How to Write a Book Review. A book review is a description, critical analysis, and an evaluation on the quality, meaning, and significance of a book, not a retelling.
It should focus on the book's purpose, content, and authority. A critical book review is not a book report or a summary. It is a reaction paper in which strengths and weaknesses of the material are analyzed. It should include a statement of what the author has tried to do, evaluates how well (in the opinion of the reviewer) the author has succeeded, and presents evidence to support this evaluation.
There is no right way to write a book review. The following are standard procedures for writing book reviews; they are suggestions, not formulae that must be used. 1. A. 3. A. Example Title: We Had it Made General Subject Matter: Religious Intolerance Theme: The effects of religious intolerance on a small town Thesis: Religious intolerance, a sickness of individuals, contaminates an entire social group 4. A. 5. 9. Character Theme Plot Style Setting Biography.
Book Reviews - How to Write Book Reviews. A book review is both a description and an evaluation of a book.
It should focus on the book's purpose, contents, and authority. Scan the Book's Preliminaries Before beginning to read, consider the following: Title - What does it suggest? Preface - Provides important information on the author's purpose in writing the book and will help you to determine the success of the work. Read the Text Record impressions as you read and note effective passages for quoting. What is the general field or genre, and how does the book fit into it? Consult Additional Sources Try to find further information about the author - his/her reputation, qualifications, influences, etc. - any information that is relevant to the book being reviewed and that would help to establish the author's authority.
Prepare an Outline Carefully review your notes and attempt to unify your impressions into a statement that will describe the purpose or thesis of your review. How to Write a Book Review. By Bill Asenjo A book review describes, analyzes and evaluates.
The review conveys an opinion, supporting it with evidence from the book. Do you know how to write a book review? I didn't. And even though I knew I didn't, that didn't stop me from firmly inserting my foot in my mouth by agreeing to conduct a book review writing workshop for my local Barnes & Noble. So I did what any other resourceful writer on deadline would do; I panicked. Before reading, consider: Title - What does it suggest? How to Write a Book Review: Memorial University Libraries. Before You Start | Steps to Follow | What to Put in a Book Review | What to Leave Out of a Book Review | Reminders Before You Start You may want to read about book reviewing.
For books about writing book reviews, look up BOOK REVIEWING in the Library Catalogue. Two books which might be useful are: Webster's New World Student Writing Handbook QEII Reference PE 1408 S6577 1988 How To Write Book Reports QEII Reference PN 98 B7 T45 (ON RESERVE) You may also want to read book reviews that other people have written. Steps to follow. Book Reviews - Libraries - Dalhousie University. There are two approaches to book reviewing: Descriptive reviews give the essential information about a book.
This is done with description and exposition, by stating the perceived aims and purposes of the author, and by quoting striking passages from the text. Critical reviews describe and evaluate the book, in terms of accepted literary and historical standards, and supports this evaluation with evidence from the text. The following pointers are meant to be suggestions for writing a critical review. Basic requirements To write a critical review, the reviewer must know two things: Knowing the work under review: This demands not only attempting to understand the author's purpose and how the component parts of the work contribute to that purpose, but also knowledge of the author: his/her nationality, time period, other works etc.Requirements of the genre: This means understanding the art form and how it functions.
Reviewing essentials. How to Write a Book Review - Information, Facts, and Links. Introduction.