When I review a book and give it a rating, I try to be as absolutely honest as I can. It doesn’t matter if the book was given to my as a gift from my favorite aunt, a cheap book I found at a used book store, an ARC I received for review, or something that I picked up at the bookstore. I don’t believe in blowing smoke just to win favor. I also try not to let other reader’s reviews influence my own opinions.
That being said, sometimes when I’m looking through my “read” shelf on Goodreads, I’ll see a rating and think to myself, “What was I thinking???” A little hindsight and distance from a book makes me reconsider why I rated one either high or low. Sometimes, if my current opinion of a book differs from my original rating, I’ll change it. But then, is that fair?
Maybe, my more honest feelings about a book occur directly after finishing a book when coming down off a book high. Maybe hindsight lends a more critical, and thus, harsher eye.
To other book bloggers, and anyone else who wants to weigh in, do you have a policy regarding ratings and reviews? Do you ever go back and change them? Why or why not?