I’ve been blogging and reviewing for slightly less than a year, so this has never been something I’ve given much thought to, but while tidying up my review archives recently I was struck by how many of the books, plots and characters have stayed with me, and how many of them…
Well, they just haven’t.
I also set up new layouts for my review archives, and one of these orders the books according to the rating I gave them, but in a more visually appealing manner (see my lovely rated review archive here). It was when I saw the covers of the novels side-by-side that it became glaringly obvious to me that some of the books shouldn’t be in the same rating bracket as others…
This got me wondering if it’s time I reconsider and amend some of the ratings I’ve given books. Out of curiosity, I looked through some of my older reviews and questioned if I would rate the book the same now, almost one year later, as I did when I first read it. Mostly, the answer was “yes” – my opinion of it hadn’t changed significantly, but in some cases it was a resounding “no”.
The reason my opinion and rating has changed is due to a number of factors –
- I’ve been exposed to many more books this year than I have in previous years, and when the bar is set particularly high, or raised, by a great book – then the rating of anything I read subsequently will be affected, as will the rating I gave to anything prior
- Because of the above point – I’m becoming a more
fussydiscerning reader, who is less easily pleased and amazed by repetitive themes in books, I love being surprised by a book! So, as time has gone on I’ve probably started being a little less willing to dish out those stars for no good reason…
- I’m reading more books from within the same genres – this means I’ll be comparing and contrasting books, figuring out what worked for me and what didn’t
- As Jess from My Reading Dress recently pointed out, I’ve been bad at math – 2.5 stars is half of 5. Not 3. A lot of reviewers (myself included) seem to love the number 3
Now I’m left wondering if I should review my reviews and amend some of my ratings. In most cases the ratings will only move up or down (most likely down) by half a star, perhaps a full star max, but I’m not sure if this is something others do, or if I should just leave it well alone. I’ve come up with the following “definition”, if you will:
A rating is a snap-shot of what I thought of the book in that moment of time, but ratings can be fluid. Ratings and feelings towards a book can change over time, and I’d like my reviews to accurately represent my feelings to my readers, who may use them for recommendations.
So. What do I do? Amend my ratings, or leave them be?