Why Should You Write Book Reviews?

Ramona Mead
2 min readSep 1, 2020
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Quite often on my blog, I give tips for writing book reviews. I’ve also talked about the importance of the star rating. I’ve covered the how’s when it comes to reviewing, so today I’m going to cover the WHYs.

Readers who find How To posts valuable are likely ones who are already writing reviews. Today, I’m talking to those of you who haven’t started yet. My question is: why not?

I’m sure your answer goes along the lines of one of these:

  • I don’t have time.
  • I’m not a writer.
  • I don’t know what to say.
  • I’m not qualified.
  • I’m afraid of writing a bad review.
  • No one cares what I have to say.

I’m going to nip all those myths in the bud right now! All readers should understand the importance of book reviews and why your contribution matters.

Why Should You Write Book Reviews?

Authors appreciate honest reviews.

Honest is the key word there. Make your opinion clear without being mean, and you’re done (kind of!) Authors vary on whether they read their reviews, and how they react to them. Regardless, reviews are important not only as feedback to the author. They also provide information to…



Ramona Mead

Avid reader, writer of true stories, book hoarder, eternal optimist