A reader is hooked to a book – reads few pages, then closes it, ponders over the relation between those words and his own life, takes a deep breath, opens the book again to dive into the ocean of fine world of words and wisdom!
Books have the ability to charge you up and take your mind off everything that pesters you. They are the best of friends who are ready to serve you copiously only if you are willing to give them the necessary attention.
Book Reviewing is an art that enables a reader to give voice to his opinions and discuss the ideas he derives out of his experience of reading a book. It is an art that asks for patience, contemplation, and deliberation. You just can’t skim through the book and write a note on it. In fact, you have to pay attention to the nuances and varied dimensions of the narrative to arrive at a conclusion. However, if you do not pull off through the process of reading honestly, remember, you are a sinner!
Book Review – Definition
A book review is an analysis of a book that includes its subject, strengths and weaknesses and context. It encompasses the language, diction, grammar, fluidity, narration, lucidity, appropriateness of the content, writing style and whether it is able to connect with the readers. In fact, a book review is a form of journalism.
The responsibility of a book reviewer is immense as his views are going to influence the readers. They are going to zero in on a book based on his reviews and ratings. And this is why learning the art of book reviewing is of paramount importance.
How To Design A Book Review?
Read the book thoroughly
One must be honest and patient enough to spend the quality time with the book. Yes, it doesn’t have to be a random skimming but an in-depth reading which would allow you to dig in between the lines to get to the bottom line. Along the way, keep a tab on taking notes on the genre of the book. Pay attention to its theme and the literary devices that are being used. Consider the writing style of the author and his choice of words. The notes will come handy while you sit down to prepare the report.
Drafting the book review
Following pointers are to be followed in order to prepare your first draft of the review:
- Hit the trail with a proper heading that includes title, author, place of publication: publisher, date of publication, and the number of pages.
- An enticing introduction is a key to attract more readers for your book review. You can mention any anecdote or a quote from the book and then go on explaining it in context of the book in brief. The author’s background would also be a great option.
- Write the blurb of the book. A blurb is a summary of the book that should be concise and informative. Do not divulge the details in this part.
- Here comes the soul of your review. A fantastic paragraph must be written where you critique the book and evaluate it on different parameters. You should lay emphasis on the author’s main idea and must cite excerpts from the book itself to back up your analysis. You could also tell about your favorite character from the book, how was the narration, was the work attractive enough to keep you at the edge of your seat, etc. One must also discuss the relevance of the narrative with his own life experiences if any.
- Examine the good and bad aspects of the book, if any. Go ahead wrapping up your review by writing a small concluding paragraph. By the end, you should be clear whether it is worth recommending or not. A rating is inevitable.
Even the review needs to be Reviewed!
Aaha! The draft must be assessed and reread multiple times to detect any minute faults. One must be submitting his best work so make sure you filter any errors present in your draft. You can also get it checked by your peers who may help you in correcting the follies. This will make the whole thing look professional and amazing!
Few Things to be Remembered by the Book Reviewers:
- Always give an unbiased and a fair verdict on the book. Since you are going to play the role of the influencer, do not be influenced by others.
- Keep the language of your review simple and courteous. Never slam the book or the author right away if you find it bad. Use humble words/positive tone to put forth your point.
- Read others’ reviews to get an idea of how you should be doing it your way. Maintain your own style of doing it. This reflects your professional standards.
- Include the buy link to the book in your review.
- Lastly, read more to know more. Enjoy your work!
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