Honesty in stories. Truth in words.

Writing Book Reviews

(Yeah, that’s a terrible title. Sorry. It’s late, and I’m tired.)

I’m certainly don’t claim to be an expert in the area of book reviews, but I enjoy reading and writing book reviews and have learned a few things along the way.

Book reviews are touchy things…not only can they benefit the author, but they can gratefully influence prospective readers as well. A review can be the difference between someone buying or not buying a book. Here are a few key areas that I look for when reading and writing book reviews.

1. The Storyline.
How did you like the story?  What particular aspects of the plot did you enjoy/appreciate? Was the plot predictable or full of twists? Did it keep you reading or were you having to make yourself read?

2. The Writing.
Was the writing style engaging or just so-so? Were there so many little misspellings, incorrect punctuation, and grammar mistakes that it drove you crazy?

3. The Characters.
How personable were the characters? Were they real? Did you feel like you knew them by the end of the book?


When I am reading reviews, I try to look for the aspects of the review that has these key items in them, as those are generally the most helpful. I want to know why somebody liked the book and what they liked about it…not just that it was absolutely amazing. :)

What about you? Do you like reading reviews? Writing them? I want to know!



2 comments so far.

2 responses to “Writing Book Reviews”

  1. I tend to not write as many reviews as I should, though I’m working on that. Mine are pretty short and to the point. If I have a problem with something, I’ll probably say so in my review.
    As for reading them, if it’s a book and author I’ve never hear of, I’ll start by reading the negative reviews first just to see if there is a reason I shouldn’t be reading the book. If not, I’ll move on to the more positive ones. And yes, just reading: “It was the best book ever!” isn’t what I call a good or helpful review. :)

    • Ivy says:

      Your way of analyzing book reviews is quite similar to mine! Negative reviews first, then positive.

      Thanks for commenting!

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