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Blogging Tip : How to Write a Book Review Part II, Book Review Checklist


This is my first “Checklist Post” and I’m sure it’s not the last. I’m crazy about checklists, surely because I tend to forget things :). I hope you find it helpful. It includes tips from book bloggers Karen and Trish.

  • Images
    • Feature image/thumbnail [usually book cover]
    • Author picture [optional]
    • Other [optional]: promotional images, author picture, reading challenge, giveaway, etc.
  • Book Information from Goodreads/Amazon
    • Title
    • Author
    • Other [optional, I think I may  just post title and author, readers can find the rest of the information through the link]: Publisher, Genre, Source (ARC, Purchase, etc.), Format, ISBN, Language, etc.
  • Goodreads/Amazon rating
  • Goodreads/Amazon description
  • Author short bio [optional]
  • One paragraph summary:
    • What is the story about
    • What is the Setting?
    • What are the main characters
  • My check marks rating and full review






  • Edit/Proofreading
  • Links
  • Categories
  • Tabs
  • Publish!
  • Post in other review pages
  • Post in social media
    • Facebook
    • Google+
    • Twitter
    • Pinterest
    • Tumblr
  • Notify author of the review [Optional]
  • Get another book
  • Read
  • Repeat 🙂

Tips from the blogosphere

how the book made me feel. Some books are able to draw emotion from me without seemingly intentional. Did it flow well? Do the characters stay true to who they start off as or was there believable character growth? . – Kissing Blue Karen

My tip is to mix it up. Don’t just have one review format, change it up all the time. That way you don’t get bored and it doesn’t feel forced.. – Trish, Between my Lines

Thank you Karen and Trish!

Now off to finish my next review… The Fallen Series

Are you a book bloggers/reviewers… What is in your own check list? leave a comment. I would love to hear from you 🙂

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  1. I like the conlcusion : “get another book, read, repeat”, lol ! I’m a crazy checklist addict too, I’ll be sure to never miss yours, thanks for the tips 😉
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  2. This is a great reference tool for someone like myself who is new to book blogging. Thank you for this list!
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  3. I try to vary my book reviews, but I feel like the basics at the top have to be covered, especially for an ARC. I like to include the emotional impact also, if it is strong. I have a hard time with saying the writing is really bad, which is actually a discussion post I’m working on. It’s hard to give constructive criticism to a first time author who has also been communicating with you And I wonder if the writing style is just my own problem and others will like the book, because I like the story, just not the writing.
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  4. That pretty much sums it up! I am very anti-checklist in life, but I still follow pretty much all of these steps. 🙂
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