I don’t think I did myself any favors with my last book review post. I think the teacher in me came out a little more than it should have. I could almost hear the collective “Ah, HECK NO!” from all of you who read that post.
It didn’t take me long to realize that I needed to do some damage control.
A book review, at its very core, is nothing more than your opinion and recommendation. All you really have to do is tell us why we should or shouldn’t read the book. Honestly, it’s that simple.
So, here it is; my new, SIMPLIFIED BOOK REVIEW instructions! Thank you, thank you, please hold your applause until the end.
WRITING A WEB REVIEW
A Web Review is generally designed to be published to websites such as Amazon or Barnes and Noble. It’s where you, as a customer, return to give your two bits about your purchase. It is the easiest form of book review because it’s all about your opinion. A Web Review is usually super short and very much to the point. I’ve read book reviews that could have been published as small novels, but I’ve also read book reviews that told me everything I needed to know in less than 50 words.
The essence of a good review is your recommendation or discouragement for us to read the book. This can be accomplished in a number of ways. Tell us what you thought of the book by doing any of the following :
1. Explain why you did or did not enjoy the book (give specific examples if you can)
2. Summary and opinion – Without spoiling the outcome of the book, give us a brief synopsis so we understand what to expect.
3. Tell about your favorite elements of the book (characters, scenes, settings, voice, etc.)
4. Warn about glaring issues that you have with book (poor writing, bad grammar, lots of typos, inappropriate subject matter for the genre, etc.).
What you can write is, in no way, limited to this list. Here’s an example of #1 above:
I really enjoyed Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton because it brought all of my boyhood fantasies to life. It is a well-written book that takes characters into a theme park with real dinosaurs. It is great because it combines science with adventure. It’ll bring your heart rate up as you anticipate the next Dinosaur attack. If you enjoy technically superb science fiction with gripping adventure, I highly recommend Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.