Reviewing how to review


If you’re a bibliophile like me, then you have a stack of ‘just read’ books and a whole lot of opinions on them. But if you have already chewed your friends’ and family’s ears off about how romantic, disappointing, frustrating, or completely awesome a book is, who else can you tell? and how can you tell them? In a book review of course!

If you’ve never written a book review before it can be a little daunting and a lot confusing, but there is good news- there is no right or wrong way to do it! All you need is an opinion and a keyboard and off you go…

On our website you can review a book by logging in (or joining up!), searching for the product you would like to review, clicking on it to open the product page and then clicking on ‘review’ underneath the product’s picture. It’s that easy! If you are feeling shy, you can post your review anonymously.

A few pointers:

♦ Be concise: All good arguments have a beginning, middle and an end. A simple example would be to start with whether or not you liked the book, followed by why (maybe using some examples), and finishing up with whether or not you would recommend it to other readers.

♦ Have a point of view: Book reviews are highly personal persuasive pieces of writing containing a combination of summary and commentary.

♦ No spoilers! Let other people discover the fun bits and major plot twists for themselves

♦ No profanity: We all love to have our say, but please keep it clean.

Some basic things to ponder while developing your review (hopefully you will find them as helpful as I did)

  • Why should/ shouldn’t someone read this book?
  • What are it’s strengths/ weaknesses?
  • How did the book make you feel? was it interesting, dull, disappointing?

For fiction books: Are the characters enjoyable? ;Are there any major plot twists that keep the reader interested?;  Is the book part of a series? Does the book make you want to read the other titles in the series?

For non-fiction books:  How does this title contribute to it’s field? e.g. mathematics, science, engineering; Is the author a leading authority in this subject?

When you’re finished and you’re happy with it, give it a snappy title and a gold star rating and you’re done!

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