How to Write a Book Review

QUICK NOTE I SCHEDULED THIS POST AHEAD OF TIME BUT IT DIDN’T POST SO IT’S NOT MY FAULT I MISSED MY FRIDAY POST AHAHAHAHAHHAAHHA!!!!!!1!

Now, back to your normally scheduled shenanigans.

Hello, you beautiful people! Today I have my first ever requested post! This post was suggested by the beautiful KillerCatZiller in the beginning of Blogmas, and I felt like it wasn’t quite an appropriate post for Blogmas. But now that Blogmas is over, I am very excited to write this post!

Today I’m going to teach you all how to write a book review. The class is in session!

I have a sort of algorithm that I follow when I write blog reviews (or any reviews, really). Of course, you don’t have to follow it exactly, but it’s just what I’ve found works best for me.

1. Spoiler Free Summary (unless, of course, you’re writing a discussion post and you want to include spoilers. ALWAYS ANNOUNCE THAT THERE ARE SPOILERS OR I WILL PERSONALLY COME AND PUNCH YOU IN THE FACE… please)

2. Your Personal Opinion Overall (ex. I really loved this book. I thought it was an incredibly unique idea to yadda yadda yadda)

3. Things That You Liked (ex. The characters, the villain, the romance, etc.)

4. Things That You Disliked (ex. love triangle, bad writing, sparkly vampires, etc.)

5. Closing Statement (ex. Overall it was an interesting read blah blah blah)

6. Include Massive Amounts of Fangirling Throughout

This is a relatively simple template to follow when reviewing books or other products. There are many variations of book reviews, but this is just what I use. I think the best way to write a good review, is to find your own style. In the same way that bloggers have different styles, and artists have different styles, reviewers need to have their own styles as well. Even I don’t always stick to the template because I don’t want it to seem formulaic. It just depends on what feels right. (Here is a link to the last review I wrote on The Turn of The Screw by Henry James!)

I’m sorry that the post is so short today. It’s such a simple topic that I can’t seem to find enough words to describe them. Of course, my Goodreads and other socials are in my bio (sidebar on PC and scroll down on Mobile) so you can read my book reviews as I write them if you feel like it. I’ll see you Friday.

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