How to Write a Book Review

Nayreth Garcia

Nayreth Garcia

Content Writer At Gradehacker

If you’ve ever had a passion for reading and wanted to share your thoughts on a book, or maybe your professor asked you to summarize one, writing book reviews is the perfect way to do so. With that said, it can be tricky knowing where to start or how to approach it if you’ve never written one before. In this blog, we’ll give you some tips on how to write a book review.

Not only does it help other people decide what to read, but that’s also why choosing what to write in your review is an important decision. Sometimes this can be difficult because there are so many different ways to talk about a book.

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What is a Book Review?

The primary purpose of a book review is to tell a reader, whether in print or online, what you think about a book. Book reviews often explain how the book is different from the writer or author who wrote it, why it is important to read it, or what the reader should do if they want to read it. 

A review intends to guide the reader to understand better what the book is about, the characters, and the type of writing. Reviewers want to create a better reading experience for those interested to read the book.

What do book reviews look like? Well, like all forms of writing, they are all different. 

Examples Of Book Reviews

Literary Fiction Book Review:

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/ralph-ellison/invisible-man/

Non-fiction Book Review:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2559518667?book_show_action=true&from_review_page=1

Why Write A Book Review?

There are many reasons to write book reviews. Based on academics, your professor can analyze your level of interpretation and how you communicate your ideas. 

In another order of ideas, they’re generally an excellent way to engage readers who would love to share their opinions about the books they read as a hobby. Some reviewers read books for leisure, and others write book reviews as a way to earn money. So, the better reviews you write, the more you’ll improve your writing skills and learn about authors, writing styles, and more. 

Most people, especially writers, will be interested in a particular author or set of authors but don’t have the time or ability to read every book that hits the shelves. So, book reviews are a good way to give them the opportunity to select the one that causes more impact instead of just picking one book randomly.

What should I Include In My Review?

The first thing you’re probably wondering is what exactly to include in your review? And while there’s no “right” answer (as in, every book review will be different because every book is different and every reviewer has their own personal tastes), here are some tips that can help give you some direction: 

If you’re writing a book review for a class, your professor may have additional guidelines to include.

Now, some of these points are arbitrary. But these are some basic guidelines that can help you create a review that makes sense. What should I avoid? Before you can write a good review, you have to avoid a few things:

Writing The Review

To write a review, you first need to figure out what you’d like to write about and which book you’d like to review. It’s good to do what you enjoy, so make sure you don’t write about books that a specific group of people liked but did not interest you. Make sure you’re writing about a genre of your interest and what other reviewers call out as the best in the genre. 

One thing that could help you with your review is to give readers a hint of the book by comparing other famous-known titles or authors and mentioning what type of audience will love or hate it.

Add A Catchy Introduction

Your review’s opening line sets the tone for your piece. It doesn’t matter if  your review starts with the story of a person, their struggle or their path to getting better. It’s also important to name your genre and type of book. Without this, your review will likely get overlooked.

Create a hook your readers need to be able to understand what the problem is and why you want to share it with them. For example: Not enough people are talking about this amazing non-fiction book that has just hit number one on sales!

Give Your Opinion Of The Book And Mention The Important Parts

This is perhaps the most important part of the review, as it lets people know what you liked and disliked about the book. Give your honest opinion and try not to offer comments based on prior expectations. For example: “In my example above, I mentioned that I felt the story started with a bang and went downhill from there.” This could result in more questions than initially thought. 

The only way to get potential reader’s attention is to write an opinion of the story they will actually read and engage with. Balanced opinions are key. See it as an opportunity for you to introduce an analytical discussion of the book so the readers can get a clear idea of what to expect.

Leave An Open-ended Conclusion

Give some insight into the author’s background. This is always interesting and informative. This gets the reader thinking and will help them decide whether or not they’d like to read another book from the same author. This is a great way to show a bit of your personality.

Another way to finish your book review is to find similar books and recommend them to the readers. For example, if you are reviewing a fantasy romance book, you can say: “If you were a fan of Twilight and Hush-Hush, then you will definitely be enchanted with this one!”

Do You Feel Ready To Start Your Book Review?

Writing a book review is a great way to start developing your writing skills and amplify your vocabulary, so don’t be afraid if you don’t do it perfectly the first time. With practice, you’ll be able to improve more and more every time you decide to write.

We hope this article helped you clear your doubts and guided you through the process of writing your book review. If you feel too overwhelmed or feel uncomfortable writing, remember that we have excellent services to help you!

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