Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d give different ratings to

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is “books I’d give different titles to,” which honestly I think is a little bit mean? Personally, I’d never be able to give a book a catchy title (and I’m way too indecisive), so I give authors a lot of credit for coming up with book titles.

Instead, I’m going with books I’d give different ratings to. My tastes have changed a lot over the years, and there are plenty of books that I used to hate that I think I’d probably like more now, and plenty of books that I liked (or even loved) when I read them that I definitely would not enjoy anymore.

I did a post like this a few months ago, but here are ten more!

Subtle Bodies

original (2013) rating: ★★☆☆☆

For some reason, I used to be really hesitant to give books the one-star ratings they deserved. This book is definitely one of those. I hated this book. It was so bad. It was just a bunch of rich white men complaining about their lives.

The Biology of Luck

original (2014) rating: ★★☆☆☆

Another such book: The Biology of Luck. This book was awful, okay. Awful. In my review, I said, “I absolutely hated it, with a fiery burning passion, while I was reading it.” I also said that the ending was some nonsense. Definite one-star territory if I ever saw it.

Ruthless People

original (2014) rating: ★★★☆☆

To quote myself, “The writing is, in a word, awful.” Why did I give it three stars??

Red Rising

original (2014) rating: ★★★★★

Okay, so I don’t think I’d necessarily hate this book if I read it now, but I’m pretty sure that it wouldn’t be five stars. First of all, I just don’t love dystopian novels anymore, and second of all, I’m much pickier about writing style than I used to be.

Addicted to You

original (2015) rating: ★★★☆☆

Looking back, I think I gave this book three stars because I didn’t really know what to make of it. It’s difficult to read because it deals with two really self-destructive characters who constantly make terrible decisions. I’ve come to really like these characters, understand their motivations, and root for them to better themselves. I’d definitely rate it higher now.

More Happy Than Not

original (2016) rating: ★★★☆☆

With More Happy Than Not, I think my rating had more to do with how much I wanted to like it than how much I actually liked it. I do not have fond memories of reading this book. I didn’t enjoy it much at all and my rating would definitely be lower now.

Listen To Your Heart

original (2018) rating: ★★☆☆☆

As someone who really loves cute, fluffy romances, this rating is definitely an anomaly for me. Kasie West writes super cute, super fluffy romances and I honestly think that one of the biggest reasons that I didn’t love this book is everything that was going on in my personal life when I was reading it.


original (2018) rating: ★★☆☆☆

Another book that I was possibly not fair to is Warcross. This is another one I read during that same very stressful time in my life, and looking back, I don’t think I liked much of anything that I read then.

Bring Me Their Hearts

original (2018) rating: ★★★☆☆

I was actually just talking about this one this morning! I have no idea why I gave it three stars because tHe iNTernAL vOicE annoyed the heck out of me when I read it.

The Mental Load

original (2019) rating: ★★★☆☆

I think that this rating was mostly because I thought I’d be getting something different than I actually got. If I went into this with a clearer head, I probably would have rated it higher.

Did you do your own Top Ten Tuesday post today? Feel free to leave your link in the comments and I’ll check it out! Are there any books you’d give different ratings to? Let’s talk in the comments!

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10 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d give different ratings to

  1. A. Perveen says:

    Hey, nice post. I so completely understand about the one-star rating. I’m new to the reviewing world but a one-star always leaves a burn in my stomach. Also, coincidentally, I’ve been thinking about doing a similar post like yours because I’ve spent the past week doing re-reads of old books I liked and some that I even disliked. It’s curious how your tastes and preferences change with time. To say I surprised myself this week would be an understatement. I was planning to re-read of an all time fav fantasy series before the TV series comes out but given the way my reviews have changed this week, I’m kinda nervous to get back into it. Don’t wanna ruin an old classic for myself! Oh, the problems of being a bookworm…

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  2. Diana says:

    Great post! I really like these kinds of posts where people compare their opinions on books through time. It is definitely interesting to see how they changed and why. I noticed that I rate books differently depending how much time passed after I read any book. I think a person definitely has a stronger emotional reaction to a book when he or she has just finished it.

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