Writing the 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.

Book Reviews

George Mason University, Department of History


Writing Book Reviews

Indiana University Writing Tutorial Services


Guide to Writing Book Reviews

James C. Bradley, on the University of South Dakota Web site


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


All About Book Reviews: A Guide for Undergraduate Students

University of Saskatchewan.  Includes an example review


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