Drewry, John. Writing Book Reviews. Boston: The Writer, 1974.
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Tina Chan is the Assistant Coordinator of Reference at SUNY Oswego. She writes book reviews for Choice, Library Journal, and Children's Literature Comprehensive Database. She has also written reviews for ARLIS/NA Reviews, NMRT Footnotes, and the Asian American Studies section of Resources for College Libraries as a peer reviewer.
How to Write a Review (with Pictures) - wikiHow
Writing reviews takes time. People need to figure out where they are going to leave the review and what they need to say. As a result, many people do not write a review for company – unless they are asked.
As a reviewer, you bring together the two strands of accurate, analytical reading and strong, personal response when you indicate what the book is about and what it might mean to a reader (by explaining what it meant to you). In other words, reviewers answer not only the WHAT but the SO WHAT question about a book. Thus, in writing a review, you combine the skills of describing what is on the page, analyzing how the book tried to achieve its purpose, and expressing your own reactions.Some disciplines require that you use information that is as current as possible. In the sciences, for instance, treatments for medical problems are constantly changing according to the latest studies. Information even two years old could be obsolete. However, if you are writing a review in the humanities, history, or social sciences, a survey of the history of the literature may be what is needed, because what is important is how perspectives have changed through the years or within a certain time period. Try sorting through some other current bibliographies or literature reviews in the field to get a sense of what your discipline expects. You can also use this method to consider what is currently of interest to scholars in this field and what is not.Whenever you're asked to decide whether something is good or bad--and then explain why on paper--you're being asked to write a *review* or *evaluation*. This is a valuable style of writing to learn, because even if you don't wind up writing book reviews for a living, you will still need to make big decisions as an adult about which car or house to buy, or which college to attend. The kind of thinking you need to use in writing reviews is the kind of thinking you need to make intelligent choices in life.ReadWriteThink couldn't publish all of this great content without literacy experts to write and review for us. If you've got lessons plans, videos, activities, or other ideas you'd like to contribute, we'd love to hear from you.