What will the reader think about long after the book is finished?
Ask yourself if there any particular lines in the book that strike you as meaningful.
By publishing the reviews you write, you can share your ideas about books with other readers around the world.
It's natural for young readers to confuse book reviews with book reports, yet writing a book review is a very different process from writing a book report. Frequently, the purpose of book reports is to demonstrate that the books were read, and they are often done for an assignment. A book review's purpose is to help people decide whether or not the book would interest them enough to read it. Like wonderful smells wafting from a kitchen, book reviews lure readers to want to taste the book themselves.
" The best answer is "As long as it takes," but that's a frustrating answer.
A general guideline is that the longer the book, the longer the review, and a review shouldn't be fewer than 100 words or so.In an introductory summary, be careful not to tell too much.If you retell the entire story, the reader won't feel the need to read it him/herself, and no one appreciates a spoiler (telling the end).This isn't the plot, but rather the ideas behind the story.Is it about the triumph of good over evil or friendship or love or hope?Will we rise and challenge those who seek to shape our future or sleepwalk toward conditioning by technology? I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith A 'children's book' that speaks volumes (ha) about unrequited love and dysfunctional families. It is a more mature love story, full of humourous, delightful observations of human behaviour. We change as we grow, and the mistakes made in our youth can be overcome. Moby Dick by Herman Melville The great American novel: great characters, wonderful language, thick with the Bible and Thomas Browne, and has the best opening sentence ever. As he wanders aimlessly around the city, he struggles to plan his next life move, but finds happiness in small joys, such as his strong bond with his sister. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll We should all get lost down a rabbit hole every once in a while and come out believing in six impossible things before breakfast #whyisaravenlikeawritingdesk Lauren D, Twitter 43. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas The best classic tale! I have a Penguin Classic copy of it that's falling apart but I wouldn't part with it for the world Emma H, Facebook 59. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand This book engages the reader through its characters and themes, allowing one to be entranced through this cautionary tale that can be applied to the modern world. Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut Reading this blend of surrealism, sci-fi and other genres made me realise that sometimes, fiction can be more powerful than real-life stories! The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch This book left me speechless, while reading and after reading and I still can't find the words to describe why it is one of the most impressive pieces of writing I have ever read. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson Perhaps a little bit out of left field, but I love this book. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce Joyce is not only the greatest stylist in English, but the novel contains one of the most complex discussions of aesthetics in the 20th century. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood I chose this book because it gives a feminist perspective on the world. Suite Francaise by Irene Nemorovsky This is my favourite book. Intricate plotting and brilliant command of English prose. Dracula by Bram Stoker A Gothic tale of fear and love.Writing about the plot is the trickiest part of a review because you want to give the reader a feel for what the book is about without spoiling the book for future readers. Another possibility is to set up the major conflict in the book and leave it unresolved (Sometimes the waiting is the hardest part or He didn't know what he stood to lose or Finding your purpose in life can be as easy as finding a true friend.) Try to avoid using the tired phrase "This book is about…" Instead, just jump right in (The stuffed rabbit wanted more than anything to live in the big old house with the wild oak trees.) Reviews should answer questions about the characters in fiction books or non-fiction books about people.The most important thing to remember is that you must never give away the ending. One possibility for doing this is to set up the premise (A brother and a sister find themselves lost in the woods at the mercy of an evil witch. Some possible questions to answer include: What is the book really about?A beautifully told story of an intelligent girl who yearns for more than society allows. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope This book has tremendous characters and a plot which sucks you into such a different world, about which you find yourself caring desperately. Another Country by James Baldwin This is a book that shows how everyone can live and love together, passionately, dangerously, with exquisite music. Woolf's modernist novel is so fresh even 90 or so years later. It presents the dilemmas, fears and choices that were felt and had to be made by ordinary people. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn Solzhenitsyn’s writing from personal experience of life/existence in a forced labour camp under Stalin's communist regime is a stark, brutal, masterpiece. Caustic, heartfelt, funny, devastating; a beautiful book. If you love to read, at some point you will want to share a book you love with others.