Picture it: You just finished a book that you really enjoyed reading, you’ve clicked the “I’m Finished!” button on Goodreads and you get to share your rating with the world at last.
YOU MUST ALL READ THIS BOOK!!!!
OMG IT IS LIFE CHANGING!!
I. AM. IN. TEARS. #SHOOK
(Side note, I think I’m too old to attempt to use #shook… *shrugs*)
And then, a few months later (and a few 5 stars later)…the second-guessing begins to set in. Yes, you really enjoyed …..but it doesn’t even hold a candle to (insert true 5 star review here). Do I feel guilty for my initial opinions? NO. Do I wish I could change my review? Absolutely.
Sometimes, you get swept up in the initial emotions of rating a book. The twist captivated you, the love story swept you up, the novel evoked *all the feels.* Even though your first reaction was 5 stars, that doesn’t mean you continued to feel that way after the fact. And that’s 100% okay.
Because that’s the thing about reading: the book sticks with you much longer than you are between the spines. For better or worse, once you put that book down, your feelings will continue. Sometimes, once the shock-factor of the epic twist wears off, I’m left wanting more. Or maybe, the more I think about it, the relationship between the protagonists is kind of problematic, not romantic.
Similarly, I’ve had moments where I up-rated a book after the fact. Honestly, right when I closed the covers, I was confused, annoyed even. Then, hours/days/months down the road, I realized just how much this book had stuck with me. Even though I had initially rated it low, I kept telling my friends they HAD TO GET THEIR HANDS ON A COPY ASAP!!!! It was challenging, thought provoking, and just plain captivating. Obviously, my initial review didn’t satisfy my true feelings for the book, and it was my responsibility to give the correct opinions.
One important thing to note: after-the-fact revisions should be a very personal thing. Don’t pretend to love something that you don’t just because your friends gave it 5 stars… and don’t pretend to hate something because your favorite reviewer gives it the big thumbs down.
Moral of the story? If you decides to revise your review, YOU DO YOU BABY BOO. Like I said before, this is a truly personal experience. Your review is, shockingly YOUR REVIEW. If something didn’t settle the way that you expected, it’s your prerogative to change your mind. It’s our obligation to make sure that the right readers decide to pick up a book. Honestly, if you lie about your thoughts, no one (author, reader, publisher, or you) is going to win.
Snugs and kisses from us and our Shih Tzus,