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.