This is how you should write a book review.

Ha ha, I got you with that title- didn't I?  (Look at me being all clever and controversial to get you to click!)

Ok, so I will admit it.  I am a terrible book reviewer.  I will read books, and then wait like 2 months to write the review (if you are new- this is NOT the way to do it).  So I get around to doing the review and I have absolutely NO IDEA what to write.  It isn't that I can't remember the book- I just have no idea where to start.  And then I do the best thing possible- I avoid- and I read 5 other books.  Do you see a pattern here?  I end up with a stack of books read and no reviews written.

I know I can't be the only one out there who makes this mistake... right?  Well, I am going to offer hopefully a good "cheat sheet" to help you write an awesome review (or at least get you started).  And if I am the only one who does this... well I am helping myself!

Coranne's Absolutely Useful Book Review Questionnaire:
Guaranteed to Help You Write a Somewhat Stunning Book Review in a Snap
 ****Because I know SOMEONE out there is going to say, "OH so this chick Coranne thinks SHE is the be all end all to writing book reviews and is now telling us how we are supposed to write book reviews".  First of all, calm down.  Second of all, no.  Third of all, see the paragraphs above- this is just to HELP you out if you have a total brain fart, as I tend to do writing book reviews!  Fourth of all, chocolate glitter cupcake ponies.

1.  What is the name of the book?  
2.  Who wrote it?
3. What is the genre?
4. Who is the intended audience?
5. How does this book fit in with the author's past books?
6. What was your overall impression of the book (keep it short!)?
7. What was the main character like?
8. How did the main character interact with the other characters?
9. Were there any relationships?  What were they like?
10. What did you think about the romance/ lack of romance in the book?
11. World building- how did it go?  Was there any historical context given to the characters and setting to create a complete world?
12. Have the characters shown any growth or change?  Do you see any reasoning behind why the author made the characters do the things they did?
13. Was the plot exciting/ boring?
!4. Was the plot mostly action/ conversation/ something else?
15.  How did the book flow?  Did the author have good mojo the whole way through or did it lag in bits?
16. Did it give you the feels? (Look at me being all hip and using teenspeak!)
17. How was the ending?  Is there an obvious sequel?  Tons of loose ends?
18. Who would you suggest this book to?  
19. Would you read this book again?

So tell me, what other questions would you add?  I would love to hear from you- do you ever get the brain toots when you have to write a review? 


  1. You are not alone!! I find myself going to write a review and then i get lost in reading other people's posts and visiting their websites.

    I also is make a mention of what book number in the series it is and whether or not it could be read as a stand alone or should you read the other books first. Like if it is book two, do you need to read book one in order to understand what is going on or could you just pick it up and read it and not be lost.

    One other thing is did the character stay true to how they were portrayed. Many authors will start out with a kick-ass character but someplace along the line will turn them into a whiney pushover. To me it is important that the characters stay true to themselves.

    Thanks for the post!

    1. Thanks for the suggestions- you are totally right. Sometimes I like just being able to pick up book two without having to read the first (sometimes it feels like such a chore to have to read all the previous books just to get to the one I want).

      And you are doubly right about the characters. One of my big problems with books is when a character does something that is so completely not like them that I can't get over it.

      Excellent suggestions and thanks for reading!

  2. I've been guilty of that a time or two. Mostly with books that I didn't love. I like your list, though. That's pretty handy. :)

    1. Thanks! I wish I was only guilty a time or two... it is more like a time or two a week ha ha!

  3. I love your list of questions. Great for those that may be interested in getting into book reviewing and for me, as a writer, it's helpful to see the various ways a book is looked at for a review.

    1. I didn't think about it that way- but I am glad it helped! :D

  4. I always seem to comment on the pacing of a novel, especially if I feel like something was off about it (like, nothing happened for half the novel, and then suddenly everything happens all at once and I'm struggling to keep up). For some reason, this has been happening more often lately.

    1. Truth. What is up with that? I have noticed it alot too- it drives me nuts!

  5. I don't write reviews all that often because I'm just not all that good at doing them. I would love to just say, "Hey, this is a great book. Read it!" and have people read it. There

    1. Ha ha ha! I feel the same way! I wish I had enough authority for people to listen to me like that. That would be so awesome- I could be the Oprah of YA fiction.

  6. THANK YOU for this post! I have wanted to write reviews for every single book that I have read, but honestly I draw a big fat blank almost every time I try. And when I actually get the words out, the review comes out a big old jumbled, rambling mess. I like the list of questions that you posed. It is a great "cheat sheet". So, honestly, thank you. I am printing this bad boy out and laying it next to my computer every time I go to write a review. Hopefully, reviews will be overflowing!

    1. I totally feel like all of my reviews are big jumbled messes even after I hit publish. I am so glad this cheat sheet helped! If you do decide to start reviewing- link me up! I would love to read them!

  7. I love all the questions I will try to remember them when I write my next book review. I usually write book reviews as soon as i'm done reading a book or 1-3 days after but I always have a hard time trying to figure out what I should say in my review. Thank you!

  8. I am an avid reader and have always wanted to start reviewing the books I read, but I have no idea where to start! This is a great post to help people get their thoughts on to paper (or you know, the proverbial "paper"...since this is the internet). Like many others, and yourself, I just don't know where to start! Great post!

  9. I do something similar, I write bullet points and then it sits in a notebook until I try to make some sense out of it. I end up thinking too much! Your post really helps, it's supposed to be fun, sharing what you think about a book, not a chore.

  10. What good tips! If I ever decide to start reviewing I'll definitely be looking these up :)

  11. I always like seeing who you'd recommend a book to-would it be to someone who loves action or prefers character-driven dramas? Someone who likes beautiful language or someone who wants a plot? I find those notes very helpful.


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