Looking Back And Lowering My Goodreads Ratings- Is This Good Or Bad?
I was browsing my “read” shelves on Goodreads the other day, and noticed something: a lot of the books I read, I rated 4 stars.
Now this isn’t bad, because maybe I had read a lot of four star books then. But then I looked at the books I had given four stars, and realized: I didn’t enjoy this as much as I must have thought I did back then. Why had I given this four stars? This book deserves a three-or lower-star rating! What was my past self thinking, rating it highly?
Sure, this is good, I’m cleaning out my Goodreads shelves and giving them accurate ratings!
But isn’t this also slightly bad? Me in the past thought I liked this book enough to rate it highly, which means I must have enjoyed it, or thought I enjoyed it, then.
But my reading tastes AND my critiques have changed since then. I like to think that I’m a better reviewer now, with more of a sense for what I didn’t like.
I realized that it’s not only that my tastes have changed, it’s that I just didn’t like this book as much as I thought I did, and rated it higher than it deserved. I think this used to happen to me with hyped, popular books especially: subconsiously, I didn’t want to be the black sheep and gave it a higher rating than I should have.
The book that REALLY made me think about this whole topic was Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. This book took the community by storm last year, earning very high ratings and lots of hype. The second book, which came out in the beginnng of 2016, was on many people’s most anticipated lists.
But me? I originally rated it four stars, but now, looking back, it should have gotten lower. I just didn’t enjoy this book! I realized that I should have given it more like a two star rating, I had so many issues with it. So, I lowered the rating.
I changed it because that’s what I think now, but PastAva must have enjoyed it, or thought she did! Should I not have lowered the rating?
It’s kind of a conflict!
I think I used to be a pretty easygoing, relaxed rater, by which I mean I didn’t critique a book as much as I should and gave it a higher rating than it should have gotten.
By changing the rating now, I’m giving it the rating it deserved because I have realized I actually didn’t think it was that good when I read it. OR, I’m lowering it because my tastes have changed since the time I originally rated it, and again, I’ve realized that now I don’t like it as much.
But should I lower it? Or should I leave it at the rating I originally gave it?
This post feels a bit rambly, but I hope I got my point across. 🙂
Have you ever realized you didn’t like a book as much as you thought you did? Did you-from-the-past have different tastes than you now? Do you think changing past ratings is good or bad?