To Write a Great Book Review, I've included some tips below. As you read them, simply focus your attention on whichever point(s) stands out the most to you and write on that perspective. You are not expected to write about all of these bullet points, simply write on whatever sparks your inspiration or impacts you personally.
- Be Specific: Avoid generic summaries of the book's contents. Instead, be specific and use details.
- Be Personal: Discuss the aspects of the book that affected your life. What specifically stood out for you? Discuss how what the author said is important to you.
- Use Reasoning: Mention reasons why people should buy this book. For example, how does the author help encourage readers to solve their problems?
- Be Concise: Compliments are good, but great testimonials follow the 4 S’s. They are: specific, short, sizzling and signed. Avoid the 4 L’s. They are: long, lame, lazily-written and lacking in point.
- Be Objective: Don’t speak to the author in the testimonial. This weakens it.
- Be Focused: Try to focus on one central idea. This is stronger than skipping around discussing too many ideas.
- Quantify a Benefit: Give a specific, measurable benefit of reading the book. What rewards did you reap? Did your business grow? Did you get more clients? How many?
- Use Emotional Appeal: Paint a picture of the emotions you felt while reading this book and therefore, what other readers may experience while reading it.
- Create an Association: Connect the author or book with another person or work to create positive associations in the reader’s mind. (i.e.“He writes like Mozart composed music.”)
- Use a Common Phrase: (i.e. “Fasten your seat belt, this book is brimming with action.")
- Give the Reader a Leg Up: Show how the book gives a reader an edge. (i.e. “Every producer should read this before their clients do.”)
- Proofread: Read what you’ve written out loud. Many errors are caught this way.
- Look at other Amazon reviews: ...for inspiration and take a different angle.