How to Write a Book Review by Rebecca Graf
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24 MAY 2013
About The AuthorRebecca Graf was born in Russellville, Kentucky but grew up in Dothan, Alabama. She graduated from the University of Montevallo with an accounting degree. Given the chance to try her hand at writing, she began writing online articles leading to her first published book, A Gift for a Mouse. From there she ventured into romance, mystery, comedy and drama. The passion of writing was discovered. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her husband and three children.
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How to Write a Book Review by Rebecca Graf
Author: Rebecca Graf
Publisher: Silver Tongue Press
Publication Date: February 2013
Have you wondered what makes a good book review? Have you wondered what you might be missing in writing a book review? You can find out how to write a quality book review in these pages.
A book review is a recommendation from you.
Your review is telling your readers whether or not you recommend the book or suggest that they run very fast from it.
Look at it like this. You are having coffee with a friend. Your conversation steers in a direction similar to this:
“Hey, I just a read a book that you have got to read. I couldn’t put it down. Though the language could be a little foul, the plot was outstanding.”
Or the conversation could have gone this route:
“I don’t understand the fascination with that book all over the news. I tried reading it and I couldn’t get past the first few chapters. It was horrible. There was no plot and everything was so confusing.”
Both conversations are the beginnings of a book review and are a recommendation from you.
Yes, a book review is a critique, but in the end your review has to also give a recommendation regarding the book.
You are suggesting your readers read it or not waste their money.
If you are one that is honest with your reviews, people will listen.
That is why you have to be very careful about what you say in a review. Don’t be personal. Don’t be biased.
Let your friends know where you stand with the book, but give them good reasons.
That is where the critique comes from.
You can say you like the book or don’t like it, but tell your friends why.
Your reasons might not be what turn your friends off of the book.
For example, I read one book that I just didn’t like. In critiquing it, the book wasn’t that bad.
My readers could see that, but when I got to my recommendation I had to say the truth: “I really did not like the book.
It was well written.
The characters were entertaining, but the plot was not for me.
For others, this might be an excellent book.
If you like this genre, I highly recommend you give it a try and give your own review.
For me, I’ll pass on the next one in the series.”
When you give a review, don’t forget to tell your recommendation to your readers. They want to know.
You can critique it, but do you recommend it?
Okay Everyone, do you realize how nervous one can be in writing a review on a book regarding HOW to write book review?🙂
The aggravating nervousness which lies at the surface,
“Am I doing this right?
Is this the proper format?
Does it have the right components?:-)
But I will share my thoughts on How To Write a Book Review and hope I make Author Rebecca Graf proud:)
How To Write A Book Review, is a compiled resource for those who share their opinions in the love of books.
It is a plethora of information that is given to lead and guide the reviewer step by step through the process of writing a well put together critique, that will assist others in knowing whether the book is a fit for them.
Topics within the book range from What is the purpose of a Review?, to dealing with Editing and Formatting Issues in a review.
Here the various components of what should be in a review are discussed, such as reviewing style, plot, pacing and other details that give a clearer picture to other prospective readers, other than just a personal opinion.
Yes, the recommendation of whether the book was enjoyed or not by the reviewer is a major detail, but How To Write A Book Review, takes it one step further, and also helps the reviewer say “Why” it was or was not enjoyed.
I truly enjoyed this book, which I feel is an incredible resource for all, but especially those who view themselves as “Professional” reviewers.
I believe that with the tips and techniques within these pages, then there truly can be a uniformity, and indeed a more professional quality with the reviews that we see across the net.
Reviews are needed of course by all writers, traditionally published as well as the Small Press and Independent Published Author.
But for the latter reviews are the life blood of their marketing platform; and if authors take the time and effort to craft a good product, then it should be the reviewers desire to also study and craft a good product.
Authors and Reviewers with education and a sense of pride in their work, can through teamwork, bring together readers and the titles that are meant just for them.
How To Write A Book Review is an excellent source to provide the structure to help reviewers. The pace of the book is steady and the writing style very conversational, almost as a chat between friends, therefore no dry text-book jargon.
The language is clear and understandable.
I also like the fact the book can be read as a whole, but also each chapter is a designated subject, that the reviewer can “go to” for specific help in particular areas.
I believe this book is a source that should not be read and then discarded on a shelf, but one kept close for reference, when writing the words that will affect another’s work and livelihood.
I fully recommend How To Write A Book Review for anyone who is ready to take their work to the next level.