Last year, Amazon decided to open its first physical bookstore in Seattle. One of the criteria for the books to be sold in the store is that it must be rated 4 stars or above. The chosen books are displayed with the online rating and customer review. Hence, why writing a book review is so important.
This is not just an incentive for writers, but for those who read books as well. If you support any writer, a book review can be one of the most rewarding gifts you can give, besides purchasing their book. When I purchase any item online, I make sure to look at the reviews for the products before I make a final decision. Even when searching for recipes, I read the comments to find out if the recipe was a hit or what ingredients were used to modify to make it better.
If someone asks for a review of their book, don’t cringe because you feel you’re writing skills are not that good. A review doesn’t have to be professionally scribed. It is just your opinion of the work you purchased. It doesn’t have to be lengthy either. A few short lines will be appreciated by any writer.
Here are a few questions to consider and suggestions to assist when writing a poetry book review:
You can choose a favorite line from a poem and explain why you like it and use it as a simple review. If you want to get a little more technical, do a comparison of the contents if the poet has more than one book. You can write as little or as much as you want. What is most important is that you take some time to let a writer know their work was read. It is a small task that will be appreciated very much.
Written by: Donna J. Sanders
Donna is a freelance writer and blogger in West Palm Beach, FL. She is the author of Ataraxia – a poetry collection about the struggles we face, the state of the world and how to see beauty in the simplest things, and Cardboard Signs – poems to bring awareness about homelessness, mental illness, self-esteem and the injustices many face.
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