I’m not gonna hide the fact that this has happened to me. I’ll like (or dislike) a book right after I read it and rate it high (or low) on Goodreads. But then. Then I consider it more, maybe read a few reviews that oppose my initial take on the book. And slowly but surely, my opinion begins to change. I rush back to Goodreads and quickly change my rating (hopefully before anyone sees I initially rated it something else)! Phew! That was close!
This has happened to me on several occasions, but I’ll give you two main examples.
The first example is of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. When I first read it, it wasn’t my favorite. I rated it maybe a 2.5, 3 stars out of 5. But slowly (and I mean, like, over months) I found myself changing my mind. As I read more contemporary books and compared them to Fangirl, I found myself realizing that Fangirl was actually really good. More than that, other people’s love and enthusiasm for the book seeped into me. If I went back and reread Fangirl today, I think it would probably get a 3.5 or 4 stars from me. It even ended up on my favorite books of 2015 list!
My second example is of A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. When I first read this book I was *in love* with it! I raved about it! It was incredible in my eyes! Immediate 5 stars! But over the following months, as the hype died down, I began to see more and more negative reviews for the book. The final nail in the coffin was probably Marines’s (from My Name Is Marines over on YouTube) review of ACOTAR. She made some really good points against ACOTAR. Now I don’t hate the book, but it’s no longer a book I’d rave about. If I read it today, I’s probably give it a 3 out of 5 stars.
So you can see, even I’m not free of rating changes (though usually they occur over months versus hours). Why does this happen? I think it’s a product of being a rational human being, honestly. Being reasonable means being flexible and being flexible means being willing to change your opinions if an opposing argument is sufficiently compelling.