7 Hints and Tips for Writing a Book Review

I have been reading lots of book reviews lately, and learning as I go along trying to find a formula to writing a fantastic book review.
What makes a book review great?
What makes you want to go out and find that book to read?
These are the questions I found myself asking, and I’m sure there are many of you asking the same. So I have compiled another 7 Hints and Tips post to help us all become better book reviewers and writers.


These are the 7 tips that I have come up with, along with some hints on what to include in the book review.
  1. As you read the book, make notes as you go along – Write down your thoughts on the authors writing style, add quotes to your lists, that you think would be relevant to your review.
  2. Include the authors name and the book title in the first paragraph – Make sure to mention these so the reader will know exactly who wrote the book.
  3. Describe the book – What is the book about? What genre does the book fit into? What is the main idea of the book and plot structure? Don’t forget to include the theme, settings and the book cover.
  4. Add a paragraph on what made you like the book – Is it a story that kept you entertained? Guessing? How real/believable are the characters? Who is your favourite?
  5. Mention any dislikes – Didn’t like the way the story headed, frustrating ending, slow start, didn’t like the main character.
  6. Summarise your thoughts – What type of reader would you recommend the book to? Is it a book you would read again one day?
  7. Give the book a rating – eg. 3 out of 5 stars



I would love to hear your own thoughts on whether you decide to read a book based on a book review alone.
Rachel xx

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  1. 30th April 2015 / 7:00 pm

    I see you have Perfume in your pic – I loved that book!

    • 30th April 2015 / 9:40 pm

      It is a gorgeous book Christine, a lovely addition to my collection xx

  2. 31st March 2015 / 4:39 pm

    Thank you for this! I'm just starting to write book reviews on my blog, and I know I can do much better than I am doing right now.

    Definitely saving this post for future reference!

  3. 29th March 2015 / 11:01 am

    Some great tips there, I would add not ruining any surprises or the ending ha x

    • 29th March 2015 / 11:23 am

      Thanks for your replies, I am learning lots writing my blog all the time and I loved sharing my hints and tips on book reviews for this post xx

  4. 29th March 2015 / 10:47 am

    It's an interesting concept to me- to review books. I tend to read for pure pleasure and if I don' t like it, I stop and if I do, I continue! Great tips for if I ever join a book group though

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