Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Book Reviews

“Try to present a balanced argument about the value of the book for its audience.” That is what this online article on Book Reviews states. A while back, when I was working as a staff writer for a local paper, I occasionally did book reviews. Although I think I did an honest evaluation of the books I read for review, I wish I had read this article back then. In reviewing a book, you’re being asked for your opinion and criticism. How do you do that? There’s critical thinking involved. What is the premise of the book? Does the author deliver on that premise? What’s your analysis and take on the book? I’m not an expert on this subject, but I tried to be as thorough and honest as I could with the books I was given to review. I often thought about the authors who wrote them and how they react to these reviews. Book reviewing is another interesting, important part of the writing/publishing process. If you’ve ever thought about doing book reviews, you should read the article mentioned here.

“The writer must write what he has to say, not speak it.” – Ernest Hemingway


  1. I've done a couple of personal opinion reviews but not a genuine book review. One of the reasons was I had no idea how to go about it. Thanks for this valuable link!

  2. You're welcome.You'll find it's fun.