Let’s talk about hindsight, time and comparison can skew our perspective on books we read in the past.
Discuss: Reviewer’s Regret or Changing Your Mind About Books You Rated Awhile Ago
Has this ever happened to you? Maybe you’re scrolling through Goodreads or Amazon and you see a rating of a book you read months or years ago. And you think to yourself, wait…I like this more/less than I did then. What happened?
For me, this tends to happen at the end of the year, when I’m looking back at Stats page. I stare at my ratings and am sometimes baffled that I wasn’t harsher or more forgiving. Or this happens because I was in a weird mood when I read the book, or read a better/worse book afterward that offered more direct comparison.
Is it just me? Or have you changed the rating of a book you read in the past? Why prompted you to change your mind?
I don’t offer star ratings on book reviews on the blog for that reason. I’d be updating old posts all the time. Plus, I honestly feel like reviews come down to one thing – do I recommend it or not?
Some books I’ve changed my rating on:
- Lovely Vicious – I had originally given this book 2 stars then reduced it to 1 after careful consideration. It was really that bad.
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower – I re-read it recently, and loved it even more than the first time. It got bumped UP.
- Suspicion – Brought down from 3 to 2 stars. Again, realizing how much I wasn’t impressed.
So, am I alone in this madness? Have you gotten soft in your old age or meaner (like me)?