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How to Write Book Reviews

In the lives of most authors, writers and even bloggers, books are their life and their soul. If it were not for books, life would possibly not seem feasible. Furthermore, out of every two people who read blogs or material on websites, one of them would be likely to feel deprived if they did not have a book at the ready – either a book they are currently reading or one to look forward to digging into. So, to change the cycle, why not consider writing a review of a book you recently read and give your readers the opportunity to learn.

Perhaps you are not sure what is involved in writing book reviews? If so, you need not worry. Below are ten great tips that should help you on your way!

Our 10 Top Tips

  1. Read the book you intend to review thoroughly

It is not possible to practice as a medical doctor without acquiring the necessary qualifications. Likewise, it is essential for a book reviewer to know their subject well before they start writing and/or sharing information on the subject matter.

  1. Collect as much information as you can about the book

You might think you know a great deal about a specific book you consider important. However, it is best to gather more information about it from other reviews that have been written on it (possibly reviews you find online) or from sources like Wikipedia. This additional information could turn out to be invaluable. 

  1. Write a rough first draft

Begin by writing a rough or basic outline about the book’s plot, any flaws you perceive it to have, or any other elements you think are worth writing about.  It is only after this that you should start to think about editing your work and adding more information to it.

  1. Aim for uniqueness

When you are writing a review of a given book, it is essential your reader does not end up reading someone else’s review of it. Reviewers frequently take the easy way out and simply copy the review or information from the book’s back cover and cleverly present it as if they had written it themselves!

  1. Be careful not to reveal the book’s entire plot

You might notice that some writers seem to enjoy revealing a book’s plot and all its secrets (this happens mostly with fictional works – novels, short stories, and so on). Some people will describe how their enjoyment of a much-anticipated book was spoiled because other readers had revealed most of that book’s secrets over the Internet. So do bear in mind how exciting the experience of reading a book is and how important anticipation is and avoid the temptation to reveal the entire plot. Instead, just reveal the amount you feel you would benefit from knowing if you were to read a review of a particular book.   

  1. Enhance your review by adding your own view

The primary purpose of review writing is sharing your views about a book with your readers. Therefore, you should mention all the book’s good and bad points and any possible improvements you feel would have been beneficial.  

  1. Do not forget the book’s author

No doubt you have read book reviews that mentioned everything about the book including its plot. Unfortunately, however, the review writer neglected to say anything about the book’s author. Make sure you criticize or credit the author as you see fit. Above all, make sure you do not neglect mentioning him or her altogether. The author, after all, is the person responsible for creating the book and they should certainly not be denied some credit!

  1. Consider the audience - Aim your review appropriately

If, for example, your reviews concerns a Harry Potter book, it would not be appropriate to post this on a platform that primary deals with technical material. However, it might be helpful if you mentioned the book in such a post or pointed to your review of it. But, generally, it is best not to stray from a site’s normal content merely to fill it up!

  1. Use good judgment

It is important to offer a final opinion concerning your view of the book’s worthiness – do you believe readers of your review should or should not spend their money on a particular book? In the event you believe they should not, you should convey this opinion in suitable words.  

  1. Give the book a rating

Some reviewers do not give ratings while others think it is important to do so. If it is the case you like writing book or other types of reviews, it is a very good idea to give the book a rating using, for example, a scale ranging from five to ten. This has the potential to give your readers a clearer view of your views!