how to write quality book
How to Write Book Reviews
Write quality book reviews
If you think reviewing someone's work is a breeze, then think twice. It can be much the contrary!
Albeit fun, writing a review is a huge job. Readers rely on book reviews to pick out which book
that is prefect for them, and authors rely on reviews to build their credibility in the book world, and
of course to sell books. A novel with stacks of four and five star book reviews will pull in much
greater awareness than one lacking reviews or getting poor ones. Good book reviews are the
cornerstone within the author's credibility and a ticket to better and much greater exposure.
Regularly book reviews can persuade readers to purchase the book far more than compensated
advertising can as book reviews lean to be freely given and lacking prejudice, and, therefore,
bring much more weight.
A correctly written book review will be received the same as a well-written book. Bear in mind,
providing you are writing comments on someone else's masterpiece, comments which may
possibly well cover the stories editing, it will assist to offer a review from a comprehensible and
concise manner, free from lexical errors. Beyond all, the review ought to constitute significance to
the reader; after all he or she is seeking for a new and meaningful read and will often look
somewhere else providing the reviews are unsuccessful from their expectations.
A couple of points to keep in mind when writing your review:
a.A review does two things; it describes the novel and it appraises the story. It can be not a full
description of the story.
b.It's always better to review a genre you will connect with and will enjoy reading greater than
something foreign to you. Beginning with "this is just not actually my thing, but..." is pretty
negative, and struggling with something you are uncomfortable with, isn't really worth the
The rules of reviewing - Are there any rules!
There isn't a exact or wrong way to write a book review. Book reviews are a individual thing. Each
is the view of that particular reviewer, and as such written from an limited standpoint. There is,
still, a few typical elements that I would recommend, and you may wish to seriously consider,
before you start writing.
Read the novel from beginning to end (sounds stupid but a brief scan through won't cut the
mustard -you need to find the real feeling for the story). If the book you've chosen to review
turns out not to be as absorbing and entertaining as you thought it should, think yourself
committed, and see it through to the end nonetheless. Have a grasp of its contents. Write notes
if necessary - it will save time sorting through the story a another time for the finer details.
Alternatively, if a precise piece is out of the ordinary, or there's something you could prefer to
quote, mark that spot in your notes.
Consider the plot. Did you enjoy the plot? Did the book contain a plot! Did the plot go the way
you thought it would go, and if so, was it executed well and did it all seem to make sense? What
is too fleeting or too long, rapidly paced or dragged out? What is it decisive?
Consider the characters. Were they well-developed? Are they weak or powerful? Were they
likeable? Did you have a favourite character? Were the characters connected to the story? (Not
as strange as it sounds. Some characters have a habit of crawling into stories and have no
importance at all)
From whose prespective was the story written?
Did you love the story?
Did you dislike the story?
Was the story suitably edited?
Was the novel suitable to its intended readers?
Is the novel trying to convey a message?
should you read further from this author?
Assuming the book has now been read and you have done the above, it can be time to write it all
down. This is the creative part; the part where you could share your own writing abilities. Don't of
course get too creative, the reader is hunting for a rather honest evaluation, but one or two lively
observations can add to the review.
Writing the Review}
These things are usually not set in granite; these are simply suggestions.
Introduce the novel title, the author, the style and where the novel can be bought. Tell the
reader the price of the book in its various publications. (I.e. eBook, Hardback, Paperback). Write
a brief foreword, one sentence will work out, to capture the readers attention.
Make your book review thoughtful and engaging. And take into account, someone else's status
depends on it.
It isn't needed to supply a long, thorough synopsis. The author could have already done this at
the point of sale. Describe the inside in a few words, without spoilers, plus, as a general rule of
thumb, don't go further than the midpoint of the story with your description. And, number one
rule - by no means give away the ending. Providing the book is part of a series, it can be useful
to talk about this also, even if you haven't read any others.
Tell the reader what you think of the style of writing, the plot and the characters. Tell the reader
how much or how little you liked the novel and why. Add any other points you feel are valid and
could help the reader to decide whether or not he or she should like to read this book.
Present a brief summary of your thoughts. Include your point of view of the age range/type of
reader you believe it would be best suited to.
Rate the novel. This is usually, but not usually, on a one to five star basis.
What if I do not enjoy the book?
Providing your thoughts are genuinely unfavourable - be frank and say so. But do so in a
professional way. Sincerely try not to offend, and never ‘be personal'. You are empowered, so
state your opinions clearly, fairly, and try and ‘be nice' as the turn of phrase goes. This is not a
platform to offer insults. Always remember the author will, almost certainly, have put in everything
he or she has into writing this book - it can be most likely their ‘baby' and they want everyone else
to feel the same style about plot as they do. Years of work may be behind the publication and it is
worth appreciating this fact. Besides, we authors are a rare species and can tend to favor towards
the sensitive. Try not to be totally negative, but do not forget you have a responsibility to your
Bear in mind: Always be honest, impartial, and agreeable. By giving an author a book review, you
are giving the author a gift. Your book review could make someone very happy, but it can also
ruin their day, so pick out your words carefully. Who knows; once you start to post a few more
reviews, you may possibly even get some in return for your stories.
Some final words before you hit that ‘Publish' button:
Edit like crazy!! Check your spelling (use spellcheck, but bear in mind it is not infallible) and check
your grammar. Leave for a while before in the market through again. Make sure you are happy
with it, and then strike that publish button.
Congratulations! You have added ‘book reviews' to your growing list of abilities - another string to
your proverbial bow! Now you can proudly distribute with all your contacts, fans and followers
For myself, I have always found reviewing books to be a very satisfying experience and one I
highly recommend, and I sincerely hope you will also enjoy it just as much as I do. Have oodles
of fun with it, and I you wish tons of fortune writing 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:
Book-Spot.com: Amelia E. Curzon author