How to Write a Book Review




everyone I'm shaylen here with read Z

today we're going to be talking about

how to write a book review now writing

book reviews is a hobby for some a job

for others but for many writers it's a

very useful tool for helping you become

a more perceptive reader and therefore a

more perceptive writer whether you run a

blog want to write up a review for

Amazon or even if you just want to

improve your own reading skills not only

does it really help out the writer for

you to leave a review for them it can

really help you in your own craft to

help realize what works and what doesn't

in a piece you probably want to be aware

of the general a tacit so that you can

leave a quality review that's respectful

to the author as well as useful for

anyone looking to read the book

themselves let's take a look at how to

write a book review number one start

with a summary readers come to book

reviews to know whether or not they

should pick up a book and a book review

isn't too useful if the reader doesn't

even know what the book is about so

start with a brief summary but make sure

not to spoil anything

when in doubt if it's not on the back

jacket of the book it might be

considered spoiler if you ever do want

to include a spoiler in your review make

sure to hide it under a spoilers tab now

you want to keep this part short since

of course the reader can always just

look up the summary themselves so just

briefly introduce the concept main

conflict and main characters you also

want to be very clear about genre and

category now step two is to actually

evaluate but basically what you thought

worked and what you thought didn't

opinions are of course all subjective

but try to look at the book as

objectively as you can where the

characters developed it interesting were

there any details that just simply

didn't make sense or an area of the book

that was underdeveloped was the plot

paste well interesting was it

predictable you can also think about the

author's writing style was it enjoyable

to read how would you try to describe it

you also want to use details that are

useful for readers to find a book that

will match their tastes so is the book

heavy on action what kind of subplots

are included what kind of tropes might

the book include without spoilers was

the end satisfying did it feel well

edited were there frequent errors or

plot holes and what emotions did the

book leave you with does it compare to

any other similar books if someone sees

that the book is similar or would appeal

to fans of several books that they've

read and enjoyed they might feel pretty

inclined to pick this one up even if you

didn't like the book you could say I was

a huge fan of this but I think

it might appeal to fans of these books

now of course your evaluation is going

to be weighted based on what left an

impression on you and what did there may

even be things that were a drawback for

you but that you think might appeal to

other readers for example a writing

style that you don't typically vibe with

but that you know other readers enjoy or

a trope that's not your favorite but

that you know other people like or maybe

the book just didn't really fit your

expectations but might appeal well to

its proper target audience when writing

up the evaluation section of your review

it's really important to remember that

the author is a person who put a lot of

time and effort into the book no matter

how much you may have disliked it you'll

want to treat their book with respect

even if it really wasn't to your taste

in respect for the author try not to

make assumptions about what was going on

in their head or what their writing

process was like it takes a lot of work

in time to write a book and we just

can't really infer these things based on

the end product and finally you want to

any review by giving your recommendation

this whole review is ultimately leading

up to whether or not you would recommend

this book to other readers and to which

reader specifically this is a great

place to include your star rating

quickly summarize while you gave the

book that rating and include any comp


so to summarize the structure of your

review is going to be a brief summary

followed by the bulk of the review which

will be the evaluation section and then

you want to end with a brief conclusion

that will include star rating why you

gave her that rating and who you would

recommend the book to now that's the

general structure of the review but here

are a couple final tips first of all

don't focus too heavy on that summary it

is important but this isn't a book

report and it's likely that the reader

does already know what the book is about

if they're reading review that summary

section is really there as an

introduction piece and to summarize the

book for any readers who maybe haven't

encountered this book before number two

remember that it's okay to have an

opinion you don't need to be neutral nor

should you it's okay to have a strong

opinion even if your opinion was just

that the book didn't really leave a

strong impression on you and you can

also make your stance clear from the

start you don't need to include any kind

of plot twists near the end of your

review or keep readers guessing

throughout the middle of the review

number three is to support your points

with actual events if you thought the

writing style is beautiful include an

excerpt if you thought there were

elements of the world-building that

didn't make sense include examples it's

a lot like writing an academic essay and

way if you make a point and then don't

support it with any evidence it's hard

for anyone reading a review to really

take that point seriously and finally

think about where the review is going to

be posted follow guidelines and consider

how professional you should be if it's

for a more professional outlet being

more professional in your tone if it's

for your own personal blog or you're

just posting it on Goodreads can be a

bit more informal and maybe include a

gif or two finally if you are a book

reviewer and interested in reviewing in

debug you can check out read the

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