Monday 15 May 2017

Best of the ACW Archives ~ What Makes a Good Book Review?

By Iola Goulton

Reviews are for readers.

The objective of a review is to help a potential reader decide whether or not they will like a particular book. Should they spend their hard-earned money buying this book? Is it worth their time to read? My time is valuable. I don’t want to waste hours reading a bad book, even a free book, when I could have been doing something more enjoyable (like scrubbing the toilet, or better still, reading a good book).

Over the years I have come to the conclusion that there are five main aspects that contribute to my enjoyment of a book, and these are the questions I try to address when I write a review.

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1 comment:

  1. I dislike reviews that reveal the whole plot, rather than tantalising a reader. And if written well, the shorter the better.


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