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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.

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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.

Her abbreviations are, as follows:RB: Readable BanalityRP: Readable PiffleNFM: Not For MeDNF: Did Not FinishDNR: Did Not ReadRP+1: One Step Up From "RP"RPM: Readable Piffle MysteryG: Good, Different, Holds My AttentionVB: Very BadNMS: Not My StylePB: Pretty BoringNBAA: Not Bad At AllRR: ReadableWOT: Waste Of Time
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."

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."
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."

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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.

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

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