Analytical Book Review
1. What are analytical book reviews?
An analytical book review assignment requires you to read a book and analyze its contents in relation to a question, theme, or topic. A common question is to evaluate the main argument (thesis) or purpose of the book’s author(s). Sometimes, you are given freedom to choose a topic or theme to write about in relation to the book.
Generally, you should formulate a stance based on your understanding and/or interpretation of the book. You should then provide support for that stance by citing parts of the book’s text as well as the opinions of authoritative experts, preferably taken from journal articles. Thus, you usually need to do research on the academic literature published on the book. Based on your research, you might evaluate competing views and interpretations of an aspect or theme of a book and offer your own understanding of it. This is what most differentiates an analytical book review from a simple book review found on a website or in a newspaper.