Blogging is about writing, but it starts with reading. It is about reflecting and documenting our own thinking and learning, but it is about not just consuming information, but sharing and contributing value to the thinking, perspective and learning of others.
Over the last 10 years or so, we have started to rely more and more on other people’s reviews to help us make decisions in our lives. From students choosing which classes to sign up for by using RateMyProfessor.com to looking at Amazon’s reviews before making purchase decisions. Our increased use of reviews is not likely to go back to the times, when we had to ask family and friends we knew personally for recommendations or rely solely on analog magazines published monthly, such as Consumer Reports. We ask for recommendations from people we don’t know and in exponential numbers, such as Facebook groups or we look at the amount of likes a video gets on YouTube or Re-tweets a recommended resource as raked in on Twitter. All of this mechanism, we are using to inform our decisions, would not be possible, IF NO ONE STEPPED UP to contribute a review, like a video, re-tweet a tweet or write a blog post. As 21st century members of society, we are charged to grow from a consumer of information, to a producer, CONTRIBUTOR and CREATOR.
In this challenge you will create a blog post by contributing a book review. Pick a book and share your review with an audience. Consider various ways HOW you will share to maximize an audience. Please leave the link to your book review post in the comment section below, to curate participants in this blogging challenge.
Optional: How else could you amplify the reach of your book review? Could you submit the book review to Amazon? Could you tweet out the link to your blog post and include a strategic hashtag? Could you cross-post your blog to another blog you write for or guest blog on someone else’s blog? Could you submit the review to a journal?
Your post is to include:
- short summary
- review: your opinion of the book
- rating: how many stars would you give the book (choose between 1-5 stars)
- image of the book cover
- a selfie of you reading the book
What else constitutes a book review:
Writing a book review is not just about summarizing; it’s also an opportunity for you to present a critical discussion of the book. As a reviewer, you should combine an accurate, analytical reading with a strong, personal response. A good book review describes what is on the page, analyzes how the book tried to achieve its purpose, and expresses any reactions and arguments from a unique perspective.
Optional: Document the creation of your book review. Break down each step of HOW you wrote your book review post. (Ex.: reading the book, making annotations, highlighting quotes, reading other reviews of the book, writing the post in one sitting or over a period of time, etc.)
Not sure what book to review? How about:
- the last book you read
- your favorite book
- a good professional book
- a good fiction book
- a book that you wish more people would read
- a book that made you cry or laugh
- a book everyone hated/liked, but you liked/hated
- a book you always wanted to read, but never found the time
- a book that you have read multiple times
- a book that was better than the movie that was made from it
- your favorite book when you were a child/adolescent
- a book that you have recommended to other people over and over again
- a book that deals with your current topic of interest
- a book that changed your professional life
- a book that you could have written
- a book that you wish you could have written
- a book that you wrote
Here are a few sample book reviews:
- Reading for Sanity
- The Jewish Book Blog Carnival
- Jewish Women’s Book Club
- Book Review: Blending Leadership