writing a book review

writing a book review

Lord Charnwood’s Abraham Lincoln is more than a biography; it’s also an effective exploration of 19th century politics.
Think about how you were affected by the book and if any of your opinions or feelings change because of it.

Writing a book review
Let’s turn to some great examples of book evaluations.
The three main steps of writing a book review are simple:

  • What did the book accomplish? Is more work needed? Compare the book to others by this author, or books in this field by other authors. (Use the books listed in the bibliography.)
  • To gain perspective, allow time before revising.
  • Writing a book review
    A star rating is obviously encouraged in a lot of review sites, but they’re not necessary! If you do want to give a star rating, you can go the conventional “out of five/ten” route. You could also try something slightly less conventional, and break down your star-rating into different categories for character/plot/world-building, etc.
    I usually break this down with character, world-building, themes, and plot. But this might vary between books, genres, and your tastes!

    Writing a book review
    Share any general information about the book that is important for readers to know. The title and author are an obvious choice. The year the book was published may be relevant if it came out 10+ years ago. Be sure to mention if the book is part of a series and whether it’s necessary to have read other books in the series before this book.
    Share a high-level synopsis of the plot so your audience gets the gist of what the story is about. Best practice is to leave out the climax or ending of the book and avoid giving away spoilers so you don’t ruin the story for your audience.