Steps for writing a good book review
Posted 21 October 2005 - 08:27 PM
Steps for Writing a Good Book Review
* Introduce the subject, scope, and type of book
* Identify the book by author, title, and sometimes publishing information.
* Specify the type of book (for example, fiction, nonfiction, biography, autobiography). Help your readers to review with perspective.
* Mention the book's theme.
* Sometimes you will need to include background to enable reader(s) to place the book into a specific context. For example, you might want to describe the general problem the book addresses or earlier work the author or others have done.
Briefly summarize the content
* For a nonfiction book, provide an overview, including paraphrases and quotations, of the book's thesis and primary supporting points.
* For a work of fiction, briefly review the story line for readers, being careful not to give away anything that would lessen the suspense for readers.
Provide your reactions to the book
* Describe the book: Is it interesting, memorable, entertaining, instructive? Why?
* Respond to the author's opinions: What do you agree with? And why? What do you disagree with? And why?
* Explore issues the book raises: What possibilities does the book suggest? Explain. What matters does the book leave out? Explain.
* Relate your argument to other books or authors: Support your argument for or against the author's opinions by bringing in other authors you agree with.
* Relate the book to larger issues: How did the book affect you? How have your opinions about the topic changed? How is the book related to your own course or personal agenda.
Conclude by summarizing your ideas
* Close with a direct comment on the book, and tie together issues raised in the review. Briefly restate your main points and your thesis statement if your teacher requires it. If you like, you can offer advice for potential readers.
Posted 25 October 2005 - 12:27 AM
I just posted a review and I wish I had read this first. I'm cutting and pasting this for next time.
Posted 26 October 2005 - 05:16 PM
Glad you liked it - there are loads of various guides online, but I rather liked the simplicity of this one.
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Posted 18 May 2008 - 03:18 PM
Just say it then Blossom, nobody minds;)
I'm useless at reviewing books, which is a shame, as there is often a lot I'd like to say about them...
Posted 18 May 2008 - 04:02 PM
Posted 19 May 2008 - 02:49 PM
I will be printing the guidlenes of because when I write a review I find it difficult to find the words to describe. Many for all the info Kell
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Posted 20 August 2009 - 10:55 PM
I wouldn't think that's such a risk on a forum such as this to be honest reviews that are too short usually put me off more than ones which are too long, they don't say much ergo don't help me make up my mind whether I should read book x or not... which IMHO is what a review should do. If it doesn't, it's a comment.
The only problem from my point of view is that using this my reviews could get on the long side which might bore people - more than 5 lines and some people wont read....
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