Top 5 Tuesday #51: Books I’d Rerate

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm, and now hosted by Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

This week’s topic:

Top 5 books I want to rerate

(Are there books out there that you loved the first time you read them but now not so much? Or maybe it’s the opposite and you didn’t enjoy a book the first time you read it, but later on you changed your mind?)

I’m pretty set on the ratings I give books. Well, to be more accurate, I’m pretty set on the ratings I give books once I’ve posted a review of them. I rate the books I read on Goodreads as soon as I complete them. But sometimes, once I start reflecting on the book to draft my review, I’ll end up changing the rating I initially gave it. This often happens with comics and picture books since they are short and I’ll read them quickly without giving them the time they deserve. That’s why I often read those a second time before starting on my review and finalizing my rating of them.

With full-length books, I sometimes have difficulty rating them if I enjoyed what I read (was interested or entertained by it) but noticed certain flaws in the plot/structure. I’ll then get stuck trying to decide whether to rate it based on quality or my enjoyment, and most often lean toward rating based on my enjoyment since I read to be entertained (but I’ll mention flaws I noticed in my review and add a statement about my rating).

So I said all that to explain why I only have 3 books here: There aren’t many books I’d like to rerate because I’ve already made up my mind about them.

Gilded Cage by Vic James

It’s YA fantasy set in present-day U.K. where those who have magic abilities enslave those who don’t. I was hooked despite my annoyance with much of the story, so I ended up rating it 2 stars. However, I sometimes think I was a bit hard on it, especially in my review. Maybe I’d bump it up to 3 stars…? Or maybe not. I was very annoyed by it.

Carrie by Stephen King

I… didn’t like Carrie. It’s Stephen King’s first novel and is about a girl who’s bullied at school who realizes that she has supernatural powers. I enjoy watching the movie adaptations of this story, but I did not like the novel much and was often bored while reading. I ended up giving it 3 stars, but I’d probably drop it to 2 stars if I should rerate it.

Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

I wish the first time I encountered this book was as a kid. Instead, I first read it as an adult and it was at a time that I didn’t have much patience for it, so it wasn’t appealing to me although I noticed that it’s charming and entertaining and quite genius. I’d love to revisit this story, and I intend to reread it one day. I think I’ll end up bumping it up star rating, from a 3 to a 4, if I should do so.


Have you read these? If so, what were your ratings for them?
And are there any books you’d rerate?

10 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday #51: Books I’d Rerate

  1. The Gilded Cage is one that I’ve seen do the rounds. The premise looked interesting, but it wasn’t one that screamed “you need to read this” at me. I think I made the right call?!! 😂

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  2. I don’t change ratings often. Sometimes I try to be too polite so I’ll give a book an extra star only later to realize I keep thinking about how much I didn’t enjoy it, so it should be lowered. Other times a book hits me at just the right time for me to thoroughly enjoy it, at least at that time. Perhaps it was just a different genre and a moment of freshness for me. But later I realize I’m not quite as excited about it as I initially was, it just hit me at the right time, so perhaps I’d now rate it just a bit lower. It is interesting considering these things from time to time.

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    1. It is interesting. It’s also interesting how much the rating has become part of our reading process because of Goodreads and, possibly, blogging. I might do a post on that topic.

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  3. I haven’t read any of these yet. My problem often comes with the nostalgia of a book making me want to rate it one level, while the re-read is telling me it’s actually another.

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