The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing
written by Mayra Calvani & Anne K. Edwards
published in 2008
Key points that I was reminded of while reading "The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing" are the following:
Giving an overly-positive review to a book can sometimes be too much, or raise suspicion the reviewer may just be attempting to be too nice to the author.
"Remember, objectivity and honesty in reviewing are of the utmost importance." -Page 56When you have a negative opinion on a book, there is always a tactful way to share your personal thoughts without being rude.
"You can be critical and honest without being unkind." -Page 51Always maintain structure, clarity and objectivity in your reviews.
"Each word you use in your review should count and have a purpose." -Page 10A book review is definitely different than a book report, a critique, or press release, and should be written accordingly.
The title of this book is aptly named, because the material literally explains about the "slippery art" of reviewing. There are many more beneficial facts found in the book to allow you to improve your own art of reviewing, and much advice is planted throughout the chapters. "The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing" is not just for people (like myself) who post their reviews on personal blogs, or online book stores, but also for people who review books as their full-time job. I'll be returning to this book often as a reliable aid.
Available in paperback & Kindle formats.