Let’s Talk Bookish: Changing book ratings and reviews

Hello, and happy Saturday! I have a three day weekend because of President’s Day, which is really nice, and I’m excited to have a little bit of a break from school. Anyways, this post is a day late, but I’m excited for this topic. I don’t have much else to say on this topic, so I’m going to get right into this week’s LTB post about changing book ratings and reviews!

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly discussion post created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and is hosted by Rukky and Dani @ A Literary Lion! This week’s topic changing book ratings & reviews (suggested by Nicole @ Thoughts Stained with Ink)

Do you ever change your rating/review for a book?

Sometimes! I’ve been blogging for about two and a half years now, and my taste in books have definitely change. I also think that I’ve become more critical in my ratings, and can also now explain my thoughts on books more eloquently. So sometimes, I will change my rating or review for a book.

When or why would you consider doing so?

There are a few reasons why I would. If I’m rereading a book, then my opinions on it might change, and I might want to adjust my review to my more current thoughts. Or, I might give a book a rating right when I first read it, and later on think about it more and decide to raise or lower the rating.

Do you think people should be allowed to change their ratings/reviews?

Definitely! There is no good reason why people wouldn’t be allowed to change their ratings and reviews. If people’s opinions change, then it makes sense for them to want to make sure those opinions are reflected in their reviews and book ratings.

Is it important to make it known what the previous rating/review was if you’re changing it?

It’s not necessary, I don’t think. It really just depends on what the reviewer wants to do; if they want to keep their previous rating/review, or change it. Like I talked about in a previous Let’s Talk Bookish post, bloggers don’t owe readers things like whole timelines of past opinions on books.

I know that I’ve changed my opinions on books, especially when I’m rereading. What I usually do, if I have multiple reviews from different times reading a book, I leave both reviews with the dates of them, in Goodreads or Storygraph.

Wrapping this up…

Bloggers and reviewers definitely can – and should – change their ratings and reviews of books, if they want to. They don’t owe their readers anything in terms of what they put out in the world for their ratings.

Do you reread a lot of books? What sorts of books do you like to reread? Chat with me in the comments below!

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