I have been asked by a published author to review her book! When I received her email I was shocked that someone found me to have the privilege of sharing my thoughts on her book! I had never felt more thrilled, nor satisfied with my “professional” career as a writer, and apparently as a reviewer too!
While I have reviewed two books on my blog for fun, I’m really getting into it now and am treating it more of a job — I’m reading away, which makes me want to write, write and write! But since I’m on the book review journey, I’m wanting to improve the way I write book reviews, so I decided to look it up. HERE is the best how-to that I could find.
So, I ask you, if you review books, what are your tips on writing a book review?
Alexander M Zoltai says
Interesting little .pdf there 🙂
I think the critical point they made was to identify the author’s goal in writing the book then evaluating if they’d met that goal.
I’ve seen far too many “reviews” that substitute the reviewer’s “goal” for the book 🙁
Isabella Louise Anderson says
Thanks! I thought the PDF was so good that I had to use it. You made a good point in pointing out that identifying that the author’s goal is, was very smart — thanks for that emphasis! 🙂
I wrote a post on reviews, not how to write them, but what can be fundamenatlly wrong with them. Massaging of egos and such.
Hope you find it useful.
Elke Feuer says
First of all, congrats about the request to do book reviews!
Great blog! I want to add more formal book reviews to my blog (currently just a FB shout out) and wasn’t sure how to go about it. The pdf is a wonderful guideline. Thanks.