Writing a book review is one of the fastest ways of publication. Book reviews are a good way of improving one’s writing skills and developing good analytical skills, learning more about editors and learning the procedure of journal processing. Most people and libraries will not buy books until they have seen reviews of it since they use the reviews as a basis of judgement as to whether or not to buy the books. Scholars often come together and assign books for review to ensure that each book that is published in the field is reviewed. Thus, book review advances one’s’ field.
The first and most important step in writing a good book review is to choose the book to review. It is important to think about a book that would be useful when writing your dissertation or in doing final exams. It is important to choose a book that can work for you twice both as a research and as a publication. A Taming of the Shrew essay, for instance should be versatile enough to meet this requirement. It is also advisable for graduate students to focus on reviewing anthologies or textbooks because they require less background knowledge to review. The chosen book should be within your field and has been published within the last two or three years.
It is a good idea to be an active reader of a book when writing its review. Read while summarizing statements that are important or portray the purpose of the book and the arguments that you identify. Reading and making a summary allows one to do the book review in a straightforward and quick way. It is best to summarize paper and pen rather than a computer because it has less frictions and drifting. Some of the important arguments to take note of are the title of the book, table of contents, the preface, and the index of the book. Some of the pointers to identify while reading the book are its arguments, whether or not it is well written, the terms of the book, who benefit from reading the book, how accurate the information is, whether or not the book relates to a current trend or debate in the fields, and make comparison of the book to other books in the same field.
One needs to identify different journals in the field of the book that publishes book reviews. It is important to contact the editors of the book review at prospective journals and determine the qualification for reviewing the book. It is also important to contact the editor since you can the book for free directly from them
When writing a book review, one should aim at an average of one thousand words. Most range between six hundred and two thousand words. Making a long book review is not constructive and is discouraged. A review can be written in an average period of one month whereby two weeks are spent reading the book, one week is spent planning the review and finally the last one week is used to write the article.
When writing a book review one should evaluate the information. It is not practical to cover everything in the book. You should be careful not to judge the book by your own intentions and you should not spend too much time focusing on gaps. Another important factor to consider is not using too many quotes from the book. A good way of practising how to write reviews is by creating a blog where you write short book reviews and forward to editors or magazines. Book reviewing is quite easy if you have a passion for it.