'Mel on reading' is a little feature I created as part of my Fairytale news. It's my way to show my thoughts on topics that go from pet peeves in reading to my favorite things in books.
Not so long ago, I decided to edit some things in my reviews and I took a look at my ratings. Some of them surprised me. Without second thoughts, I went ahead and changed them. This only happened for books I read a while ago, back when I started this blog. I think this has to do with the way I rated.
Feel-rating. I’m blown away by the book and I give it a high rating. Later, when I really think about the book I find out that I didn’t love it THAT much. I begin to notice things I first didn't see. This was the only way I rated the books when I started the blog. Now, I combine it with:
Think-rating. I look at the things I liked and disliked. Would I re-read it? Would I count it as a favorite? Would I recommend it to someone else? How are all the different aspects in the book? I combine with my feel-rating. If I don't feel it I still don't give it a high rating.
Sometimes I see people who don't read reviews for books they are reading/going to read soon, because they don't want to be influenced by other opinions. Is this only because you are afraid you might incidentally plagiarize something (that's why I avoid the reviews) or because you might change your rating because of it? (Influenced-rating)
Changing those ratings also depends on other books. The more I read, the more books I have to compare with each other. Sometimes I feel like a certain book doesn’t belong with the others in X rating or I just don't love it as much as I did. I noticed that these changes happened in the 2.5 - 4.5 ratings, most of them went down with 0.5 points. I don't change my mind about books I hated or the 5 and 5+. My favorites always stay my favorites.
I like to have up-to-date and honest ratings. I’m not going to change the review (although I have many older ones that made me cringe) and I don't change the ratings on Goodreads. Too much work and they don't allow half stars anyway.
How about you? Do you ever go back to change your ratings? Are there books you hate/love more now than you did after finishing them?