found among her belongings. https://t.co/Iabmek9B7F

    "Books for my mother in law were a refuge," Tarshis told BuzzFeed. "She experienced many reversals in her life. She was incredibly resilient and brave. I think that books were a great source of strength, reassurance, distraction, and identity for her."

    Lauren Tarshis

    According to her obituary, Dreyfuss narrowly escaped Nazi Germany in 1939 and lived in Shanghai for eight years before immigrating to the United States. "She loved Philip Roth, Saul Bellow, and John Updike, Tarshis said. "She discovered those authors when she worked at a lending library in the Jewish ghetto in Shanghai, where she lived from 1939-1947. She adored Frederick Busch and was heartbroken when he died. Andre Aciman and Wally Lamb were more modern favorites. The last book on her bedstead was by Julia Spencer Flemming."

    Tarshis and her family didn't know the specifics of Dreyfuss's book rating system while she was alive, but "she was a woman of systems, of endless lists," Tarshis said, adding that she also kept track of all of the shows she watched on Amazon, Netflix, and Acorn.

    Lauren Tarshis

    Based on this photo, it appears Dreyfuss was not a fan of Godless, Alias Grace, or Judd Apatow: The Return.

    "We were left behind hundreds of books, including many rare books and first editions; most have her notes and clipped reviews tucked into the back," Tarshis said.

    Lauren Tarshis

    "We plan to keep them all as a kind of lending library that her grandchildren, nieces and nephews can enjoy."

    May this lover of books, lists, systems, and abider of readable piffle rest in peace.

    Lauren Tarshis

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