'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 take a look at my ratings and 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 rate. There are two types of rating I use, depending on the book:
-Mood-rating. At that time, I’m blown away by the book and I give it a high rating. I write a review with all the positive and negative sides and I publish or save it. Later, when I really think about the book I find out that I didn’t love it THAT much. This always happen for books I loved at that time, I rarely change my mind about books I hated or the 5 and 5+. My favorites always stay my favorites.
-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? All these questions end up with the rating and this is a stable one. I don’t think I’ve ever changed these.
And 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, so I go ahead and change it. I’ve noticed that most of these changes happen in the 3.5 and 4.5 ratings, where I lower them to 3 and 4 flowers.
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), but I think it’s only fair to other books too. I don't change the ratings on Goodreads though. 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?