How To Write A Book Review

Readers will always be interested in the opinions of other readers.

Whether you’ve loved a book or not, provided you give an honest account of your experience, the reading community will benefit from your review.

Here are five recommended points to writing a ‘complete’ book review.

Start with a couple of sentences describing what the book is about – avoid spoilers!

As a general rule, try to avoid writing in detail about anything that happens from around the middle part of the book onwards. If the book is part of a series, it might be useful to mention this, along with your thoughts on whether they should read the other books in the series to enjoy this one.

Discuss what you particularly liked about the book

Focus on how you felt about the story and the way it was told. You could try answering a couple of the following questions:

  • Who was your favourite character, and why?
  • Did the characters feel real to you?
  • Did the story keep you guessing?
  • What was your favourite part of the book, and why?
  • Did the book make you think, laugh or cry?

Mention anything you disliked about the book

Talk about why you think it didn’t work for you:

  • Were any parts of the story unclear or feel rushed?
  • Were the themes of the story understandable?
  • Do you have any ideas on how the book could of been made better?

Round up your review

Summarise your thoughts on the book by suggesting the type of reader you’d recommend it to. Are there any books or series you would compare it to?

Give the book a rating

A mark out of five is preferable and will offer the every day skim reader an easily digestible snap shot on your opinion of the story.





Thank you to Author Luisa Playa, who largely inspired this blog entry.

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