This week’s topic comes to us from NICOLE @ THOUGHTS STAINED WITH INK who asks:
Do you ever change your rating/review for a book? When or why would you consider doing so? Do you think people should be allowed to change their ratings/reviews? Is it important to make it known what the previous rating/review was if you’re changing it?
Yeah, I do.
I usually rate a book the literal **second** I am finished with it. I do this because my Kindle is connected to my Goodreads account, and so as soon as I turn the last page, I am presented with this—
I typically go with my gut here. Was it a good book, but didn’t really break out of any of the boundaries of its genre? Three. Was it really well done, and did the story affect me in a way that was unexpected? Four. Did I love it so much that I couldn’t quite form words? Five.
The problem with these totally off-the-cuff decisions is that I may feel slightly different later, after I’ve had a chance to think about it away from the intoxicating just-finished feelings.
I will especially alter a rating if I notice that I have rated something higher than a book that I can objectively say was better. I will, for example, look at a book like The Best Men, by Sarina Bowen. I loved that book, and in the middle of my overflowing happy endorphins, gave that book 5 stars…and then had to look at other books that I had given 4 stars to and had to ask…was The Best Men *really* better than Rock Bottom Girl? Spoiler: It wasn’t.
So I do rate them in the moment, and I do adjust that in the harsh light of day. And I don’t call that out because these ratings are for me.
Now, if I am going to review a book for the blog, I will sit with that rating beforehand because I don’t want to have to go back and change a rating on a previously *reviewed* book. At that point, I kind of feel like the rating becomes something that we share, something that we own collectively if that makes sense. And if, in that case, I felt like I had made a mistake, I’d write a retraction.
So. What do you think about ratings? Do you rate books? Do you share the ratings? Do you ever change a rating? Let’s talk about it in the comments!