The question from Let’s Talk Bookish for February 18-24 comes from Nicole @ Thoughts Stained With Ink and is…
Do you ever change your rating/review for a book (Nicole)?
These are my personal opinions. I do not expect anyone to agree with anything here, and in fact, I’m certain that many will disagree and/or even hate many of the things I’ve written below. Sorry about that, but you are always welcome to express your own opinions – be they contrary or comparable – in the comments section. So, with that out of the way… let the controversy begin!
What made me think about this topic?
This is the topic that was suggested for this week’s #LetsTalkBookish (hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion), so that was my main inspiration. However, because last week I talked about what makes a 5/5 star book for me, when I saw this topic, I thought it would be a good follow-up. So… the prompts are:
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?
Do you ever change your rating/review for a book?
Well, I almost never change my review rating on a book. There was one book, however, that got fairly low marks because of a huge amount of mistakes. However, the author wrote to me and asked me to not mention those mistakes as she felt I was allowing them to cloud my judgement of the story. When she promised to have the mistakes fixed for the paperback version (and I hope she did), I upped my rating by a whole star. Other than that, I don’t think I’ve actually gone back to any older review and changed my rating. I have fixed up some of my reviews, however, but that’s more of an editing process after seeing that some of my reviews weren’t up to the standards I now have for them.
When or why would you consider doing so?
I’ve mostly vacillated with star ratings for books I didn’t care much for, but since I almost never write reviews of books that I DNF, I’m not sure if that really counts. As mentioned above, that one author asked me to revise my review, and since she promised to fix the errors, I agreed. But in general, I think that my gut instinct is usually the one that sticks. That said, I’m guessing if a book I had DNF was revised drastically and I ended up reading the new version, I might change my mind.
Do you think people should be allowed to change their ratings/reviews?
Absolutely! Nothing is written in stone, and it isn’t like writing book reviews is a test where there’s any right or wrong answer. Also, if we re-read a book (something I generally don’t do) we might find that we might not have properly appreciated a book we read when we were younger. We change throughout life, so we see things differently, and our opinions could change.
Is it important to make it known what the previous rating/review was if you’re changing it?
I’m not sure about this. If someone revises their opinion and changes their review, it might be nice to let readers know that this wasn’t their original assessment. That might give insight to readers to know that a book that was loved at one time has not aged well, or that an older book wasn’t appreciated before (maybe because of our age and/or life experiences), but now we can see its merits. Helpful? Certainly. Important? Maybe!
There you have it!
So… what about you?
Do you think book reviewers can or should change their ratings/reviews of books?
This post is my 4th entry in the 2022 Discussion Challenge, hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight!