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Writing Book Reviews

Library Fiction Blog: Writing a review

The library has a blog called Fiction is like a box of chocolates... where students and staff are encouraged to write reviews, news and/or prompt a discussion about books, films, and magazines. 

If you would like to submit a book review then please remember the following

  • Reviews need to be your own creation. Reviews or part of a review from websites cannot be submitted.
  • Minimum 200 words
  • If you need help writing your review refer to our Write a book review tips on the first page
  • This is WordPress blog and is therefore an external platform that can be viewed and read by the public. 

In addition to title and author, if you can include further information about the book like genre, rating (out of 5) and who you think would enjoy the book that would be helpful for anyone who reads the blog post. Also if you know of an official author or fan website for the book and/or series we can include that as well. 

This is an example of an introduction to a review that includes some very helpful additional information

  • Title: The Eye of the World, The Great Hunt, The Dragon Reborn, The Shadow Rising
  • Author: Robert Jordan
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Series: Books 1 – 4 of the Wheel of Time series
  • Would recommend to: fans of Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, Game of thrones and Tolkien.
  • Available in library: Yes.
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5

If you would like to be considered to be added as an author for the library blog then please come and discuss with the library staff or email librarystaff@whitefriars.vic.edu.au 

Visit our blog and read the latest reviews from students who are participating in the the Read a Million House Reading Challenge and have earned bonus word counts for their individual and house tally.

Examples of other discussions on our blog

A book review with a twist that prompts a discussion about the book and/or series :

​Specky Magee – is it time he hung up his boots?

A discussion about farewell scenes in film:

Is the final farewell scene from E.T. the most powerful scene in film history?