Just my opinion. Non-fiction. What is the book' s main message. What did you learn from the book, Was the book well written to hold your interest. Would you recommend the book, Fiction: Talk about the characters. Did the book hold your interest. Would you recommend the book. Did you feel the author really got you into the story. Did you feel empathetic about the characters--almost feeling like you knwo them. Did the plot run smoothly. I am a mystery fanatic, and I have to love the characters before the plot.
I don't like book reviews that consist mainly of a synopsis. I can get that information from Amazon if I really want it. I've found a lot of great books from reading reviews, but I don't want to know too much about the book before I read it. I like to know what the reviewer thought of the book, the characters and the plot. I look to see if the reviewer makes recommendations for fans of a particular author or genre.
I particularly like book reviews that describe the kind of read it is. For example, is it a beach read or does it really make you think about the meaning of life, that kind of thing. When we are going to get a book to read, we're doing it because we're in a certain kind of mood, like, I'm bored, I want a funny book, or I'm feeling really down, I want a happy book. I like when book reviews tell you how that book makes the reader feel. You can check out some of the book review that I've written here on hubpages and see what I mean.
You need to be able to relate the emotions of the book to the reviewer, good or bad. A review should emotionally move a reader to buy, read, or pass on a book. You need to realize that you do influence who buys and purchases books and that your review should emotionally sell people on a book. That's how to get people to like your book.
I don't mean to over emphasis things or exaggerate, but word choice is a big player in this. I don't think I can do it yet, but I understand it.
by Peg Cole 2 weeks ago
It would be nice to see some consistency in editing the book reviews we publish on HubPages. When I get a memo that says, "Heads Up. Your article has been snipped," I expect to see a correction for a typo I've made. Instead, sometimes the editor has decided to rearrange the wording of the...
by lilibees 7 years ago
Can I write a Hub on a book review even if I felt negatively about it?
by TheDailyMessenger 6 years ago
What makes a really good story, in your opinion?
by Kristen Howe 3 years ago
Can you combine two book reviews into one hub?When I write book reviews, it's normally 100-400 words on my book review blog. But to do one over here at 700 or more, that's going to be even harder. Are you allowed to do two reviews in one hub post? Or how do you do a big book review over...
by ThoughtfulSpot 8 years ago
I've attempted 2 hubs that are book reviews. I enjoyed writing them both, as I love to read, but neither has really gotten any traffic... and the scores are lower than I'm used to seeing. It was my first attempt at book reviews, and I'm wondering if I've missed the mark somewhere.Any...
by Anusha Jain 5 years ago
Do you read and/or recommend reading reviews after reading Books? Why or why not?Generally one would like to check out positive and critical reviews of the books before purchasing/reading it. But have you ever done taken the lesser traditional path? Have you ever felt the need for having a look at...
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