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What Makes a Good Book Review?

June 21, 2018

Book reviews are about helping readers decide whether they’d like to read a book. With the launch of Better Reading’s Preview, we thought we’d pass on a few tips about what we think makes a good book review:

-A good review doesn’t simply rattle off a summary of the plot. Tell us what you thought of the themes, the writing, the characters. How did you react to the book?

-Always take different tastes into account. It may not be your type of book, but others may love it. This is only your opinion, nothing more or less.

-A good review never contains any ‘spoilers.’ To reveal whodunnit, or to give away the twists or the ending (eek!), is a complete no-no.

-Don’t just say that you liked a book, tell us why. Was there a character you loved? An emotional moment that moved you or some great, snappy dialogue? Be specific.

-Review the book, not the package. Don’t be distracted by covers and blurbs.

-Be mindful of the fact that authors put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into their writing. Publishers invest passion – and money. A good book review is always respectful.

 

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  1. Sonia Bellhouse

    A wise person told me that if the book was not to my taste to consider which other author’s style it was like. Then to compare it with their books. For example this techno thriller will appeal to readers of Tom Clancy.

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