Any tips on writing book reviews?

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  1. dahoglund profile image75
    dahoglundposted 13 years ago

    I do not ordinarily write book reviews, but I occasionally run across a book to share. Are there any specific elements that need inclusion? Are there any rules?

    1. thisisoli profile image74
      thisisoliposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      You will be making an good start if you have read the book. An impressive start if you have read it more than once.  I know quite a few people who write book reviews on various websites and have never even read what they are writing about.

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    ryankettposted 13 years ago

    Sure, email the author and ask him to write his own review, then post it with an Amazon capsule wink

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    lynnechandlerposted 13 years ago

    Check out this site, it gives you a great overview of what to include.

  4. gracenotes profile image80
    gracenotesposted 13 years ago

    I am sure the links provided here will help.  You also have to consider for whom you are writing the review.

    Some people on HubPages only use the book as a springboard for a general discussion.  They don't write in-depth about the book's merits.  Which one are you?  There's certainly more than one approach.

    If you feel the book isn't great, it's always nice to compare it to others on the same topic, and tell why the others are better books.  If you're using Amazon capsules, you could certainly hand-pick the ones you like from the genre.

  5. Elle Seidman profile image58
    Elle Seidmanposted 13 years ago

    I'd definitely say, in writing a book review, consider what kind of readers would like the aspects of the book you didn't like. Reference some the things you thought were negative about the book in a neutral light, and you might introduce some readers to a book they wouldn't have previously considered. People like different things. I don't much like Twilight, but fans of Octavia Butler might. See what I mean?

  6. wsp2469 profile image62
    wsp2469posted 13 years ago

    I have written book reviews for print publications.  I have taught Journalism.
    I would say that you start with the basics as if you were writing a news story.  Then simply add your own opinions backed with examples and reasons.  End with a summary including whether or not it is worth reading.
    The facts, summary of content,evaluation . . . that's basically it in a nutshell.


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