Researching and Outlining your Report

To start with your book report it is important that you understand guidelines and writing style thoroughly. It is necessary that you follow format for your report to look and feel professional. Before you begin with writing your manuscript analysis, you may get a glance of this post to understand more about how to write an evaluation in a professional manner.

  • Before you start with your report, read your assignment guidelines and requirements thoroughly. Understand what your teacher/professor has asked you to do and what format they have requested for evaluation. Once you are through details, only then begin writing analysis.
  • Once you understand what must be done, read paperback with complete and undivided attention. If possible, mark important words, take notes, highlight sentences that you feel are important and relevant for report.
  • After taking notes and marking important phrases, create an outline of analysis. The outline must reflect your overall idea of the manuscript and how you plan to write the report. If your report is a criticism of paperback or if it is simply about theme and story that book follows. In the outline, you must also discuss how you plan about drafting report.
  • Start with an introduction of book, in what setting and background story begins and how much effort has author put in pushing story to a perfect direction in the book. Once you have started with report, quote phrases and sentences from the book, and highlighted areas that you marked. After quoting important and relevant text in your evaluation, now you may move on to the next part.
  • To write body of the analysis, you must understand that this is going to be a detailed and in-depth analysis of the book. Hence, do not try to rush or finish it in a hurry. Go slowly with book and story, talk deeply about characters, theme that book creates, the flow and language of book and how well it is written. Many books have grammatical or spelling mistakes, thus you may also talk about editing.
  • Then you may talk about plot summary, how story unfolds and how characters unveil themselves. You may discuss about your personal perception of story and characters. Which character inspired you the most, and why? You may also discuss the loopholes in the story, if any.
  • Next, you may discuss theme of story. If the story is set in past or the future, you may talk about that. You can write whether author was able to justify the plot he tried to create, or it fell apart from the story?
  • Lastly, you may write about climax of story. Climax forms one of the most crucial and interesting parts of the analysis, and it should never be missed out. While talking about the climax, also discuss how apt it was as per your expectations, and whether you were shocked or surprised after reading the climax, or it was completely expected and boring. Climax is what makes book marketable and sellable, hence it must not be left out. While talking about climax, you may also present an alternate ending from your side, if possible. If you think climax of the book couldn’t be written finer, then just leave the book report there, and move towards ending it.
  • Lastly, write a conclusion about overall manuscript and story. The conclusion must be small and concise, not too much detailed. It should cover all aspects of the paperback analysis, but in a summarized manner.

Once you are done writing the entire report as per your satisfaction, you must start with proofreading the book for errors or spelling mistakes. Proofread yourself, rather you may consider hiring someone to get it proofread. A third-party is more capable of finding out mistakes in your text than you are. After complete proofreading, edit the book for any changes and polish your final work to perfection.

Finally, when you are completely satisfied with the evaluation, now you may go ahead and submit it.

Guide to writing a book report

If you are pursuing a course that demands you to read books and present accounts on them, this is a perfect guide that will help you create a unique, fresh and interesting book report. They are mandatory in many courses, especially the ones that involve literature.

However, students are confused between a book report and a review. These two are different things, and one must find out about them in detail to start with their assignment.

  • A book report is a summarized and concise version of the manuscript, in which you outline characters, story, background and theme of the manuscript. Here, you present your own views about paperback and how did you perceive it. In other words, it is as simple as reporting an event – something that is your creation and has evolved from your ideas.
  • A review on the other hand, is something that is an in-depth and detailed analysis of a manuscript, in which you also talk about the author and setting in which copy was launched or released. If copy came out in controversial environment, you can mention about that in a review, but not in a report. In a review, you may also present your version of alternate ending, or something that you dislike about the book. Maybe something that you might want to change as well.

Now that you have gotten a clear idea about what is difference between a book report and review, let us move ahead and understand how to write a perfect account for story that you have read –

  • To start with, read the story thoroughly and mark areas that you liked or disliked. You can also mark areas that you find worthy of discussion – for instance a scene that touched your heart or something that inspired you.
  • Once you are done with manuscript, you can start with an introduction of report in which you talk about story, background, setting and theme of the book. How the author has come up with this idea and how copy was published. If there is some relevant information available on the internet, you may cite that as well while drafting your report.
  • A review is a short summary of two pages at most, but a report has to be detailed one. It can extend till ten pages too, if book belongs to a series – like Hunger Games or Lord of the Rings.
  • Next, you can talk about strengths and weaknesses of the story. What is the one element in story that will make it a hit in the market, or what is that thing that can dunk the sales? Anything from your perception and point of view will be fine, as long as it is supported by a logical evidence.
  • Finally, you may talk about language of the tale. If paperback is meant for appropriate audience, that it is trying to target or not? You may also talk about the flow of the words, the kind of phrases or sentences the author has used, or if he has created interesting dialogues for the manuscript.
  • Lastly, you may talk about the climax and how powerful it was. Climax is one of the most crucial parts of the manuscript and once you reach the climax, it must leave a lasting impact on your mind, for the manuscript to be deemed as a good one! If the climax isn’t good, the book never sells. Hence, talking about the climax is extremely important.
  • After you are done talking about manuscript, now you may start listing your experience of reading the story. In how much time you finished the entire thing (how interesting and unputdownable the book was) and what your viewpoints about the story are? Which character inspired you and why? How would you change the climax, if at all? Or if the climax of the manuscript was perfect in accordance with the story?

There are many pros and cons you may discuss about the story, and finally you may conclude by giving it a rating. A rating provides a summarized description of the book for those who may not read the entire report.