Book reviews might seem like a waste of time to the uninitiated or nothing but a thumbs-up on a website to others.
However, in general, book review is an engaging activity that requires a fair amount of time, thinking, and analysis.
It acts as a time saver for some people who refer to a book review before making a decision to read or purchase a book.
Central to this exercise is an overall critical evaluation of the book in terms of its title, author, place, publisher, publication date, edition, pages, special features (maps, etc.), price, Idea, style, approach, and technique, among other factors.
That said, within academic setting one’s approach might be quite different.
Here, it takes lots of time as it requires a more detailed research and can be very complex and time consuming.
Some common features of a book review include:
1) It gives the reader a concise summary of the content. This includes a relevant description of the topic as well as its overall perspective, argument, or purpose.
2) It offers a critical assessment of the content. This involves one’s reactions to the work under review.
3) In addition to analyzing the work, a review often suggests whether or not the audience would appreciate it.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
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