How to write a book review and like it!

girl-reading-a-bookI’ve posted several times how important book reviews are for authors. Good, bad, or indifferent – your opinion matters! I love featuring readers reviews on my blog ever Monday – The Book Reviewer Salute. Check out some of the posts to get ideas. Even if you think you can’t write a review, I believe you can. Sometimes all people need is a guideline. Here’s a short but good one. Of course you can customize it to your own tastes. Give it a try next time you finish a book and leave a review.

How to write a book review and like it!

What I think-
What did you think of the book? How did it make you feel? What about the book left an impression?

What other reviewers think-
If you follow other trusted reviewers, share a snippet of their review.

Who wrote it-
Tell a little bit about the author if you know something, especially if you’ve contacted them.

Who will read it-
This is where you get to recommend the book to others who might like it. Maybe it’s a certain genre, theme, setting, type of character…

Opening lines-
Share the opening sentence from the book. Opening lines are what usually hook a reader.

Notable passage-
Was there a quote from the book that stood out? Share it!

Rating-
If you want to rate the book, give it a star rating. If you’re post a review on Amazon or Goodreads or most places, their star rating is 1-5 with 5 being the highest.

If you have a favorite thing to include in a book review, share it in the comments!

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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