Thursday, November 20, 2014

In Which I Reconsider Book Ratings 2.0

Last year I did a post about reconsidering book ratings. I often have to get reviews up so quickly that I don't know if I will remember a book after a couple months. I may have rated a novel 4 stars when it was really a 5. Or a book I read during a blog tour and thought was a 3 was really more of a 2. So once a year I've decided to reconsider books ratings and today is that day!
Moving up to 5 Stars Status
I've recommended this book to so many people. It is witty, smartly written, and felt so real. I'm not even sure why I originally gave it 4 stars, it is definitely a 5! If it's not on your TBR list add it now!

The only reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 was because of length. It was short and I wanted more. But isn't that what books are supposed to do, leave you wanting more? I could have just curled up in this world White created and stayed a while. I think that is reason enough to give it 5 stars!
Moving up from 3 to 4 Stars
I rated this 3 stars because I actually wish it had been told chronological order. Now, with some distance, I can safely say the writing alone demands 4 stars.
Moving Down from 4 to 3 Stars
At the beginning of my review I said there are a lot of reasons Avalon and I shouldn't have clicked (space stuff, undefined characters, too much action etc.) and now I'm remembering all those reasons. I think I was being a little heavy handed giving this 4 stars, it was more of a 3, especially since I don't have any desire to read the sequel.
Moving Down from 3 to 2 Stars
This book was entirely set up for the next book in this dulogoy and now that Strange Chemistry is defunct I'm not sure it will ever be finished *Sigh*. I do so love The Assassin's Curse series by the same author though!
In Summary
This has become one of my favorite posts of the year. I have truly been looking forward to it! This frees me up to change ratings, which I find really helpful on blogs and goodreads, but have trouble sticking to.

Let me know in the comments

  • Do you ever go back and change ratings?
  • Do you find ratings helpful on blogs/goodreads?


  1. I really like this post, It's very interesting. I've often thought my ratings on books and I just cringe because I wasn't being "honest" about the book. Ratings are a bit iffy though since everyone has their own opiinion and rating system. What you think is a four, may only be a three to someone else. A book that someone didn't particularly like may be rated three stars, while the writing and characters are good that you later believe it should be four. It's all very technical. ;)

    1. I haven't ever gone back and changed ratings.
    2. I do like ratings and find them helpful.

  2. I will go back and change ratings occasionally. Usually it is because I was too harsh at first. But when I find myself thinking about a book again and again, I realize that it did affect me more than I thought, and that to me makes it a higher rating. Great idea for a post!

  3. I usually don't go back and change a review, but I like that you actually marinate on a book long after the review is written! :)
    Amber Elise @ Du Livre

  4. Great idea for a post! I know that as time goes on my tastes change and I'll look back on an earlier review and sort of cringe. I tend to rate higher and then become more critical :-(

  5. Oh, what an interesting idea. I have occasionally changed ratings, tho usually only after a re-read and a drastic change of heart. But yeah, I definitely find star ratings helpful -- it's easier to remember something like, "Oh, this book got a bunch of 4-5 stars from my fav blogs" rather than "Well, I think so-n-so said they liked it, but maybe such-n-such wasn't as enthusiastic..." if that makes sense.