Writing a book review

Do you remember the first time you were told to write a book report? I do. I remember getting a bad grade on it too. I copied a lot of my report from the back cover of the paperback, and spent the rest of the paper re-telling the story verbatim. I didn't go about it the right way.

In college I did much better on the book reviews. I guess it was there that I discovered that the professor already read the book, so I didn't need to tell them all about what happened. Instead, I needed to react to what I was reading and write about that instead. My grades improved.

This year is 2012. I have set a goal for myself to read 12 books this year. The books might be from all types of genres, and may be printed on paper, electronically, or even in audio version. Just get through 12 books.

I had a similar goal in 2011. 11 books. I may have read 3, but I know I didn't finish any of them. So, in an effort to make myself finish the task this year, I will be writing some type of book review on each.

Now, don't expect me to submit a works cited page, or document which page and chapter each thought was derived from, because I won't be doing any of that. I will however, commit to reacting to what I have read and writing it down. Even if it's not useful to you, I anticipate it being useful to me as I reflect back on the books I have gotten anything from. And no, I will not copy anything from the back cover.

Wish me luck! Look for the first review soon, because I have to get going on it.

1 comment:

  1. Looking forward to seeing what you read. If you need any recommendations, let me know!