How To Write A Book Review That Matters

Rachel Poli

Book reviews are fodder for authors. It’s important for their books. And, as a reader, we can thank the author by leaving a review for their book on your blog, Goodreads, Amazon, or anywhere the book can be bought.

How To Write a Book Review that Matters

Everyone has their own writing style and there are many ways to write a book review. For me, I write about the three parts of a book that is the most important to me. I also add an intro and conclusion, if you will.

First Thoughts

To begin the review I talk about my initial thoughts on the book. Why I decided to read it, where I got it, and what I think about the overall summary and maybe the cover as well.


I typically summarize the overall plot of the novel and then talk about what I felt worked with it and what I felt didn’t work with it.

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How to Stop Feeling Ashamed of Old Writing Projects #ASMSG #SundayBlogShare — BlondeWriteMore

A few years ago your old writing project was the best thing ever. It put a spring in your step and a twinkle in your eye. At the time of writing this great literary masterpiece you were positive it would be the turning point in your literary career. You spent hours, days, weeks and months […]

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Take A Look At This…


A good friend of mine, Heather, whom I haven’t seen in far too long, says ‘I have performed this piece so many times now! Getting on for 40 this year alone. Here is the original recorded version by request. The live performance has developed and I take more time over it now – CRT commissioned a 6-minute piece and it turned out to be exactly that length without me having to edit it. It’s good to hear the real Emma and Nancy, and the lovely engines I recorded, and see photos of some of the ‘Idle Women’. The next time I perform it will be at the Barley Mow, Newbold on Monday. See for the remaining tour dates.’

Watch this YouTube of the poem, it’s amazing!

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Pussycat, pussycat where have you been? #ThrowbackThursday #England #humor

Laughter is still the best medicine. I highly recommend a frequent dose of Barb!

Barb Taub

[NOTE: Last week I promised to tell what happens AFTER you hold the Tea Party in the Castle. ]

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”
― Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

I've been to the Cotswolds to look at the (next) King!I’ve been to the Cotswolds to look at the (next) King!

My friend Margaret called to say she had something to show me. It turned out to be a large, gilt-covered square of cardboard inviting the two of us to a party at Highgrove, the home of His Royal Highness, Charles, Prince of Wales. Seems that in addition to being the grandfather of the most famous babies on earth, HRH is also president of Send a Cow, our village’s annual charity for which we’d been holding fundraisers (see post about our teaparty).

We decided to drive down so that I could indulge one of my favorite…

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Sometimes when we write we expose our truest feelings in the end… even when we were keeping them from ourselves.

A Fly on the Wall Inside My Mind

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10 Things I’ve Learned About Writing A Novel #MondayBlogs @toodletinkbaby #Books — BlondeWriteMore

Here are my reasons for letting author Roxie Cooper guest post on BlondeWriteMore today: Her guest post is fab. It is written from the heart and it resonated with me in so many places. She has the name ‘Roxie’. Anyone who has same first name as my fictional character Roxy Collins is always welcome on my blog. […]

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How to Never Give Up on Yourself – Lessons from History’s Most Tortured Soul

Cory Galbraith


Painter Vincent van Gogh lived a life of poverty, rejection and obscurity only to become one of the greatest painters of all time. This tortured soul is resurrected here – to teach us how we can hold onto our dreams and turn them into reality, in a modern world that’s fighting us every step of the way.

“How can I be of use in the world? Can’t I serve some purpose and be of any good?”

Many of us ask what the world can do for us. But Vincent van Gogh did the opposite, wondering what he could do for the world. These important words were written by the artist in one of many letters he wrote to his brother. Despite his depressed state, van Gogh…

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How to Work With Beta Readers — A Writer’s Path

by Hope Ann There is no one secret to producing a good book. Hard work, patience, more hard work, dogged determination, and did I mention hard work? Yet it is so worth it. And, the more I write, the more I value one particular asset every writer should have. Beta readers! Beta readers are […]

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Some wonderful suggestions. Will you use any of them or perhaps have something you do that you would share?





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Authors for Grenfell Tower

I wish I had seen this sooner but it all adds up.


I’ve never liked tower blocks. I had a friend who lived on the 13th floor of what used to be called a “hard to let” block in east London. She loved the view from her balcony, and kept flowerpots tethered in five unblowoffable ways to the railings, but even stepping on to it made me feel weak at the knees. Perhaps my knees were already weak when I arrived, because I always used to walk up the stairs. The lift was creaky and claustrophobic. Supposing it got stuck? Supposing someone scary got in it with you?

Fire 3 Cuttings from the “I”, “The Guardian” and the “Evening Standard”‘ June 17th & 19th 2017

Even posh tower blocks – skyscrapers, rather, penthouses, high rise living and the other more affluent synonyms – worry me. The only time I visited New York, I was less scared sleeping on the 34th floor than I’d anticipated…

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