Reviews

Sources

Goodreads

Goodreads is very similar to a social networking site, in that it allows users to connect with each other to share thoughts and interests, but those thoughts and interests are focused on books. I chose this source because of its abundance of user reviews. The site and its reviews are reliable because the pieces available to read are provided by people like librarians and school teachers, and also the common recreational reader.

New York Times Book Reviews

The New York Times’ book section of their website includes reviews written not by users of the site, but by credible and skilled writers. The New York Times is clearly a reputable source and has been for decades, so it is not hard to trust their reviews on any form of entertainment. They even list book prices and where you can find the ones that they review.

Kirkus Reviews

Kirkus has written at the top of their website, “The World’s Toughest Book Critics,” which is both intimidating and makes me trust their reviews almost immediately. They have listed at the left side of the site, a list of genres to choose from for reviews. The reviewers of Kirkus are “specialists” who know what makes both good and terrible reads.

Instructional Sources

Mantex

Mantex gives detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to write a good review. The instructions are easy to comprehend and follow and can be used for all kinds of reviews, not just books. Separately from the steps, they also list some important do’s and don’ts of review writing and how to write reviews specifically for fiction.

LA Valley College Library

This site provides a step-by-step guide for writing book reviews, specifically. They list many possible things to think about while one is writing a book review that are important to improve the quality of it. The site also provides lists of questions to ask yourself while writing a review for specific genres.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Writing Center

The writing center’s page on how to write a review is not a list of steps to follow, but rather non-numbered  instructions alongside good examples of review writing. You can click on a specific area of review-writing that you need help with and go to that section of instruction. This college website includes understandable language and thorough tips on writing your reviews.

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