How to Review Books

Recently I published a tweet talking about how important it is to review the works you read. Every single book your reading deserves a review, whether it’s good, bad, or ugly. You owe it to the author to tell them what you thought. 

Another thing I get is “How do I review a book?” or “How do I make my review sound good?” 

And honestly, that isn’t something you should worry about. How did the book make you feel? What were things you personally liked or disliked about it?

Reviews are your way of telling the author that you enjoyed something they wrote or to criticize them constructively on things you didn’t like. Or even both at the same time. 

It is absolutely 100% okay to write a review that simply says “I really liked this story! I can’t wait to read more from you in the future!”

You don’t have to write a novel. All you have to do is give the author the praise and recognition they deserve.

10 thoughts on “How to Review Books

  1. I’ve discovered that most readers are too shy or are just unable to write a review. They just feel inadequate to the task. It’s a lot to put your name out there and attach it to a review. I understand it as I was one of those people so I get it. But of course we writers do feel frustrated at times.

    1. A lot of my friends have this problem. I do too! I actually don’t review books under my own name unless someone explicitly asks me to then I’ll post them on my blog and promo stuff.

      I guess the more you do it the easier it becomes. Because man I used to never review stuff cause it was scary and I didn’t want people to read it or respond to me.

      Holy heck can I relate. I guess it’s hard to see both sides when you’re sitting in the whole “AUGH I NEED REVIEWS” part of your book writing.

      Though my current problem isn’t my reviewers. It’s Amazon deleting every single one of my reviews. :'(

    1. Oh, do you buy on a separate account? Or do you just not buy on Amazon? I hate that they did that, but I get why. It wasn’t an issue for me because I spend way too much money on books on that site.

  2. I have a bad habit of not reviewing books but I am thinking of reviewing books for the author, for fans, for potential readers and so I can look back and be like wow this is how I felt about this book. Thank you for this post, it was really helpful and nicely written!

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