How To Write A Captivating Book Report

Writing book reports can be both fun and captivating. In order to write a perfect book report, students should read extensively and understand the book contents. This gives them a chance to not only discover new ideas but to build their vocabulary and develop their writing skills. However, many students find reading and writing an overwhelming task. What entails a good book review? Below is a list of what to include in a book report. Be sure to focus and do it well, after all the better the job you do on your report the faster you can get back to playing Fortnite, or just lounge around catching up on the latest episode of your favorite show! Now on to the things that will make your book report great:

Book Details

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This category should include the name of the author and the title of the book. Students can also include an overview indicating why they settled on the book. Giving a detailed explanation about the title goes a long way in convincing other students to consider reading it. Here, students can explain why they chose a specific topic from a personal point of view. Was it that the title sounded intriguing? Or did the cover, book theme, color, or cover image grab their attention? These descriptions go along way in producing a comprehensive book review.

Story Setting

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Explain the origin of the story. Did it originate by the countryside, in a remote or urban area? Was the setting fiction or real? While describing the story setting, ensure to give detailed information to convince the reader to find out more by reading the book.

The Characters

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Give a comprehensive explanation on whom the story was about. How many main characters were there? When describing characters, it is paramount to indicate their names. Students can go ahead and give a visual representation of what the characters look like. This enables the reader to get a tangible connection with the characters and stir a reading interest in the book.

The Story

Explain the chronological events of the story. Be careful to outline the problems that might have arisen within the story. Identify and explain any efforts that the characters may have made towards solving the problems. If the story was about adventure, give detailed information on what it entailed and whether or not they achieved their anticipated goals. Arrange your report beginning with the first up to the final events.


Give a summary of your report. Ensure to indicate your perception of the book. Whether or not you liked it. Give a rating of the story from a personal point of view. Did the story make you happy, sad, sentimental, or excited? Would you read it again? Would you recommend it to other readers? These points play an important role in helping other readers decide whether or not to consider reading the book.

Next Steps

After writing the report, ensure to go over it once again. This is important as it enables students to identify possible grammatical errors, spelling mistakes, or wrongly written phrases. A good way of eliminating mistakes is to ask friends or a third party to go through your work. They do not only spot mistakes easily, they are able to guide the student in identifying missing points.

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