Following directions. Planning. Context. Summary. Evaluation. Your best writing

How to write a compelling book review – by Edwin Battistella for the OUP Blog is aimed at professional writers but its eight points are definitely worth reading by anyone who writes reviews whether for publication or on a blog for their own enjoyment.

Summer is a time when many of us have a little extra time for reading. For me, that means Go Set a Watchman, some Haruki Murukami and James Lee Burke, plus summer mysteries and thrillers. It means catching up on what local authors and friends have published. And it means reading new books in my field and writing book reviews… [But how] do you review several hundred pages of someone’s blood, sweat, and tears in just the 500 or 1,000 words allotted to you by an editor?

Read the full blog post here

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