Many book reviews sites have a rating system which is usually on a scale of 1 – 5, (be it numbers, ticks, stars, or thumbs up etc) as a shorthand for followers as to what they thought of a particular book. Here is an example of some, with a definition of how they class each rating:
I go through phases of doing ratings for books, and at the moment I am currently not doing any.
However, when reading previous reviews that do have ratings on them, sometimes I will amend the rating, or remove it all together. This is often as a result of having having the time to mull over a book – sometimes months or even years later. If I’ve given a 5* review to a book that I cant even remember reading a few months later – then how good was the book (and therefore how valid the rating)? I might have loved it at the time, but did it warrant such a rating if it didn’t stay with me?
This is why I’m concentrating on the actual review – writing what I thought about the book at the time without leaving a rating. I have a set of default questions that I have gathered over time that I use when I’m writing a review in order to make sure I cover things more in depth. I hope therefore that anyone reading the review can make up their own mind about whether they want to read the book, and the rating is therefore irrelevant.
Do you change the ratings on your older reviews?