Drewry, John. Writing Book Reviews. Boston: The Writer, 1974.

Developing relationships with book clubs, review blogs and the like will give you access to a group of people that support your writing. This isn’t you talking about your own book. These are avid book readers eager to tell their audience how great your book is. Book reviewers are also great beta readers. Instead of running to a friend with plot ideas, try a book reviewer instead.

The year’s best books, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.

The student describes the subject of the book and provides an accurate summary of its contents. But the reader does not learn some key information expected from a review: the author’s argument, the student’s appraisal of the book and its argument, and whether or not the student would recommend the book. As a critical assessment, a book review should focus on opinions, not facts and details. Summary should be kept to a minimum, and specific details should serve to illustrate arguments.


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The best book covers of the year, as chosen by the art director of The New York Times Book Review.

A book review is an opinion, summary, or scholarly review of an author’s literary work. Books are reviewed for newspapers, magazines, blogs, and websites or even just for family and friends. If you’re a writer and wondering the best way to get your book in front of a group of avid readers, book reviews are the way to go!


This handout will help you write a book review, a report or essay that offers a critical perspective on a text. It offers a process and suggests some strategies for writing book reviews.What follows is a series of questions to focus your thinking as you dig into the work at hand. While the questions specifically consider book reviews, you can easily transpose them to an analysis of performances, exhibitions, and other review subjects. Don’t feel obligated to address each of the questions; some will be more relevant than others to the book in question.A review is a critical evaluation of a text, event, object, or phenomenon. Reviews can consider books, articles, entire genres or fields of literature, architecture, art, fashion, restaurants, policies, exhibitions, performances, and many other forms. This handout will focus on book reviews. For a similar assignment, see our handout on .A book review focuses on one book-length text and briefly summarizes its contents, identifying its or main argument(s), and establishing the degree of success with which the author supports his or her claims.