Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – Guest Posts – Robbie Cheadle – How to Write a Book Review

I am over at Sally Cronin’s delightful blog, Smorgasbord, today with a post about writing book reviews. I have set out my approach and thoughts in this regard and would love to know how other people write books reviews. Let us know in the comments.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Delighted to welcome back author and prolific book reviewer Robbie Cheadle, to share her criteria for writing a book review. I am sure useful for both authors who would like to know the key elements likely to be taken into account as well as fellow reviewers.

Prior to starting my blog in October 2016, I had only ever written a book review for school purposes. Those were grudge purchases and done with the aim of getting a good mark not highlighting for other readers the pros and cons of the book.

Since I started blogging, I have written over 150 book reviews and have gradually developed a method of assessing a book and a style of writing book reviews. Although I read all sorts of books from poetry and memoir to children’s books and thrillers and horror books. I read both classic books and contemporary novels.

I have five primary…

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17 thoughts on “Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – Guest Posts – Robbie Cheadle – How to Write a Book Review

    1. Thank you, Elizabeth. I usually review the books I read unless I dislike it so much that I don’t finish it. That is rare for me as I am a forgiving reader and I try to appreciate the good things in a book. I have learned to do this because my favourite genres are family dramas and classical books. I read many other genres so I always try to be fair and appreciate the items I wrote about in my psot.

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