How to Write a Book Review

Let me be as up front as possible: this post has an agenda. I wrote a book awhile ago and if you’ve taken the time to read it, I would love it if you wrote a book review on Amazon for me.

Why? Amazon reviews help authors with rankings and exposure as well as helping other people to make a decision about whether or not to read the book. Plus, I’d love to hear what you thought and keep the conversation going!

I’m writing this blog post because I’ve heard from some friends that they feel a little intimidated about writing a book review (maybe it brings back bad memories of writing book reports in school??). Don’t worry! A book review doesn’t have to be an in-depth analysis. You don’t have to have PhD. It can be as simple as quoting a few of the points you liked, sharing how you related to something, or listing the questions a book raised for you. You can write as much or as little as you want and you won’t get graded. Well, I guess there are those “Did you find this review helpful?” questions, but no one is going to give you a “D” or tell you to rewrite it. Instead, I’ll be thrilled to hear your thoughts and will appreciate your effort in helping me out.

Here are some prompts I often choose from when I review books here on the blog:

  • the one point that really clicked
  • a point I had never thought about before
  • things I have wondered about but could never articulate before
  • what I related with most
  • questions I was left with
  • things that didn’t sit right or that I disagreed with

If you feel like you have a lot to say, going chapter by chapter is a helpful way to organize your reactions and evaluation. You can sum it up by suggesting who the book is most suited for or listing other books you think would be a better or more helpful read on the topic.

Don’t be shy, don’t feel like you have to write a thousand word essay and don’t be scared to disagree or offend me! The point is to engage the ideas and discuss them. If you haven’t read the book, it’s quite short and it’s on sale right now for only $1.99 in honour of my birthday next week. A review would be a great present!

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