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:
-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.