Writing A Book Review

by , Sunday March 26, 2017
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Writing A Book Review

Writing a Book Review

Stuck writing a book review? Maybe these key points will help...


I recently decided that I wanted to start writing book reviews. The closest I've done to writing them before are leaving short comments on Movellas and doing a couple of sentences in an English lesson. I decided I wanted to do more in-depth reviews, starting with some of my favourite books before potentially moving on to some Movellas.


Before writing a review, I did some research into key points that would be interesting for you to write about and for the reader to read about. Here is what I found.


Main points

In the first section of your review, you should focus on the big details of the book: plot and characters. This is the part that will instantly let your reader know if the book is something they might be interested in.

  • What was the story about?
  • Who were the main characters?
  • Were the main characters credible?
  • What did the main characters do?
  • Did the main characters run into any problems?
  • Who was your favourite character?



​Nowaways, the relatiblity of a novel is important, especially since readers are looking for diversity and familiarity within their books.

  • Could you relate to any characters?
  • Have you ever done or felt some of the things that they did?



​Personally, this is the part of a review which I am most interested in. A book with a gripping plot and complex characters can be completely ignored if someone doesn't enjoy something about it.

  • Did you like it?
  • Favourite/least favourite part?
  • What is something you could change?



​This links back to the opinion points. Here, focus on the target audience and link back to your own reading experience. In addition to choosing who you ​would​ recommend the book to, consider who you wouldn't​.

  • Would you recommend?
  • Who would you recommend it to?

​Hopefully, this will be interesting or useful to someone. In the comments below, let me know about one of your favourite books that you've reviewed or one of your top tips for writing a review.



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