How to write great book reviews

How to write G-R-E-A-T book reviews? Here at Good Good Study HQ, we found some tips for you to write great book reviews.


This is important. A honest good review helps people to review your review and be in the known of a book is or isn’t going to be a good read to them. Just think about it, JK Rowling writes (another) book, and you are the ‘reviewing body’ – normally those two words associated with authorities like judges, government officials… You have the duty of guiding people.


The following tips are grouped to fiction and nonfiction. Please pick the one that suits the genre of your book. Pick 2-3 points from this list to start writing your review. (Okay, if you can pick 5.) Answer the questions in full sentences. Elaborate and develop your arguments.


Once you have finished, please check spelling and punctuation. Then think of one line summary to sum up your review.


Now here is the magic. We will assemble your review based on your answers. And that is your review!


We would suggest write a review as soon as you finish the book, don’t wait. And you should spend no more than 30 minutes writing it.


Top Tips

If you find the book has too much information to answer the questions, try focus on one chapter that you like/don’t like most.


  1. What character do like the most in your book? Why?
  2. What do you predict will happen next in this story? What information in the text helped you make that prediction?
  3. What is the main problem of the story? If you know, how was the problem solved?
  4. Would you like to be a character in this story? Why or why not?
  5. Is what you read believable? Why or why not?
  6. Pretend you are interviewing the main character of the story. What two questions would you ask them?
  7. If you could trade places with one of the characters, who would it be? Why?
  8. Summarize what you read. What were the most important events?
  9. How do you feel about this story? Would you recommend it to someone else? Why or why not?
  10. Is there anything you would change about this story?


  1. What is the selection you read mainly about?
  2. What did you learn from this book (selection)?
  3. Why did the author probably write this book (or chapter)? How do you know?
  4. What was the main idea of what you read? What were the supporting details that told you more about the main idea?
  5. How and where could you find out more information about the topic read about?
  6. What else would you like to know about the topic you read about?
  7. Were there any text textures that helped you better understand your reading? What were they and how did they help you?
  8. What did you find interesting about this selection?
  9. What do you remember most about the selection you read?