How do I write a book review

Writing a book recommendation - how do I do it?

Have you ever written a book recommendation? Maybe even in English?

As the name suggests, a book recommendation is about recommending a book. Compared to a book review or book review, the author of a book recommendation focuses on the positive aspects of a book. If you read a book recommendation, you can get an idea of ​​the book shown and find out why someone else liked the book. This will help you decide if you want to read this book as well.


Did you find a book that particularly speaks to you and that you want to recommend to others? Before you start writing your recommendation, make a few notes about the book:

  1. Information about the author(author): What do you know about the author of the book? What other books has the author written? Which genre does the author belong to?
  2. main characters (main characters): Make a list of the main characters in the story. Who are the most important people in the book?
  3. Subject of the book (theme): What is the main topic of the book? About friendship, love, school, crime, family?
  4. Quotes (quotes): Is there a passage in the book that you particularly liked or that is of great importance to the story? Then mark them or note the page number. Sometimes quotations are very good to underline the recommendation for a book.

Outline of your book recommendation

The structure of a book recommendation is similar to a summary and is divided into three sections:

introduction (introduction): In the introduction you briefly present the most important information about the book. These are:

  • Book title
  • Name and information about the author
  • Type of story and genre (e.g. crime, fantasy ...)
  • Facts about the book: number of pages, year of publication, publisher, possibly price

Bulk (main body): In the main part you summarize the story of the book:

  • What is the content of the book?
  • How is the content structured?
  • What is the purpose of the book?

Final part (conclusion): The final part is the actual recommendation and the reason why you liked the book:

  • What did you particularly like about the book?
  • How did the author achieve this?
  • How does the story affect you?
  • How does the book compare to other books in this genre or by the author?
  • How did you like the author's writing style?

Cover picture by John Green: The Fault in Our Stars, Penguin; Edition: Black Edition (January 3, 2013). Reproduced by permission of Penguin Books Ltd.

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Write the book recommendation

You can now write your book recommendation based on the structure and your keywords.

When writing your book recommendation, keep these points in mind:

  • Present (present): A book recommendation is always written in the present tense.
  • No literal speech: Don't use literal speech.
  • Time sequence: When summarizing the plot, pay attention to the timing. Avoid flashbacks and jumps in time.
  • Abbreviation: Summarize the action in your own words and be concise. Avoid repetition, long quotations, or detailed descriptions.
  • Objectivity: Use varied phrasing, but tell the story objectively. The story is always told in the third person.
  • Don't anticipate the end: When summarizing the story, do not reveal the end or surprising twists. You want to interest your readers in the book and make them curious.

Helpful adjectives

Here are a few adjectives to describe why you would recommend the book or story:

story for reflectionStory to think about

Revise the book recommendation

When you have finished your book recommendation, you should read it again and revise it if necessary:

  • Check and correct grammar and spelling.
  • Is the text coherent and logically built on one another?
  • Is the recommendation understandable and convincing?

The following conjunctions will help you to connect the individual sections of your book recommendation well with each other and to build them up (conjunctions) and transitions (connectives):

to show more informationbesides, furthermore, in addition, in fact
to give an examplefor example, in particular, specifically
to give a reasonbecause of, as, due to, for
to indicate a resultfinally, thus, therefore
to give a purposein order to, so that
to compare or contrastalthough, however, in comparison, nevertheless
to summarizebriefly, to sum up, overall
to concludegiven these facts, in conclusion, therefore

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