This week’s topic is Changing Book Ratings and Reviews.
Do you ever change your rating/review for a book? When or why would you consider doing so?
I have gone back to change ratings and reviews of books, though I haven’t done it recently. When I did this in the past, it was because I impulsively rated/reviewed the book immediately after reading, and didn’t give myself a chance to really reflect on the book. Days or even weeks later I would feel differently, and then go back and change the rating/review.
Do you think people should be allowed to change their ratings/reviews?
Absolutely! Opinions can change over time, and feelings are not stagnant. With time comes perspective, and I think it’s normal to feel differently about books over the years. For example, I used to love the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins until I read prequel that came out in 2020 and then I realized I didn’t feel as strongly about the series as I once did. While I didn’t go back and change any reviews or ratings, I did recognize that my thoughts on the books and series as a whole had changed.
Is it important to make it known what the previous rating/review was if you’re changing it?
I think this depends on a couple of things, such as what the original review consisted of and how big your audience is. If the original review was very long and detailed or had a rating that used a specific scale, then it might be good to either put a disclaimer on it that the review was changed or at least preface the new review with a statement that a previous review was written.
If you have a large audience, it might be good to be transparent about changing ratings and reviews so your readers aren’t confused. I personally haven’t felt compelled to announce when I’ve changed a rating or a review, but if it came up in a way that may be confusing for others I would probably address it.
These days, I tend to wait a few days before rating a book or finalizing my review because I know that I’ll be able to write a better review if I give myself time to reflect on the book. However, if it’s a five-star read I will say as much right away 🙂