How To Write A Book Review And Help Your Audience

How To Write A Book Review And Help Your Audience - Learning how to write a book review can help you connect with influencers, become a thought leader and really help your audience with useful resources

How To Write A Book Review And Help Your Audience - Learning how to write a book review can help you connect with influencers, become a thought leader and really help your audience with useful resourcesWhy would you want to write a book review, you ask?

Several reasons here:

  • You anyway read books and you can leverage that by writing reviews for them and create nice content for your blog
  • You can help your audience decide whether it’s a book that can help them
  • You can establish yourself as a go-to person for book reviews, and authors could start contacting you to review advance copies for them (you also get these copies for free, sot that’s a plus too 🙂 )
  • You can establish relationships with authors and that can lead to many magic things in future

With all that said, how do you write a book review? What’s the best book review format?

These are the sections which I found that an objective book review should have after quite a bit of research (you can check out some of the book reviews I wrote here and here):

1. Introduction: this one’s obvious. This is where you introduce the book. It would be cool if you could weave into it some kind of a hook to make the readers intrigued to continue reading.

Make a shocking or a contrasting statement, or even better, take a peculiar quote from the book itself which makes it enticing to read further.

2. Section about the author: you need to make sure you explain who the author is. If the author is a star, a well-known person or a celebrity, then his or her stardust will spill over onto the book itself.

It’s sometimes even equally important to “sell” the author as well as the book because it gives weight to the book as well. Make sure you cover the author’s background and provide any clickable links to their blog or website or a company that they run.

3. What the book is really about: here you should explain what the main premise of the book is and illustrate it with the 3-5 key points that the author raises or explains.

That’s why it’s good that you make notes or highlights while you are reading the book on what points could go into this section. It really is not a science – you already are probably doing that, but just make sure you single out a few of the main points that really nail down the premise of the whole book here.

4. What you liked about the book: here you should explain what struck you about the book that made you sit down and write a review to share with and help your audience.

It can be the sheer number of practical examples the author gives, or a particular style of writing that makes it a pleasure to read, or the fact the author made a difficult topic seem rather simple through the use of case studies. You get the idea.

It should be something truly objective, otherwise you would just be a factual reporter if you don’t write this section.

5. What you didn’t like about the book: many people shy away from this section as they just want to be nice with everybody, but if you indeed want to write a proper review of anything, be it a book, or a product, or a service, you won’t be found to be objective if you just sing praises to it.

I’m not saying here to invent something that is lacking or imagine problems with the book. I’m saying that you should try and objectively consider what really could have been done just a little bit better, or if there’s anything that might not be useful to a particular segment of the audience.

It can happen that a certain niche market was not covered if it is a “how to” book. Or it may happen that something the author explains does not exist or functioning any more, or that a part of the book was more theoretical and lacking in examples.

You should try and be objective about it, and write it in an appropriate and respectful way. Do not slam the authors and do not be hater. Nobody needs that. You’ll not be helping anyone.

6. Conclusion: would you recommend the book? Say it here in a direct and nice way, giving objective explanation why you think it can help (or not) your readers. Here is the place where you can put the link which they can click and check out the book themselves.

7. Disclaimers: if you got the advance review copy for free, say so. It will be an objective statement and a disclaimer where you can make sure your audience understands you are doing an unbiased review even though you got the free copy.

You can do this either in the section 1. (Introduction), or at the end of the review as a note.

In addition, if you are an affiliate for the book, meaning you will get a commission if the reader buys it, say so. Always be transparent.

8. Book image: you can either take a screenshot of the book from one of the websites, or you can ask the author for the media kit, or you can embed the code from Amazon which enables readers to preview it or buy right from your review page.

You can get it by clicking the Embed link here:

And pasting the code into your review page where where you see fit. You cans see how I did it here.

That’s it on how to write a book review, hope you find this helpful.

Any other ideas on writing book reviews? Share your thoughts.

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