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How to write book reviews

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If you think reviewing someone else's work is easy, then think twice. It is much the reverse! Albeit fun, writing a book review is a major responsibility. Readers depend on reviews to pick out a novel that is prefect for them, and authors rely on reviews to promote their place in the literary community, plus of course to sell books. A novel with tons of four and five star reviews can pull in much greater interest than one either without reviews or getting bad book reviews. Book reviews are the foundation of the author's credibility and the path to better and more publicity. Often they can persuade readers to purchase the story far more than compensated advertising can as reviews tend to be given freely and with no prejudice, and, consequently, contain much added power.

<img src="" alt="writing book reviews" width="167px" height="120px"> A well-written review will be as well received as a well-written book. Remember, if you're commenting on someone's work, comments that may possibly cover the story's editing, it does assist to offer a book review in a fair and exact style, free from grammatical mistakes. Over all, the book review ought to be of importance to the reader; past all he or she is searching for a fresh and meaningful read and can often look somewhere else providing the reviews fall abruptly from their expectations.

Two points to have in mind when writing your book review: a. A book review does two items; it describes the book and it appraises the novel. It's not a complete description of the story. b. It is better to book review a style you can relate with and will enjoy reading greater than rather alien to you. Commencing with "this is not actually my thing, but..." is very negative, and struggling through something you're not comfortable with, is not really worth the effort.

The methods of reviewing - Are there any methods! There is no right or incorrect path to write a review. Reviews are a individual thing. Each is the view of that particular reviewer, and as such written from an exclusive position. There is, however, a few elements which I recommend, and you should consider, before you start writing your first story review.

  • • Read the story from cover to cover (sounds impractical but a brief skim through just won't cut the mustard -you need to catch a proper sense of the novel). If the story you have selected to review turns out not to be as enjoyable and appealing as you thought it should, think yourself committed, and see it through to the end nonetheless. Find a good grasp of its content. Take notes if needed - it will save time wading through a another time for the finer details. Alternatively, providing a particular piece is worthy of note, or you can find something you could enjoy quoting, mark that corner in the book.
  • • Think about the plot. Did you enjoy the plot? Did the book have a plot! Did the it go the way you thought it should become, and if so, was it executed well and did it all make sense? What is too short or too lengthy, fast paced or too slow? What is it decisive?
  • • Give thought to the characters. Were they well-developed? Are they weak or powerful? Were they likeable? Did you have a favourite character? Were the characters germane to the story? (Not as weird as it sounds. Some characters have a habit of crawling into stories and have no significance at all)
  • • From whose point of ?
  • • Did you like the book?
  • • Did you loathe the story?
  • • Was the novel appropriately edited?
  • • Was the story suited to its target readers?
  • • Is the book aiming to convey a message?
  • • could you read more from this author?

Assuming the book has now been read and you have done the above, it will be time to write it all down forming your first novel review. This is the imaginitive part; the bit where you could actually share your own writing proficiency. Do not of course become carried away, the reader is exploring for a rather honest evaluation, other than one or two spirited observations can add to the enjoyment of the book review.

Writing the Book Review} These points are usually not set in granite; they're simply suggestions.

  • • Introduce the book title, the author, the genre and where the book can be purchased. Tell the reader the cost of the novel in its various publications. (I.e. eBook, Hardback, Paperback). Write a short introduction, one sentence will work out, to hook the reader.
  • • Make your review thoughtful and engaging. And keep in mind, someone's popularity depends on it.
  • • It isn't necessary to give a long, thorough summary. The author may have already done that at the point of sale. Describe the inside briefly, without giving away the ending, and, as a general rule of thumb, don't go further than the center of the novel with your description. And, most important rule - by no means spoil the ending. If the novel is part of a series, it will be constructive to reference this as well, even if you have not read any of the others within the series.
  • • Tell the reader what you think about the creative nature of writing, the plot and the characters. Tell the reader how much or how little you liked the book and why. Incorporate any points you feel are important and should help the reader to choose whether or not he or she should like to read this book.
  • • Offer a pithy summary of your thoughts. Include your view of the age range/sort of reader you feel it would be best suited to.
  • • Rate the book. This is usually, but not at all times, on a one to five star basis. What if I don't enjoy the book?

Providing your thoughts are unfavourable - be straightforward and say so. But do so in a skilled way. Sincerely try not to offend, and never ‘get personal'. You're empowered, state your opinions clearly and fairly, and 'be nice' as the expression goes. This isn't a platform to offer insults. Remember the author will, most probably, have put in everything he or she has into writing this novel - it is probably their ‘precious baby' and they want everyone else to feel the same style about it as they do. Years of work may well be behind the publication and it is worth appreciating this fact. Besides, we authors are a rare species and can usually tend to lean on the sensitive. Try not to be completely negative, but do not forget you have a accountability to your readers.

Bear in mind: Be honest, be impartial and be agreeable . By giving the author a review, you are giving the author a gift. Your review could make someone very happy, but it could also destory their day, so select your words cautiously. And who knows; once you start to post a few reviews, you may possibly even get some in return for your stories.

Some final words before you click that ‘Publish' button: Edit like mad!! Check your spelling (use spellcheck, but bear in mind it isn't infallible) and check your grammar. Leave for a while before searching through again. Make sure you're fully satisfied with it, and then hit that publish button.

Fini! Congratulations! You've now added ‘[link anchor]' to your growing list of abilities - one more string to your proverbial bow! Now you can proudly reveal with all your contacts, fans and followers from

Personally, I've always found reviewing books to be a really worthwhile experience and one I highly recommend, and I hope you too will enjoy it just as much as I do. Have fun with it, and I you wish bucket-loads of fortune writing book reviews!

A children's author, blogger and book reviewer (mainly, but not exclusively) of children's books. I can be found in the following places: : author and book reviewer Facebook

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