What’s a and What’s in a Book Review? By Dino Abbruzzese

Book reviews nowadays are not the same as before.

Book reviews in the “old school” days shows us a glimpse of what the story is, gives a lot of opinions about what the author is saying in some chapter of the book and the book reviewers would point a necessary key part in the story and then proceed with going the down the list of what the reviewer think the the author is saying.

Nowadays, James Woods was quoted as saying, “Awards are the new reviews”, this is like subtly persuading the readers about these low percentage number of books being here, here is what the country is talking about– so read them so you won’t be out of the loop. Awards for the hard bound literature, it seems, are no longer given to really good books, but what’s popular, what’s in and what are people talking about in the current day.

Shouldn’t we be discussing about what the story is about (content) and how does it relate to the author who created it. What was his inspiration? Style of writing? Review the book on it’s merit. I wish some book reviews are the “old school” ones. To evaluate the book based on content, writing style and merit based on the evaluator’s personal taste.

So to help book-reviews-wannabe’s here are my two cents in breaking down what’s in a book review:

1. Pick your poison:

Reflection upon the self. What do you like? What do you wanna write about? What you are, what you like and what you read is what will normally come into conversations. This will reflect on books you will read. You are what you choose. Self-explanatory. Moving on…

2. Write away! Right Away!

Start writing. It’s better to just write your first draft without thinking but with feeling. The words will come out of you naturally without inhibitions. The thinking, the organizing, the outlining will come out later. This is also a good attitude to remember if you wanna write an article or blogs.

3. Quotable Quotes:

Know when to do it and recognize the person who said it. This is understandable. Next…

4. Organize:

Know your basics — your introduction, body, conclusion

5. Quality Check:

This is getting feedback from people. You need people to come to your site, read your blog and get them to comment. For your improvement!