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How To Leave A Book Review On Goodreads

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By Laura PruettPublished 2 months ago Updated about a month ago 3 min read

If you love reading books, there comes a time when you may want to share your thoughts and opinions with other readers. One of the best ways to do that is to write a book review on Goodreads, the world’s largest site for book lovers. As you probably already know, Goodreads allows you to rate and review any book you have read, and to discover new books based on your preferences and recommendations from other users.

But how do you write a good book review on Goodreads? Here are some tips to help you get started.

1) Find the book you want to review.

You can search for the book by title, author, ISBN, or genre on the Goodreads homepage.

It's easy to search for a book on Goodreads!

Alternatively, you can browse your own shelves or the lists of books you have read, want to read, or are currently reading. Once you find the book, click on its title to go to its page.

This is what the top section of my shelves currently looks like.

2) Rate the book.

On the book page, you'll see a row of stars under the book cover. You can rate the book from one star (did not like it) to five stars (it was amazing). To rate the book, simply click on the star that corresponds to your rating. You can also change your rating later if you change your mind.

The rating stars really stick out under the book cover!

You can also rate the book in the Ratings & Review section if you scroll down the page a bit.

3) Write your review.

Further down the page, you'll see a section that says "Ratings & Reviews," followed by "What do you think?" Under that, you'll see a button that says, “Write a review.”

The "Write a Review" button is just to the right of the stars.

Click on that to expand the review editor. Here, you can write your review in your own words, using the formatting tools provided to add headings, bold, italic, quotes, links, images, and more. You can also add spoilers, but make sure to mark them as such by clicking on the spoiler icon.

See the spoiler button at the bottom left?

Your review can be as long or as short as you want, but try to be clear, honest, and respectful. Here are some questions you can answer in your review to help you organize your thoughts:

- What did you like or dislike about the book?

- What were the main themes, messages, or ideas of the book?

- How did the book make you feel or think?

- How did the book compare to other books by the same author or in the same genre?

- Who would you recommend the book to and why?

4) Preview and publish your review.

When you're done writing your review, you can preview it by clicking on the preview icon. This will show you how your review will look when it's published. You can also edit your review by clicking on the edit icon.

When you're satisfied with your review, click on the save icon to publish it. Your review will appear on the book page, on your profile, and on your updates feed.

You can also share your review on other platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, or your blog, by clicking on the share icon.

5) Engage with other readers.

After you publish your review, you can interact with other readers who have read or want to read the book. You can like, comment, or reply to other reviews, or join discussions on the book page or in groups.

There are all kinds of Goodreads Discussions!

You can also follow other reviewers who share your interests or opinions, or invite your friends to join Goodreads and read the book with you. By engaging with other readers, you can enrich your reading experience and discover new books and perspectives.

Writing a book review on Goodreads is a fun and rewarding way to express your love of books and connect with other readers. Whether you're a casual reader or a bookworm, you can find your place and your voice on Goodreads. So, what are you waiting for? Start writing your book review today and share your passion with the world!

Author's Note: I hope you enjoyed the read, and that you learned something new. I'd love to hear what you think, so please feel free to leave a comment, click the heart, and subscribe! Also, let me know if you're a member of Goodreads yourself!

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Laura Pruett

Laura Pruett, author of multiple short stories and poems, writes in a wide variety of genres and on a myriad of topics. She's currently writing Gedra Gets A Man, a steamy fantasy romance on Kindle Vella. Look around and see what you like!

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  • Mike Singleton - Mikeydred27 days ago

    Very useful and this could be used for other platforms , Excellent article.

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