Fairytale News | Changing older ratings?


'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?

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  1. Oooh, interesting topic! I haven't changed any of my ratings for the simple fact that I'm lazy but as I was reformatting my posts, I definitely wanted too. Nowadays, I make my Goodreads rating my 'enjoyment rating' and then my blog review rating the actual 'how good the book is rating'. :P Thinking back, there are books that I appreciate a lot more now and then there's the ones that I wonder how I ever gave 5 stars too haha.

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    1. That is also a good idea! Keeping it separated on two websites is smart :)

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  2. Those are my two types of ratings, as well! Although, the think ratings only ever occur if the book wasn't amazing enough to elicit a mood rating from me. Actually, most of my mood ratings are the 5 stars, or the books I didn't really like...
    I've never gone back and changed a rating, simply because the rating is representative of how I felt when I finished that book. I don't think it's fair to the book itself, if I begin comparing it to all the books I've read SINCE I rated that one. My feelings may change, and if I look back on that book I might not like it as much as I had when I finished it and rated it, but yeah. Whenever I rate a book, it's forever, because that's how I felt about the book when I closed it's cover and reflected on it ^.^

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    1. The 5 and 5+ stars are most of the times mood ratings and I never seem to get those wrong. You definitely have a point there Chiara! It's one of the things I thought about after changing the ratings, but I do feel good about it.

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  3. Changing a rating, for me, is the rarest thing in rare town and not something I like doing. I think I've only ever done it once and it was a review I'd only posted on Goodreads and would never post on my blog (because it's a bit of a spoilery, ranty review). After a day or so I went back and changed the rating from three stars to two, simply because as soon as I'd clicked the three stars button I'd regretted it and it had been playing on my mind. I was struggling to think of why I'd given it a three in the first place.

    But, like I said, that was just a couple of days later and it was the only time I've done it. I wouldn't change my rating for a book I'd read ages ago, or for a review I posted on my blog, as I normally take the time to really think about my ratings and weigh up just how good the book was.

    I don't have a problem if someone else changes theirs though. If their opinions changed, or they re-read the book and had a different reaction, then that's fine. It's interesting to see, actually, how / why the book changed for them :)

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    1. It was interesting to read my reviews again and see why I rated it, but in the end I feel like the book wasn't worth the rating. It's great that you really think about your ratings :)

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  4. I'm going to be honest here: my view/rating of a book is influenced by other reviews a lot of times. I try to avoid that by not reading any reviews of books that I haven't read yet. This way I can go into it without much prejudice and afterwards write a review that's entirely my own opinion.

    I've changed ratings of books I read a long time ago because I felt differently about them. I used to be very generous with my ratings but now I just want to be honest. If I didn't like it, then it deserves a low rating end of story.

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    1. The same! I had a feeling I was too generous :) It's a good thing you know you can be influenced, because that way you can avoid it.

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  5. Um, both actually. I don't want to read review because yes, possible plagiarizing, though.. I almost never remember the exact words. No, scratch that! I never remember them because I comment a lot and read a lot of reviews, but it's mostly because I don't want people to influence my thoughts.. When they point out certain things that I perhaps wouldn't have even noticed or been bothered by then it somewhat ruins my reading experience, then again, I don't like to read reviews before I've read a book (and I'm planning on reading that certain book), because possible spoilers or creating a hype with their words in my mind etc. I do love to read reviews, don't get me wrong, discussing thoughts is so fun, but taking a peek at the rating and reading a full review when I know that I'll read that book soon is just.. yeah. I can peek and get an overall sense of what this people thought, but if I read the full review then thinking about everything while I'm reading is a little too much. Like, I know how Jenni [Xpresso Reads] and Amy [Book Loving Mom] used to point out in their reviews that stupid "holding my breath which I wasn't aware of" and then I started to notice it everywhere and now that I do I cannot help but be frustrated and roll my eyes--an example of how reading so many reviews can ruin a reading experience. Mood rating used to happen a lot with me, but then I developed a new system for myself where I rate different aspects of a book and get a full rating. That way I feel I can be more objective. On Goodreads though, almost always I give the author/book a better rating if it's a x.5 rating. It's been like.. 2-3 times where it hasn't happened, but mostly I give the better rating to support an author and the book. I want to start re-rating some of the books there though, because I have come to realize, just as you, that some ratings and feelings that I had back then do not apply to my thoughts on now. I have no clue when I'd have time for that though... Love this topic and the discussion though!

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    1. First of, awesome comment Siiri! I have the same thing with reading reviews. I love commenting on them, but when I read a review for a book I'm going to read soon, I sometimes feel I'm going to focus on the negative points. I like to go into a book without any expectations too :) The 'holding her breath' is also something I notice a lot more now!

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  6. Oh wow, I've never thought of it that way, I don't label the way I review a book, I just type what comes into my mind after reading (that's why I review after I read so everything still fresh in my head). But I did change the rating before but that's really rare, I usually stick to my decision.

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  7. This is interesting. It's making me think of my nonexistent rating, lol! Thanks!

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  8. I've only changed ratings a handful of times. I really end to stick with my first decision. I also am not influenced by others if I love something I'll rate it so and if I don't same applies. Great topic.

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  9. I've never gone back and changed a rating, although I'm sure if I looked back, I would change my ratings on a few.

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  10. I've never gone back and changed a rating, but I've definitely considered re-reading books I've rated high/low in the past and seeing if I still feel the same. There's definitely been books I've rated quite high in the past, because I was in the right mood when I read it and rated it based on my mood. I think with a more analytical approach, those same books wouldn't fare as well.

    And like you said, I've got a larger pool of comparable reads to pull from. I look at some of my 4/5 star reviews from the past and wonder, are they actually on the same level as these other 4/5 star reviews?

    It's just all so tricky!

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    1. Re-reading old favorites is fun and difficult at the same time. I'm always afraid I spoil all the good feelings I had about them when I dislike them.. We can make it so complicated for our-self, haha.

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  11. I think sometimes I might change a rating when I'm writing the review. Maybe I'm torn between 3.5-4 on the rating scale and initially I thought it was a 4 but then when I write my review I see more of all the positives and negatives and if the negatives are starting to become more of the focus of the review I might go with my lower rating. I don't go back to change ratings after I have already written the review though. I think that initial impression you had from the book should be the one you stick with. If it was a 5 I don't think you should sit there and find something wrong with the book just to give it a lower rating.
    I also have found that with time my ratings have become more strict. I use to rate a lot of books higher than I do today. I guess with time and more and more books on my read pile I start to compare books more and put a higher value on that 5 rating.

    Thanks for the great discussion!

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    1. Yes, I'm definitely harder when it comes to giving 4 and higher :) You have a point with sticking with your rating, it was something I thought about after changing too.

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  12. I don't think I've ever changed blog ratings, but I've seen that my personal thoughts and feelings towards books have changed. There are a lot of books I didn't like initially, but now all that has stuck with me is what I did like. Or vise versa. I look back at my early reviews, and it's almost like I'm an entirely different reader. I have such a broad perspective now, and I'm much better at putting my thoughts into words than I was three years ago.

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    1. Looking back make me realize what I rookie reviewer I was, haha.

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  13. I'm pretty much the same, I don't like going back and changing the ratings but sometimes I do. Because it's easy to get swept up in the emotions of a book but when you look back, it really wasn't that great after all. Also I always have to make sure that it belongs in the same rating as other books that I have rated, comparison is a good factor of how I review books. Lovely discussion Mel!

    Here's my STS this week.

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  14. Usually the only time I'll change a rating is if I reread a book and end up reviewing it again on my blog. But otherwise I just leave them alone, because the rating was what I felt was right when I wrote my review. I have noticed that the more I read, the more I'm able to pinpoint my "true" rating. Like you said, with more books read, it's easier to clump them together and have a level of comparison.

    My hardest decision is always choosing between a 3 and a 4, since I don't use half stars. Now I always ask: would I read it again? If the answer is yes, it's a 4. If it's a no, it's a 3. I've found that since then I'm able to get the proper rating for each book!

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    1. It's one of the reasons I made a 3.5 star rating, otherwise it's just too hard for me :p

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  15. I don't do much comparative ratings with the books I've read in the past. Too much thinking for me haha. I usually give myself a day or two to "finalize" the rating. I'll rate it right after finishing it, but a couple times I've gone back the day after and changed the rating because I just can't decide how I feel about it :/

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  16. I change my ratings ALL THE TIME, especially on Goodreads, and mostly on books I've read a year or so back. Sometimes, ratings even go down from 5 to 3. This usually happens when the original 5-star rating was an influenced rating for me. Back then, I HATED being the black sheep. Now, though? I really do think it's fine (good, even) to be the black sheep. That way, my reviews will help some people decide against or to read a book with an extra opinion that's different. Sometimes, my 2-star reviews turn into 1-star ones because I realize that I only gave it two stars in the first place so that I wouldn't come off as harsh. The ratings that stay the same for me are usually the 1-star ratings, lol! Fantastic post, Melanie!

    Aimee @ Deadly Darlings

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    1. I've done the same with some 2 star reviews, haha.

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  17. I haven't thought about going back and changing ratings because of reading habbits, but I have thought about updating them because I have changed my rating style since I started. I now use crystal balls and back then I used cats. I just don't know if I want to go through all those posts. Like 3 years of posts! EEK!

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  18. I don't read reviews for a book I know I'll be reviewing. When I do change my rating, it's for 3 star ones. Compared to a book I recently gave 3 star, an older rating might step up or down the rating ladder. For me, 3 star ratings are the toughest to tackle.
    The way I get influenced by others' ratings is when I see a blogger rate a book with high praise and I find that blogger's tastes in books reliable, I would read that book. Lucky, I read the book months after I see the review so I forget that and get to my own opinion.

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    1. Oh yes, I get influenced like that too. I want to read several books only because I've seen some trusted bloggers rating them with 5-stars :)

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  19. I am a bit of a mood rater but a bit of a think rater as well. If there are a lot of flaws, then it's clearly not going to get a high rating from me. But then again, I rate some books 5 stars even if there is a flaw or two. I remember reading a review on this book that was pretty negative and this girl who commented pretty much changed her entire view on the book because of the review--I was pretty shocked when I was reading it. You cant just change your opinion in an instance because someone who normally agree with did not like the book you loved.

    Awesome post! <33

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    1. Hmm, no, it might lower your rating and make you realize more, but you can't go from loving a book to hating it.

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  20. I sometimes change my ratings as well. I tend to rate books on Goodreads right after I've finished them, but it's usually when I'm writing my review that it either goes up or down a star. I think I've gone back and changes ratings for books I read a while ago as well, mainly because I've re-read them and didn't enjoy them as much/enjoyed them more.
    Sometimes I'll read reviews for books I haven't read yet, but I try to skim-read the reviews so that I'm not taking in too much of the reviewers opinion in case something sticks in my head.
    Great post, Mel! :D

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    1. Good to hear I'm not the only one who changes her rating :) Thanks for stopping by Samantha!

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  21. I'm a mood rater and usually, my feelings and views on a book dont change much overtime. Maybe just a tad, but it isn't much. I skim through reviews because as you've mentioned, I tend to unintentionally plagiarize a little (somehow parts of a review get stuck into my head) and it pretty much influences my ratings on the book as well.

    Great post

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  22. This is a great this post Mel, and I fully agree with you with the influence of rating books and whether you'll read it again. I usually don't read any other reviews before hand when I get a review book. I want my thoughts to be honest and I think every blogger could relate to this. And for books I have iffy feeling on I take a moment to look at the great scenes in the book to give it a far rating.

    Happy Reading and Great post again!
    Patrick @ The Bookshelves

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  23. I don't actually rate my books when I post reviews, however I do rate them on Goodreads. I don't actually like to rate my books for the simple fact that I know it is likely to change and so instead I just write my thoughts. I'm a big re-reader as well so it's highly likely opinion will change over time. I often find it interesting how easily our mood can influence our thoughts on any given book though. Oh, and I try not to read reviews of books I hope to read in the immediate future.
    This was a great topic for discussion.
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    Bits & Bobs

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  24. I haven't yet went back and changed my ratings but I have been thinking recently about some of them and want to go back and change them. I have a lot of mood ratings I think because when I finish I'm like OMG I LOVE IT and then later I realize that it's not so much like that. Lately I have started to hold off a few days before rating/reviewing to give me a chance to sit on my thoughts and I find this is working better than previous methods. Much like you, i hardly every, ever (I'm not sure it has ever happened actually) changed a book I previously hated to a book I loved!!

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    1. That might be a good idea, I hope this works for you Lauren! :)

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  25. Love this post. <3 And I agree with you. I have also had to change a few ratings, hih. And I know that there are a lot more that could be changed down. Sigh. But I'm leaving those, in case I ever re-read the books. Which will probably not happen, lol. But anyway. Thank you for sharing. <3

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  26. Oh, yeah. When I started reading seriously in 2012, I was a pretty much high rater then. I finish a book and you rarely see me rate anything below 3 stars. I was introduced to the world of YA and found almost everything so awesome, flaws and all. But now that I've read way more and I've matured and have grown a standard for what's considered excellent, I definitely felt my ratings were off. I remember not too long ago looking back at my first ratings and reviews, gave it much thought of what I truly thought of the book now that I was more... errm, capable of analysing it, and rated them accordingly. Haha, I still have episodes of "Man, I liked this? I rated it this high? I REAAALLY was younger then lol"

    Faye @ The Social Potato

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    1. Haha, I had the same! 'I gave it 4 stars, REALLY?'

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  27. My old ratings show how I felt at the time but I know for a fact that I'd not rate them the same way if I were reading them today. I think I've gotten more picky in my books the longer I've blogged. I love the topic of ratings and seems it could be an endless discussion. I imagine it is one of the hardest aspects of reviewing--how to limit a book to stars? great post Mel!

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    1. Yes, ratings is always interesting, also because everyone seems to have different thoughts about their rating!

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  28. [ Laughs ] As a rule, I don't do reviews on books I hate.

    Besides, your rating is personal and of course it will vary from person to person.

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  29. I've thought about going back and changing my older ratings, but so far I haven't. My ratings are a reflection of how I felt at the time I read them, and I think there's a lot of value to that. My biggest problems come when I look at my archive of reviews by rating, and I see some that stick out like sore thumbs. Like if THIS book was a 4 star for me, how could THAT book possibly be a 4 star, too?

    Stephanie @ Inspiring Insomnia

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    1. Yes, that's why I changed it. It might have felt like a 4 stars book back then, but I like to be more representative of how I feel NOW.

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  30. Oooh, great post, Mel! I've always wanted to read about other people's opinion on changing older ratings because it's something I'm usually tempted to do. Like you, I rarely want to change ratings for my favourites but for my 3-4 star books, that's not always the case. When I get to comparing books, I get apprehensive about old ratings. I make an effort not to do that but it's hard. I try to stick with my gut feel then so I'm not induced to modifying my ratings.

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    1. Thanks Hazel, I'm enjoying all the comments. It's so interesting to see how everybody feels about it!

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  31. Hmmm, I don't often change my ratings, at least I don't even go back with intention of changing them. But generally if I change a rating, it's between when I finished reading a book and writing the review. A lot of times my opinion will change as I put to words how I feel about a book. That being said, most of my ratings are mood ratings, based mostly on how a book feels to me, rather than simply deducting for things that don't work. I will add or deduct half stars sometimes based relatively on my ratings for other books, though. If I'm planning on reviewing a book, especially relatively soon, I avoid reviews largely for both reasons, so I don't plagiarize and so I'm not influenced.

    Great post Mel!
    Rachel @ Paper Cuts

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Rachel! I think I'm a combination of mood/analytic most of the times. I like to think about how the book made me feel and how I liked certain aspects.

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  32. I've definitely contemplated going back and changing some of my ratings, but I have yet to do so. I'm sure it would take quite a long time to go through them all so I don't bother, but it is tempting sometimes. I know my opinions and feelings have definitely changed overtime. It's like you say, the more I read, the more I have books to compare to and the more tired I become of certain genres and tropes. I think I would be much more likely to change my rating if I first reread that book to refresh my thoughts and find that my feelings have changed.

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    1. Seeing I didn't change so many books, it went quite fast, but I definitely understand it can be time consuming if you want to look at all your ratings.

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  33. I do go back and change my ratings sometimes, but honestly, not very often. I think mood rating/emotional rating is totally valid, and unless my feelings about a book changed, I'm not likely to go back and negate my original rating, at least by very much. Maybe tinkering with a half star here and there. :)

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  34. I thought about this too. There are books that I would give a different rating now, but when I think that in that period of my life that book was my favorite I just can't bring myself to do it.

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  35. When I first started posting book reviews and didn't read the volume of books that I do now, I was much more forgiving. Now that I have experience reading so many different books, I scrutinize much more than before. I have gone back and changed some ratings. Not many, but I definitely realized that I was a little too kind with some of my original book reviews considering all the talent out there. ;)

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    1. Yes, I have exactly the same thing Danielle :)

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  36. This is definitely interesting! I've thought about going back and changing some of my older ratings, but have decided to stay true to my initial evaluation. I definitely feel like some books get more of a mood-rating and sometimes that mood changes after a little while, but I still trust in my initial 'mood'. :)

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  37. Yes, yes, and yes! Great discussion topic! I think time is my biggest issue with ratings. Books that I reviewed or rated when I was much younger or years back really make me cringe because I definitely gave a lot of books five stars because I didn't know any better xD So I tend to change those.

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    1. Haha, yes, I feel like I was so generous with my high ratings back then!

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  38. I think we all probably have this happen to us, the mood rating versus the thinking rating and also the influenced rating. I make it a point not to read a review of a book I'm about to read because yes I don't want to end up getting influenced and when I write me review I write it before I read other reviews as well. I'm not worried about plagarizing because hey I don't do it. But we all do have to keep in mind that some of the same things might be said or might bother us. Afterwards I read reviews if I'm interested in knowing what my friends thought. But sometimes I never bother reading other reviews on a book I've read if I'm just not that interested in the book. Usually hat happens to me with 3 star reviews I only ever end up reading more reviews if I happen upon a friend's blog who also read it.

    I think influenced rating is a definite danger for me because I respect my friends opinions so much that I know I have to wait to hear them til I'm done so I don't get biased.

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    1. Oh no, plagiarizing is something I don't to, but I'm always afraid I might use some words because I picked them up in a review.

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  39. I definitely have to confess to going back to some older reviews and changing some ratings around. I don't know if I notice I rated a book highly and then happen to compare it to other books I've rated the same way - well if one doesn't measure up I'll adjust. Admittedly, I'm a bit anal on the whole thing and sometimes feel the need to be 'too' precise.

    And yes sometimes I do avoid reading reviews for books I am currently reading or plan to read in the very near future. My reasons behind it is because everyone has a different idea of what spoilers could be....and depending on the book sometimes I want to enter it as fresh as possible.

    And you're right: the more books I read, the more I feel I can compare and maybe sometimes adjust my ratings accordingly. I think we all change a bit as readers as the years go by and we read more books :) Really interesting discussion Mel ^^ xx

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    1. Haha, I know what you mean. I also like to be precise and keep things in check, so when I feel I have something that's not right. I need to change it.

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  40. I think I've done it once or twice, changing the rating of books I've read in Goodreads. Never in blog, because I do not have a rating system on my blog. It's just confusing when I have to explain that I both really like two books, for example, Divergent and These Broken Stars, but I really like those books with a different 'level' of likeness, you know? So in GR I gave them both 4 stars, but in the blog, I'll just write my opinions about the books (why, what aspects worked and didn't work for me) without any 'rating'. Interesting topic, Mel :)

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    1. Having no ratings on the blog is one of the positive sides :D And yes, I absolutely know what you mean! Sometimes I also enjoyed a book because it touched me personal, but it's not the same as enjoying a book you're fangirling over.

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  41. I go back and change ratings every now and then. Especially when I review a book and like you said think about everything I feel that I have to change it. I also think that I would change some of my older ratings. A LOT. :')

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  42. I used to read reviews of all books, even if I was planning on reading them. And then all the plagiarism stuff happened and I wondered if I was ever subconsciously being influenced by reviews, so now I skim them or just take note of the rating.

    I do sometimes go back and downgrade a rating because when I look back my feelings have changed or I was generous at the time but now feel like being a bit more stingy ;)

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  43. I have been wanting to do a discussion on ratings for a while because I have so many thoughts on the subject. Maybe one day I will actually sit down and write it.

    I haven't changed any ratings of mine (I don't think) but I kind of want to. This is primarily with my earlier ratings, when I just started reading YA, and had nothing to compare to. I also wasn't as critical back then and before I was blogging my ratings were just for my use really, I wasn't really influencing anyone at the time. I rated a lot of books higher than I probably would have today, and they just don't fit with my other 3, 4, of 5 star books. I'll probably go back and adjust at some point.

    Mood and Think reviews are a pretty good way to categorize it. I try to stay consistent but it's hard. I don't really have a good system. Like, I'll read a book that I had a ton of fun with and enjoyed, and maybe on an entertainment/enjoyment level I'd want to give it 5 stars because I did love it, but what if it didn't pack the feels, or the substance, or quality of some other 5 star reads - should I rate it lower? Ugh I don't know. Whenever I come across this I try to justify my rating in my review. Whether I am successful or not I don't know.

    Great discussion!

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    1. That would be interesting, rating is always a fun topic to talk about. We all think differently and I hope to make a new discussion around rating somewhere this year. Haha, yes, I had the same problems with a book lately. Enjoyment: 4, but the story overall.. meh.

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  44. Oh man, this is such a great discussion post! Okay, basically, if I wasn't so lazy and feeling like the slightest thing will kill me nowadays, I think I'd go ahead and weed through older ratings. Technically, it'd just be on Goodreads since I don't give stars on my blog (too much to consider and everything), but I'd be tempted to go through older reviews and change them (ugh, I don't even want to read my old writing *cringes*). But I'm glad I'm not the only one who does mood-rating and think-rating! Of course, I then look back and always think differently.

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  45. I find that I'm constantly analysing (that might not be the best word, oh well) and second-guessing myself, and with reviews and ratings it's no different. A lot of times, I feel that when I pick up a book for a re-read, it wasn't as good, or in some cases as bad, as what I thought the first time I read through. Especially as I read and review more books. Also, I find that I often compare books that I've given the same rating to. I never quite feel the same about those either, which is why I'm not a huge fan of using a rating system (though I use one anyway xD). But anyhow, the answer to your question is yes, I do have a lot of books that I love/hate more the second time through. But no, I don't go back and change my ratings/reviews. I'm much too lazy to do that xD

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    1. I have the idea that the rating system gives something 'touchable' for the readers of your blog. They can see in one glance what you thought about the book.

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  46. I've been thinking about ratings a lot lately. And I am sort of over them for my blog. I think I want to change to just say something short about whether or not I recommend it. For Goodreads though... I have found myself changing ratings. Mostly it's for book that have been read over a year ago. And mostly its me changing ratings from 4's to 5's. Because I'll be thinking of favorite books and I'll wind up looking up one of them and see that I only gave it 4 stars... and I'm like how can I say that's a favorite and not give it 5 stars??? Also I've lowered a few that have stuck in my mind as bad and I gave them 3 stars for some reason!?!? Like if 2 years later your book is still pissing me off, it should be a 1 star sorry!!! GREAT post!!

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    1. That is also a good way, instead of using a rating :)

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  47. I think changing ratings is very human. We grow as we get older, our opinions change as we go throughout life and with it our views on books. I've become a much more critical reviewer since I started blogging and my ratings back then certainly would not match the ratings I would give now. So I think it's perfectly okay to match your ratings with your mindset as of today. Great post idea! :)

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    1. Yes, that's precisely my opinion :) thanks Lindsey!

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  48. I've thought about doing this pretty often, though usually I never do it (except for when it's while writing the review). I know that the earlier ratings might not ring true anymore, but there was a time when I really did enjoy/disliked that book. So unless I reread the book and change my mind then, I'll usually just leave it as it is...

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