These aspects are characteristics of good book reviews:
- well structured
- focuses on evaluating the book
- is written in accordance with the journal's guidelines for book reviews
- informs the reader of your view of the book
Book reviews should focus on evaluating the book. Academic articles, not book reviews, are the most appropriate place to advance your own arguments. Book reviews are also not the place to tell everyone how much you love or hate the person who wrote the book.
You may also wish to comment on the price of the book. If a book is good, but too expensive you may wish to say this. Some reviewers may criticise the author’s writing style or the editorial work on the book—if you wish to do this, remember to be polite.
Book reviews are usually short pieces of work (perhaps as little as 300 words). It can be very challenging to do all these things with so few words, but it is possible.
Writing a good book review is not an easy job. I've been writing book reviews regularly, for some years now. I am also a big consumer of book reviews. I suspect it is so because I am very grateful to this particular literary genre: my interest in classical liberalism was awakened by a book review, namely the review of the Italian translation of David Friedman's "The Machinery of Freedom". The author happened to be Sergio Ricossa, an outstanding economist and a brave fighter for economic liberty in Italy back when Keynesians were the right-wing of academia. Though I read it some 17 years ago, I do still remember the article: it was delightfully witty, as the book itself is.
How To Write A Good Book Review
A good book review does, of course, indicate (briefly!) what the book covers—i.e., the contents. The review should pay far more attention, however, to evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the book. The book review should ultimately answer the question: "Is this a good book that would be worth reading?
Wattpad is a good book review site. Wattpad is for everyone who wants to read a good book. It has no other goals then give you free reading material. I think the fact it has no other reason to exist other than to give authors an outlet to let readers get their material easily. Sometimes disseminating your work can be hard for an author. Wattpad makes this easier, but still some writers need to beg for people to read their work. Unfortunate as that is I still recommend it.• To understand what a book review is and is not
• To explore the characteristics of a good book review
• To be able to write a good book review for a journal or other publication