Writing book reviews can be very daunting. Coming from someone who is fairly new to writing book reviews especially. I personally find it much easier to have a solid structure from which to form my reviews. This means I stay focused on the important elements of the book and furthermore remain fair to the author and their work. So here is my guide to structuring a book review!
Start By Outlining The Book
I always begin my book reviews by outlining what the book is about. This straight away gets to the point of the review. Moreover, it enables the reader to know what the book is about without having to sift through any fluff to get to the point. Do avoid including any major spoilers though!
Distinguish the different elements of the book
I like to do a paragraph on the characters and world building and then a separate section on the plot and story elements. I chose to focus on these because I feel like they are the most important part of a book for me. I need to feel connected to the story, characters and world to enjoy a book. What are the most important elements of a book for you? Is it the writing style? The artwork? The cover? There are so many different parts that make a book whole. Focus on the most important ones to you and write about your experience with them.
Be Fair To the Author
Even if I absolutely despised a book I will always try to remain professional and fair to the author of the work. At the end of the day whether I liked it or not that person poured blood, sweat and tears into that book. I personally feel like I should respect that and I encourage others to do the same. Even if you disliked 90% of the book, try to think of at least one thing you did like and mention it. Try to avoid being insulting or offensive.
End with a short summary and rating
Conclude by summarising all your points and giving an overall rating. This is a nice way to bring everything together at the end and tie up any loose ends. Giving a rating gives your readers a general idea of how much you liked the book.
How do you structure a book review? What elements of a book are the most important to you? Comment down below!