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Writing Book Reviews: 4 Tips to Follow

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Writing book reviews

Sharing opinions are one of the ways through which you can communicate with your audience. Especially in the literature field, your personal opinions hold a great deal of importance. That’s why it’s imperative to put across your perspective and thoughts in a manner that’s understandable by the readers. Besides, following the standard format, here are some other factors you can consider while writing book reviews

1. Understand The Main Theme

Before writing book reviews, you need to fully understand the subjects, ideas, plot, and the theme of the book. Ask yourself some basic questions, for example, what was the author trying to communicate, what ideals does the author support in the books, if there were any plot holes, and so on. Furthermore, understanding the genre and doing a bit of research on the author will also help you structure your initial draft too. 

2. Introduction

Make sure you keep your introductory paragraph short yet engaging. The first few lines of any of your book reviews will set the tone for the upcoming content. You need to immediately grab your reader’s attention, but don’t make it too complicated. Most importantly, remember to add the writer’s and book-related specific details, for instance, the name of the author, year of publication, the main genre of the book, and a few lines about the writer’s career history.

3. Summary Of The Book

In brief, write the basic plot and summary of the novel. Your book reviews are incomplete without this. Mention the crucial details and incidents in the books. You can write a brief description of the characters and their role or character development in the book. Add a quote or two from the novel. This helps in keeping the audience engaged and also provides them with a basic understanding of the storyline. If you’re reviewing a thriller, then it’s for the best if you write a small spoiler warning at the beginning. So that based on the wishes of the reader, he/she can accordingly skip it. 

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4. Your opinion

This is perhaps the most vital part of any of your book reviews. The readers are solely reading the review to know your thoughts and opinions regarding the book. You need to mention fundamental things such as, why you like or dislike this book, who is your favorite character, and why, your favorite part of the story, was the plot predictable or not, mention any plot holes or character flaws- if any. Does the book give you peace of mind? Mention it. 

To express your opinions clearly, you need to add a formal structure to the content. Write more about your analysis of the story. Mention the relevance of the theme of the book, your understanding of the theme, and assert some points from the author’s standpoint too. Nevertheless, the readers are interested in your take of the books. Therefore, ensure that your content is authentic and has a strong vocabulary.

Final Take

Each write up needs a conclusion. Similarly, you need to write a suitable conclusion for your book review to complete it. This can be a few lines summing up your final thoughts on the book and upcoming books of the author. Furthermore, you can also recommend books, which are similar to the book you wrote a review on. This helps the readers to expand their read list and explore more reading options in the genre. Remember to add a star rating out of five or ten. 

We hope you keep these important pointers in mind the next time you write book reviews. You can check out an example of a book review here. Happy writing!


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