The Grade Miners Guide to Writing a Great Book Report

A book report is an essay that provides objective information about a book. Book reports are somewhat similar to book reviews except that book reports concentrate on the summary of a book rather than its evaluation. Book reports talk about what takes place in written works. The main argument, the characters of the narrative, the plot, and the thesis are the focus of book reports. Book reports are usually not lengthy. The word count is commonly between 250 words and 500 words.

Follow the following tips when writing book reports

Read the instructions in the book report assignment

Go through all the requirements of your book report taking note of anything that is not clear to you. Seek clarification from your instructor. Ensure that you know the word count for the book report, the date of submission, and the formatting requirements. For instance, you might be required to insert citations and page numbers into your book report. It is essential to ask your tutor what they want you to include in your book report. Do they need a book report that predominantly covers the summary or one that covers the analysis? Ordinarily, book reports are entirely a summarization of a book, rarely will you be asked to give your opinion.

Think about any information that you need

 Take time to understand what you need before writing a book report. The most important information you require before reading the book is knowing the authors, the book title, the pages used, the publishing body, the location of the publisher, and the year the book was published.

Answering the following questions will make your work easier.

Who authored the book?

Have you gone through other works by the same author/authors?

What is the genre of the book (science fiction, fantasy, romance, biography)?

Who is the target audience?

Are these the type of books you commonly read?

Does that genre of books appeal to you?

What do you think about the title?

Does the title compel you to read the book?

Is the title appropriate for that particular work?

What do you make of the book cover?

Do you think it is appropriate for that book?

Does the cover entice you to read the book?

What is on the book cover; pictures?

Are the contents of the book cover interesting?

Writing a captivating book reportThe reading process

It goes without saying that you cannot write about content that you have not read. Sit in a quiet place and go through the book carefully so that you do not miss out on the relevant details. Creating breaks in between the reading sessions ensures a better understanding of the text. Avoid book summaries found on the internet because they may not be entirely accurate.

As you read the book, identify the main idea. Highlight important parts, areas where you need to gain more understanding, and the parts you enjoyed the most when reading the book.  Important details include the names characters, the setting of the book, the plot, quotes, and examples that you can use when writing your book report.

Always note the main characters when reading fictional books. Write down who they are, whether you like them or not and describe what happens to them. Comment on their suitability for their given role and whether you find them to be good or bad. The same applies to biographical books. However, for nonfiction written works note the main thoughts and prepare to discuss them. Think about the events that occur and take note of the new things that you learn.

Develop the Outline You Will Follow When Writing Your Book Report.

Plan the order of each paragraph and what it will address. There might be alterations in your outline when writing the book report, so do not worry. After creating the blueprint for your book report, go through it to ensure that there is proper flow of thought and adequate coverage of all the main elements of the book. Ensure that you do not rush when creating the outline because if you do, it will cost you more time when proofreading.

The Writing Process

When writing the book report, start with the title of the book and the name of the author. Write the summary of the book. Talk about what takes place in that book, the elements that appealed to you the most, those that did not, and those that you could have changed if you had a chance. Look at the choice of words. Assess whether the approach used is formal or informal. Note the position of the author on different arguments. Talk about the tone of the book. Thinking about the emotion that different portions of the book evoke will help you to discover the tone used.

Analyze the characters of the book. Give your thoughts about each character. Explain how the author makes the meaning of the story known; include the main idea of the story in this explanation. Evaluate the book. Talk about how you find the book. Discuss how it compares with other literary works of the same genre or other books written by that particular author.

Highlight the main themes, motifs, and new terms introduced by the book and examine if they were effective. Look at rhetorical appeals (ethos, logos, and pathos) used to persuade the readers and comment on them.

Use of different examples and brief quotations from the book will make your content more interesting. However, avoid using too many quotes. The summary is the most important thing, therefore, do not write more than one quote in a single paragraph. When writing summarized points add the corresponding details from the book as this will show that you understood the work you read.


Wrap up your writing with a short paragraph. In this part, you should sum up everything that you have discussed. Avoid introducing new ideas in the concluding paragraph. Ensure that you provide a general view of the entire book through brief and concise sentences. State whether you think others should read the book and highlight the reasons why they should. Give the information you think others need to know before they read the book.

Sometimes you are required to write the name of the author and the title of the book when writing your conclusion. However, you should confirm with your instructor before you begin writing the book report.


Go through your book report after writing it. Ensure that the names of the author/ authors, publishing body, names of characters and other necessary information relating to the book is written correctly. Check your sentence structure and ensure there is coherence in your entire work. Ensure there are no punctuation, typing, and grammatical errors. Reading your work aloud helps you to note poor phrasing of sentences. Look at your summary and ensure that it is detailed enough to convince the reader that you read the book. Think about any additional points or quotes from the book that you can add to make your book report more interesting.

It is always important to ask a third party to go through your work and to give you feedback afterward. They are likely to see errors that your eyes are numb to due to going through your work many times.

The final reading

Once you have obtained feedback and made the necessary corrections, print your book report. Go through it again slowly and keenly to ensure that no errors were missed out. Crosscheck your book report against the instructions given by your instructor. Ensure that you have adhered to all the requirements.

Book report writing is not fun. However, it is comparatively easy when you consider other types of writing assignments. If you follow the guide we have given you, we assure you that writing your book report will be a smooth and enjoyable process. Nevertheless, The Grade Miners is ready to attend to all your needs that pertain to book reports. The writers at The Grade Miners are outstanding professionals who have extensive experience in all types of academic writing assignments. Having worked with several clients, they understand what it takes to write a great book report. If you need additional advice, book report writing services, proofreading services or any other assistance that relates to writing assignments, feel free to contact The Grade Miners. The Grade Miners delights in serving you.