These links suggest common book discussion questions. Use them to get started in your small group discussions.
What is a Book Review?
A book review encapsulates the content, theme, and overall success of a book and does so in a brief and engaging manner. It provides enough detail to inform and interest a reader without divulging plot twists or endings. A good book review is not just a plot summary. It places the book in a context for a potential reader. A book review is a brief, critical evaluation comprised of three main elements:
Start with a concise plot/content summary. What happened? To whom? When? You don’t want to re-tell the entire book, but in a few well-chosen sentences, summarize the main events and/or overarching journey of the book, with no spoilers. In addition to the plot summary what were the main themes or motifs of the book?
Critical commentary relies upon analysis. The book reviewer moves from what happened to how effective was the book? It evaluates the quality, significance, and merit of the book. It asks what the book contributes to the field it addresses. Look at the considerations below for specific examples of elements you might use in a critical analysis.
To whom would you recommend this book? How would you qualify your recommendation?
Elements for Critical Anaylsis
Consider the Audience
Format & Genre
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