How to write a good book review and why should you write one?

There are many of you who have said that writing a review feels like a task/not my style/I don't feel comfortable/I don't know how to write one. This article is for you my dear buddies. Below I have complied a few points which will help you to write an apt review for basically any book you'd read. Some of the points might help for non book reviews as well.

Reviews are a huge factor when it comes to buying something online as per some of you who read the posts. Many times it happens that people are just shy or anxious to come out in public and post a review about a thing they like.

Imagine you read a sexy erotic thriller and you loved the book but then you are shy to write a review since its a public one. Well for things like that, I don't have a solution. But I can give you a lot of reasons why you should write a review for sure. There are many friends who review books on a blog and this might help them as well.

Why should you write a review?

Before we go ahead and start discussing on how to write a good review. It is very important to know why to write one in first place. I am not going to give you cliche examples at best but would show you some solid points for why you should write one and a good one in fact.

  1. More than 50% people post a review only when they have a grudge against the delivery/product.
  2. There are review farms which review for the sake of it and they work both ways for and against. Hence it can be quite misleading for you and harmful for the business in some cases.
  3. Most people don't bother to review as long as the product works fine. At times you get a product and you feel like waiting for a while and use it before talking anything about it. Later, you just literally forget about posting one unless the company pesters you with emails or phone calls which can be annoying as well as result in a bad review by an annoyed customer.
  4. Some don't write a review because they're just too lazy to do it and have a number of excuses up their sleeves for not to write one.
  5. Many don't bother writing one since most reviews on many sites are misleading anyways.
  6. Writing a good review, meaning which expresses your thoughts about the product combined with factual information is quite helpful for other buyers.
  7. You can draw away more people away from scammy purchases.
  8. Similarly more people can benefit out of some really good deals.
If you need more convincing to write a review then just leave it my friend, you are hopeless :P XD

How to write a good review?

Now, writing a good review refers to aptly expressing your thoughts in a few lines. If you like to support your favourite authors then do leave a review after purchase. Also, even if you have pirated or borrowed from some library, basically if you have read from anywhere, then do leave a review. There are various sites like goodreads, and your everyday socials to talk about the reads you enjoyed.

Now while writing a review you have to keep a few things in mind. These are the tips I used to write my reviews as pro-reviewer. Although, my personal reviews often differ from these guidelines most of the times. Yet you can use these guidelines to write a review as a pro-book blogger.

  1.  When you like a book, always begin with an appreciation.

    You might come across a really awesome read and you are hyper excited to write a review. But when you go on the writing page, all you can muster up is I just loved this read and you should read it.

    That's when you should start talking with obvious things. Like the cover if you like it, the blurb, slowly dive into how to felt while reading the book. What was your first hand experience with the story.

    What portions you totally loved and what you thought could've been better.  Some instances where you felt it was so real as if it had happened somewhere. Then you can put it all nicely in one paragraph.

    You would have somethings which you didn't like that you can write after sharing what all you loved about it and always end with a constructive criticism and recommending who all might love it.
  2. When you read a book which is good but nothing which excites you.

    There are books which you feel are nice and decent. Something you would read once and just then never bother again about it. Begin with a point where you talk about the story. Then take it to section where you talk about what you liked, what you disliked, felt was okay and nothing special.

    If you want try giving some criticism on how it would've been much better. If not you can just let it be. Explore some points where you felt it was weak and where if emphasised the importance could've been much better book.

    Write a point or two about why you felt it wasn't the book for you or what made you think it was decent but not something you'd just swipe off the bookshelf the moment you land your eyes on it.
  3. When you read a book which is okayish.

    There's a difference in being a book which is okayish and decent. Many times you come across a book which has a ton of mixed factors and emotions that rather end up confusing you. It might also happen that you didn't enjoy the book but it wasn't bad at all either. It can be a fine read for someone else.

    In those moments, avoid giving out critics. Just write what you find decent and likeable about the book. Maybe a few lines at best and if you are reviewing within a word limit ( for bloggers) then you can talk some more about cover, plot, etc.
  4. When you have to review a DNF ( Didn't Finish )

    There will be times when you think a book would be something you'd like to read but turns out totally not for your liking. That's when I'd recommend to just keep it away and get a refund while you can.

    There are times when you just end up with something you actually despise. Not everyone likes every genres and not all like the same sort of narration or writing style. With books it all depends upon the author, how the narration is, how the writing style is, how is the quality of the vocabulary, the quality of the content, etc. You can't really be a good samaritan and justify everything in this world. If you don't like you just don't.

    Personally, I avoid reviewing DNF books unless there's some professional obligation or something I think might help author writing a better story. I try to write a few lines at max and just tell that I didn't like it with a hope it could've been better. Usually, authors appreciate constructive criticisms but at times some authors can be a bit sensitive and not appreciate your efforts no matter now honest and sincere, so don't bother leaving a review if you think it was a good read but not your type.

    If there's issues with production quality and some other technical issues then feel free to write a line or two about it but if it is about the content, my advice would be just let it be. You don't have to like a particular book.
  5. How to give constructive criticism in a review

    There's a huge and let me repeat a humongous difference in hating a book and giving constructive criticism. Actually there's nothing as such as constructive criticism. It is just criticism. The word itself means you are trying to give an constructive feedback.

    Now, when you wish to give your feedback and don't want it to be looked as a hate speech, be as factual as possible. If you don't like a story, try explaining why if you like writing lengthy reviews. If you find any plot holes do mention them, if something's amiss with the characters again repeat.

    Don't just write 'I didn't like it / It is rubbish / It is crap / This isn't a good read / save your money and don't waste on it.' and call it a critique. This is demeaning and not a fine critique at all. If you can't explain with facts it is not criticism, at the least for me. I don't know if anyone else calls it critiquing.
  6. Write a spoiler free review.

    Writing a review is very easy when you are talking about all characters, plot holes, etc. But at the same time when your aim is to give a spoiler free review, it becomes a super hard task to make it look convincing why you loved a book so much and some other not at all.

    To the people who read your review it should be evident that how much you liked a particular book and other not at all. There are a few handy tricks that you can use to write a spoiler free review.

    Talk about the story but generalise it as far as possible. Give examples from common and very popular shows without revealing much of the main story book. Like you find a fantasy book about dragons and werewolves you can try explaining it with Game of Thrones and Twilight examples.

    If it is a mystery, ensure you don't reveal the mystery afterall or the one who reads your review might seriously hate you, haha. If it is something quite common then you can use some elements from the story since it would be a contemporary fiction afterall. You can use the things which are mentioned in the blurb on the back of the book since it won't account as spoiler anyway.
  7. Write a review full of spoilers

    This comes as a very easy task for most but it is quite tricky to write a review in a way someone will actually go and bother to read a book. Remember, you are writing a review and not a 1 page summary of the book.

    Use the key plot points to enhance your review and not make it a mini book itself. Also try exploring the possibilities of how the plot could've been more interesting, more fun to read. You can use the quotes from the book to make it fun and keep in mind that quote is one a few lines at max and not a paragraph.

    Don't be the one who just dumps the blurb inside a review and calls it a day. People can read and understand the blurb of the book on their own. Talk about the story more without revealing the whole of it like showing a tip of the iceberg. Make it like a trailer which would make someone buy the book.
  8. Writing a mini review

    At times you won't like writing huge paragraphs or have the space for it. That's when you have to just sum everything up in a few lines.

    Write one line about how much you liked it / what you liked in the book. Write one line on feedback or just skip it and write one more on what you liked, if you aren't in a mood to write a critique. End it with a line where you talk about things you didn't like / could've been better.

Do comment and share your thoughts about it! I'd love to know what do you think. Also, I'd keep updating it quite often so do follow the Website to get all the updates by clicking here.

Also, a minor headsup.... Obsessed is free to read on Kindle Unlimited! Do check it out. I'd be glad to read your reviews!
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