Why Book Reviews Matter

Receiving a book review from a reader is a true gift. Speaking from experience, nothing makes a writer happier than reading an honest review that either puts a huge smile on her face or helps her to learn something new that she can work on in future books. 

When you leave an honest book review, everyone benefits.

Here’s why your book review matters:

Reviews help writers to grow and learn. When a writer is in learning mode, she is bound to create magic. By providing feedback, you’re helping to keep that creative furnace stoked with fuel she can use.

Reviews can help authors attract new readers. Writers can use your honest book reviews to reach new audiences. They can post reviews to their social media networks and gain new readers by them.

Reviews can help writers connect to their readers on even deeper levels. When writers know what readers want, they can deliver. Leaving book reviews can communicate these wants to your favorite writers. By connecting to the wants and desires of readers, a writer can bloom and expand her literary voice with confidence.

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Reviews help sell books. Writers spend countless hours writing their books, and one of the best feelings is when those books sell. Knowing their sacrifices have paid off and that people are actually reading their work is one of the most uplifting emotions a writer can experience.

Reviews can lift writers’ spirits. Who doesn’t love to make someone feel all warm and fuzzy? If a great review is deserved, go for it! Nothing gives writers greater pleasure then when people genuinely rave about their book.

Your book review matters!

All of this being said, a book review is a great way to help out your favorite authors. Your opinion matters. A lot!

How to write a book review.

The most important part of writing a review is making it honest. Share the good and the bad, and how you truly felt about the book. Honest reviews are believable to readers, and digestible if presented in a polite and respectful manner.

A review doesn’t have to be long or polished. Simply just say what you think and feel about the book, then rate it.

I put together a very quick and easy lesson on how to review a book on Amazon.

Wishing you the very best,

Suzie Carr, novelist

8 replies
  1. Isobel McCauley
    Isobel McCauley says:

    Thanks for this Suzie. I have read hundreds of books on Kindle not to mention Audible. I had never written a review until recently, because I didn’t know how to! It was only when I commented on the authors’ timelines that I was asked if I would leave a short review on Amazon. I still don’t feel totally confident, but if I really enjoy a book I feel that I want to tell the author how much I like their work.

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    • Suzie Carr
      Suzie Carr says:

      Hi Isobel! You are not alone in how you feel. Since publishing my video on how to review a book yesterday, I’ve had several readers contact me to share similar sentiments. I think I can speak for most writers when I say that we only want your honesty. Perfect construction and detailed analysis are not necessary. Just a simple sentence saying how the book made you feel is what we care about! I’m thankful that you have taken the time to review and to chime into this discussion! Thank you!

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  2. Mark
    Mark says:

    The only thing I would add is don’t write just to be spiteful. If you don’t usually read a certain Chandra doing write you don’t usually read thus Chandra and then say that bookbus rubbish. Thus dies not help future readers or the author. Wekk dine Suzie.

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    • Suzie Carr
      Suzie Carr says:

      Thanks for chiming in here Mark! I completely agree with you. Reviews are not the place to air out conflicts, hatred, and personal attacks. I’ve seen that on many of my fellow author’s review pages (and my own), and it’s so hurtful and damaging to not only the psyche but to the career as well. Potential readers turn to reviews to decide whether to purchase or not, and those hateful attacks hurt sales. Thank you for being the kind supporter you are to so many of us! This is why it’s even more important to review your favorite authors’ books…. to counterbalance those hurtful, personal attack ones.

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  3. Dave
    Dave says:

    Hi Suzie, Even though I’m a male I think your books are amazing, I’ve now read all your books and I can’t fault one. They even bring a tear to my eye thats how good they are. I can’t wait until you release your next one , and to me you are the best. Dave

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    • Suzie Carr
      Suzie Carr says:

      Hi Dave! You’re awesome! I’m so grateful for this kind remark. WHat a pleasure it is to know you are enjoying the stories I write. I’m researching the next one now, The Dance! I can’t wait to start writing it. I’ll be drafting the first chapter in 3 weeks… yay! So excited!!!

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  4. linda@
    linda@ says:

    Cool blog regarding how to write a review. I was on FB the other day posting that people need to be respectful and courteous since other authors can be caustic, and that could be harmful to their own reputation. So you validated my point.

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    • Suzie Carr
      Suzie Carr says:

      Thank you for checking it out Linda. I’ve been attacked once by another author in a review because I had to block her from a FB group after inappropriate behavior. Within an hour, the review showed up for me and the other moderator. She wrote it anonymously. I’m grateful to the honest reviewers out there who review to help us become better at our craft. Those are the ones I pay attention to, and hopefully readers do too! Happy writing!

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