book review writing
A book review is a descriptive and critical or evaluative account of a book. Like the book report, it provides a summary of content and an analysis of structure, yet you will also assess the value of a book and recommend (or not recommend) the book to other readers.
Steps you need to follow:
1. Choose the book.
2. Read the book.
3. Make notes about the book.
4. Think about the content of the book in an effort to arrive at an appropriate theme for the review.
5. Organize your notes into an outline which incorporates your theme.
6. Write the review.
7. Edit and revise the review before recopying it.
In your book review, you should put the following information in it:
1. The author
2. The full title
3. The publisher
4. The place and date of publication
5. The edition
You can also include the following your book review:
1. Outline the contents of the book.
2. Evaluate and make critical comments on the book.
3. Use quotations or references to the new ideas in the book to illustrate your theme.
4. Identify the author's qualifications, and any other personal information that is relevant to your discussion of the book.
5. Place the book with reference to the author's other writings.
6. Compare the book with a similar work by a contemporary.
7. Point out the author's intentions, including the audience for which the book is intended.
8. Relate the work to a social or literary trend.
When writing your book review, please keep the following in your mind:
1. There is no right way to write a book review. Book reviews are highly personal and reflect the opinions of the reviewer.
2. A review can be as short as 50-100 words, or as long as 1500 words, depending on the purpose of the review.
3. Before writing the review, be sure that you understand what type of review is required for your assignment.
4. Keep your audience in mind! This will help define the emphasis you put on various parts of the review.
Finally, you should note that book reviews are concerned mainly with the one book presented, relying upon only a few standard reference works for brief and relevant comments on the author and on any special circumstances about the writing of the book. Book reviews are not research papers. The research paper is based on material from as many sources as are needed to back up its topic.
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