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Steps for Writing a Good Book Review. Introduce the subject, scope, and type of book. Identify the book’s author and title. Specify the type of book (for example, fiction, nonfiction, biography, autobiography). Mention the book's theme .

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introduce the subject scope and type of book
Introduce the subject, scope, and type of book
  • Identify the book’s author andtitle.
  • Specify the type of book (for example, fiction, nonfiction, biography, autobiography).
  • Mention the book's theme.
  • Give background information to enable reader(s) to place the book into a specific context.
briefly summarize the content
Briefly summarize the content
  • Provide an overview, including paraphrases and quotations, of the book's thesis and primary supporting points.
provide your reactions to the book
Provide your reactions to the book
  • Describe the book: Is it interesting, memorable, entertaining, instructive? Why?
  • Respond to the author's opinions: What do you agree with? And why? What do you disagree with? And why?
  • Explore issues the book raises: What possibilities does the book suggest? Explain. What matters does the book leave out? Explain.
provide your reactions to the book1
Provide your reactions to the book
  • Relate your argument to other books or authors: Support your argument for or against the author's opinions by bringing in other authors you agree with.
  • Relate the book to larger issues: How did the book affect you? How have your opinions about the topic changed? How is the book related to your own course or personal agenda.
conclude by summarizing your ideas
Conclude by summarizing your ideas
  • Close with a direct comment on the book, and tie together issues raised in the review.
  • Briefly restate your main points and your thesis statement if your teacher requires it.
  • If you like, you can offer advice for potential readers.
reading the book
Reading the book
  • When you read, your critical faculty should be alert
  • Take notes as you read
questions to ask as you read
Questions to ask as you read

Authority / Objectivity

  • What are the author's subject and the broad field into which the work fits?
  • What approach does the author take to the subject? What is the central thesis? What are the author's assumptions? What methodology is used?
  • What are the author's primary sources? How comprehensive is the research?
questions to ask as you read1
Questions to ask as you read

Audience

  • For whom is the book written? Fellow scholars? Non-academics?
  • Is the book appropriate to its audience?
questions to ask as you read2
Questions to ask as you read

Style

  • How is the book structured? Is its development orderly and logical? Is it clear?
  • Is the author's prose readable? Exceptionally good? Does the author have an intrusive style?
  • Does the book have illustrations? An index? Bibliography? What other features does it have? Are they effective and useful?
  • How appropriate is the book's title? Does it promise essentially what the book delivers?
questions to ask as you read3
Questions to ask as you read

Scope / Purpose / Content

  • Why was the book written? Has the author met these objectives?
  • How does the author prove the thesis and main points?
  • What evidence does the author provide to support his or her argument (sources, data, personal anecdotes, etc)? Is this evidence convincing?
questions to ask as you read4
Questions to ask as you read
  • Are you aware of factual errors in the book? Oversights?
  • What is your personal response to the book? Is it satisfying to read? Is it enjoyable? Convincing? Why? If it isn't, why not?
  • What is your final assessment? Would you buy this book or recommend it to others?
web resources
Web resources
  • University of South Dakota. Guide to Writing Book Reviews
  • Dalhousie University Libraries. How to Write a Book Review 
  • Memorial University Libraries. How to Write a Book Review
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison. Writing Center Writer's Handbook
  • University of Waterloo Library Writing Book Reviews
  • Indiana University-Bloomington Writing Tutorial Services
  • http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/bookrev/tips.htm
  • http://www.lavc.edu/Library/bookreview.htm
  • http://astro.ocis.temple.edu/~rimmerma/256revs.html
list of suggested books available at diwan and dar el shorouk
List of Suggested Books (Available at Diwan and Dar El shorouk)
  • The Secret- Rhonda Byrne
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul- Jack Canfield
  • Everything Happens for a Reason- Mira Kirshenbaum
  • The World is Flat- A Brief History of the 21st Century- Thomas Friedman
  • Whatever Happened to the Egyptians –Galal Amin
  • Whatever Else Happened to the Egyptians- Galal Amin
  • Taxi- Khaled el Khamisi (English or Arabic)
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People- Stephen Covey
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People- Dale Carnegie
  • Who Moved My Cheese- Spencer Johnson
  • 3ayza Atgawez- Ghada abdel Al
  • What the Arabs Think of America-Andrew Hammond
  • Arab Television Today- Naomi Sakr
  • Daughters of the Nile-Hind Wassef and Nadia Wassef
  • Secrets from the Sand. My Search for Egypt’s Past- Zahi Hawass
list of suggested books available at diwan and dar el shorouk1
List of Suggested Books (Available at Diwan and Dar El shorouk)
  • Eat, Pray, Love. Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Tipping Point. Malcolm Gladwell
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