Let’s Talk Bookish: Changing Book Ratings/Reviews

This was actually the prompt on 18 February and I wrote the post but apparently, I was too emotionally compromised by my current read at the time that I didn’t realise I never scheduled it to post… Oops! ๐Ÿ˜‚ I wasn’t entirely feeling this week’s topic and didn’t want to waste this post that I’d already written, so up this one goes now!

Letโ€™s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, hosted by Rukky @Eternity Books  & Dani @ Literary Lion, where we get to discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each otherโ€™s posts! You can check out these pages for February 2022 prompts & a full list of the past prompts!

Now without further ado… The topic asks us about:


Prompts:ย Do you ever change your rating/review for a book? When or why would you consider doing so? Do you think people should be allowed to change their ratings/reviews? Is it important to make it known what the previous rating/review was if youโ€™re changing it?


I have changed ratings several times but it’s usually only a minor change. For example, instead of 3.5 stars rounded down sometimes, I’ll end up rounding it up or vice versa. I can only recall making a drastic rating change (went from 3 stars to 1.5 stars) once and I don’t even know why I even rated it ‘well’ in the first place cos after re-reading my review I could tell I didn’t enjoy it at all! ๐Ÿ˜‚ When it comes to reviews, I don’t actually recall changing one in a big way.


My main reason for changing a rating is usually because I’ve had time for my thoughts and feelings about a book to sit for a while. I tend to immediately rate and review a book, so it’s usually based on the initial “high” of finishing a read and more often than not (at least these days) I find that my feelings for the book change after some time has passed.

As for changing a review, I would only change something if I re-read my review and it sounded weird (or even incomplete) or if I feel I’ve missed a point or two that I think would be important to include. I think I would also change my review for a book if I learn that a book or author is harmful or problematic and I don’t want to show my support for it (just as I recently found out with a romance author whose books I loved last year).


Yes, of course, absolutely! Why not? How we feel about and perceive things changes all the time and that obviously also applies to what we read. I mean, maybe we decide to re-read a book that we’ve previously loved only to find our feelings have changed, so why shouldn’t we then change our rating? I think this is especially the case if you come to realise or someone points out that the books’ content or the author is harmful or problematic.


I wouldn’t say it’s always *important* to make it known that a rating or review has changed unless, as I mentioned above, the book or author was problematic. Even though I know it isn’t possible all the time, I know I’d definitely want to have that information before I decide to read a book, so I’d do the same for others. That said, if I make a rating change (i.e. from 3 to 4 stars) I don’t generally make a comment unless I really want people to know why. For example, when I changed my rating for Normal People by Sally Rooney from a 4 to 5-star rating I did write a note because of how much the book stuck with me over time!

How do you feel about changing ratings/reviews? Have you ever done it and what pushes you to do it? Do you make note when you change it?

30 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: Changing Book Ratings/Reviews

    • Yes, this totally makes sense! A lot of the time I realise I want to make changes to ratings when I’m writing my Wednesday post and recapping the books I’ve read over the past week. Almost 90% of the time I end up changing at least one or two book ratings ๐Ÿ˜‚


  1. I do change it by usually a half or so after dwelling on it after my initial rating, lol. Sometimes it takes a bit for me to fully pick what it should be at. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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    • I totally get that! Some books are too difficult to settle on a rating for so quickly ๐Ÿ˜‚ When this happens I usually go with the lower rating that I have in mind and it almost always ends up changing to a higher rating, at least by a half star! Lol

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  2. I completely get coming off a high from reading a book and then potentially rating it differently/better than you would if you had more time to think. I have to say that I don’t think I routinely change ratings. I definitely look at some of the stuff I rated in 2014 and think “huh, probably would feel differently about it now”, but I don’t really reread and think it’s a valid reflection of my thoughts when I was younger.
    This was a great post to read!

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    • Thank you! I’m not much of a re-reader myself but I’m hoping to do a few re-reads this year for some of my earlier 5-star reads from before I started blogging. It’d definitely be interesting to see if the ratings hold! ๐Ÿ˜‚ I never used to routinely change ratings but I also feel like before I started book blogging I used to have a lot of 5-star reads and now that’s much rarer. I tend to also ponder longer on books I’ve just read compared to before and maybe that’s why I find myself changing ratings more often.

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  3. I have changed ratings as I wrote the full reviews. Many times the ratings got higher because I found the book really stirred more in me than I originally realized. I don’t think I have every downgraded a book though.

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  4. There is a review I’ve been meaning to change for awhile now because re-reading it definitely changed my mind – like you said, I had the high of reading it the first time around because I was so hyped about it. But the second reading I was like nope, yeah…it’s definitely not a 5 star read lol. ๐Ÿ˜† Great discussion post!

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    • Ooh, now I’m curious about which book you’d change the rating for! Is that spilling tea? ๐Ÿ˜‚ I don’t do a lot of re-reads but I’m wondering how differently I’d feel about my 5-star reads from before book blogging and how I’d feel about them now!

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      • lol… not too much tea spilling, it’s a book I read a few years ago, I think when I started blogging and when I still had time to re-read. I probably gave it 5 stars for the romance part but the whole story took off in a crazy direction.

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  5. Great topic, and I loved reading your thoughts on it, Dini! I rarely change my ratings but it has been known to happen, often a while later where I add/take away half a star if I feel like I’ve been slightly too harsh or generous.

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    • Thanks, Stephen! I’ve been really enjoying reading peoples’ comments about this. Do you tend to rate/review a book immediately after you read it or do you take time to process the read before doing so? I find it kinda funny how since I started reviewing books I find myself changing ratings more often (usually while writing the reviews) compared to before!

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      • You’re welcome, Dini! I actually consider my rating while I am reading the book, so it can fluctuate depending on how the story goes! I start writing my review about a week later, which is where I process my thoughts in a more coherent way ๐Ÿ˜‰


  6. I sometimes do too for the same reasons but my change like most of yours is only a half to one full star. I find my ratings are more accurate to how I actually felt about it if I have time to process and reflect.

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    • Yes, I think that’s definitely the case. I tend to rate/review immediately after finishing a read for memory reasons ๐Ÿ˜‚ But if I take the time to think about a book for longer (like when I’m writing my WWW Wednesday posts!) I find I’m more often than not likely to change at least one or two ratings!

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  7. Well I’ve definitely written multiple reviews of the same book because I’ve forgotten I’ve reviewed it before, does that count? ๐Ÿ˜›

    Personally got no problems with changing reviews/ratings, aim is to provide the most accurate picture on a book after all.

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  8. Normal People is a good example for this topic! When I first finished it, I had mixed feelings, but it is definitely a book that has stuck with me, and my memories of it are more fond than when I immediately set it down. That’s a unique occurrence. I will sometimes change ratings within a series, if I end up liking the latest book more or less than the previous, but usually only half or one star. ๐Ÿ™‚


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