I’ve noticed something that I tend to do and that’s changing my ratings on Goodreads (and subsequently on my reviews on here as well) of books that I finished a while ago.
It happens a lot especially when I’m reading series. When I finish the first book in a series and it’s flawless and badass I of course always go for the 5 out of 5, because to me it was a perfect read at the time I finished it. Then when I pick up the next book and I love it even more and I think it’s even better than the first one I get into a bit of a conundrum. Do I change my rating of the first book? Or do I just give this one the same rating even though in my opinion it’s better than the other book?
I think the reason I tend to change my ratings of books after a while is because sometimes it just takes a couple of days for me to let what I just read really sink in and that can cause my opinions of it to change. Another reason is, that this year I’ve decided to read more critically. I used to be very generous with my five star ratings and just threw them onto every book I read and liked and this year I’ve decided to not be so giving anymore and really think about what would warrant a 5 star read for me. So it can happen quite frequently that I go back and change a 5 star rating to a 4 star. It also tends to happen quite often that I change a 3 to a 2 or even go as low as a 1.
I think it’s a good idea sometimes to go back and reassess your feelings after finishing a book and see if your thoughts towards it have changed. I personally feel like I can’t honestly rate a book immediately after finishing it, because the excitement (or dislike) of the story clouds my judgement too much and I’m trying to be more unbiased in my ratings and reviews.
I’m very interested as to whether or not you do this as well? Do you go back and change your ratings on Goodreads or on your reviews on your blog (or anywhere else)? Or do you rate a book once and never look back again?
I hope you have a wonderful Sunday, lovely humans!