Include both strengths and weaknesses. On the other hand, if you think the book was either dreadfully written or ingenious, you should say so! Here are some other important elements to include in your analysis: Date/range of the book. Authors put a lot of time into organizing a book and sometimes they just dont get it right! Author information. What do you know about the author? What other books has he/she written? Although it might seem a little strange to you, many history teachers like to see a full citation for the book youre reviewing (Turabian style) at the head of the paper, right below the title. Define the time period that the book covers. Explain if the book progresses chronologically or if it addresses events by topic. If the book addresses one particular subject, explain how that event fits into a broader time scale (like the Reconstruction era). When you are given a book report assignment, often the hardest part is getting through the reading material and understanding it. It is important to understand what the author is saying because how else are you going to be able to write about it?
Your main motive is to convey the lesson behind the story and to tell your reader why they should consider reading the book and what they can expect to get out of it. Generally they are used in high school and not so much in college because of the different academic standards. But the book report is still a very import learning process for developing ideas, conveying points, and analyzing material that is read.
The book review is an opportunity to give your true opinion about a book. Just remember to back up a strong statement like those above with evidence from the text.