Students are often required to write book reviews. Writing a book review is not only about summarizing the book but you have to write a critical discussion about the book. Your reading should be analytical. A book review describes what is in the book, analyzes how the book tried to achieve its purpose and express your opinions in a unique way. Readers are always interested in the book you have reviewed, whether you have loved the book or not. You should give your honest and detailed thoughts while reviewing the book.
Read the book and take notes
Read the book, which you are reviewing. If possible read the book multiple times, it will help you to explore different aspects of the ideas that the author has explained in his books. Take the notes of the impressions and thought that has come to your mind while reading the book.
Think about the genre of the book
Think about the category of the book. From what point of view the book is written. Familiarize yourself with the field of study by reading other books. For example, if you are reviewing a book about a certain disease, read other books about the same disease to gain the knowledge about that disease.
Themes of the book
Determine the theme of the book. The author may present many themes in his books, it is important to explore all the themes and understand what the author is trying to explain. For identifying the theme, pay close attention to the quotes and preface in the book.
Compare the writing style of the author with the theme of the book. Ask yourself the question whether this writing is suitable for this genre and the audience you are addressing. The writing style is the manner in which the subject is expressed and performed.
Notes of the format
Make notes of the format of the book. Layout, typography, and binding can provide the context of the book. If there are secondary materials in the book such as the diagram, maps, tables, and drawings, take the notes of that material.
The uniqueness of the book
Think about how unique the book is. Ask yourself, is it giving a new information? Alternatively, it is explaining the already existing information or trying to challenge that information. Think how the book is different from other books
Is it successful?
Does the author and the book, achieved the purpose? Has the book made any impact? Has it succeeded in trying to convince the readers and do you agree or disagree with the author’s point of view? In the end, ask yourself are you satisfied with the ending of the book and will you recommend it to others?
In your academic life, you have to write reviews of many books. You will find some books interesting and some not. If a book is interesting, you will enjoy reading and review it but if, it is not interesting, above mentioned are few tips, that could help you to review book.