Book Report


A book report may best be defined by what it is not. It is not simply a restatement of the contents of the original work. A book report summarizes main ideas, but it also provides interpretation and evaluation based upon the context of the original work and its purpose and intended audience. Of course, book reports themselves have a purpose and audience; therefore the form and content of the book report will vary accordingly. The links below provide explanations and examples.


Online Resources

Book Reviews

George Mason University, Department of History

Writing Book Reviews

Indiana University Writing Tutorial Services

Steps for Writing a Good Book Review

St. Cloud State University, Literacy Education Online

Critical Reviews

University of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center

How to Write a Book Report and a Book Review

Concordia University Libraries

How to Write a Book Review, Film Review, or Other Critique

Brittanny Harrison, in collaboration with Barbara Hardie, Western Carolina University Writing Center