Question by  Vina98124 (69)

How do you write a book critique?

I have been asked to write a book critique for a work newsletter.


Answer by  BingLi (48)

The subject matter should be summarized, the objectives of the book clearly stated, the approach the author takes towards a final conclusion properly described. Does the writer seek to develop a reaction from the reader? Is this a reaction of understanding, or empathy, or simply prejudicial? The critique should be able to isolate this and state so.


Answer by  Erynn (1651)

There's a few things to consider; the first is that you don't want to write a synopsis or a summery. You want to compare the good and the bad from the book. Assess the writer's skills, the pitfalls, the surprises, and say without giving spoilers when possible. It's largely about your opinion and what aspects influenced it.


Answer by  HelpChat (494)

Read the book, or at least some of it Usually the introduction, conclusion, and first pages of each chapter will suffice. Describe it's topic, quality, and any highlights.


Answer by  liblady (366)

Provide a basic outline. Then write a bit about what you particularly liked, and perhaps a paragraph about the book's weaker point(s). Conclude on a positive note of summation.


Answer by  turkishtowel (455)

Read the book. Consider the audience: What do they care about? Would they enjoy reading this book? Then, answer accordingly.


Answer by  newgeneration (699)

Take notes while reading the book. Afterward, judge the book on factors you think are important - was it helpful for work? Was it user-friendly? Easy to read? Interesting?


Answer by  araenel (50)

Read a book. Write out your thoughts. How does it compare to other books you have read? What would you like better? What did you like best?

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