Book Reports: How To Make Them Brilliant

Writing book reports is a large part of the "school experience". Some books will be enjoyed while others seem boring or even detestable. However, the common thread among them all is that the student must write an eye catching, informative, and well-written report on them. It is often a difficult task to write such a report on a book that one does not enjoy. It can be equally difficult to express ones enjoyment of a book. With these things in mind, here are some tips and tricks for taking an ordinary book report and making it brilliant!

  • Write down all specific instructions given by the teacher/professor. If you have a question or need something clarified, ask.
  • Don't think about the report while you are reading the book. Try to dive into the story and enjoy it, without worrying about what to write.
  • As you are reading, keep a pen and pad of paper close by. If you see something that you want to remember, jot it down making sure to include the page number.
  • Take a few moments to absorb and process what you just read, then sit down and start writing
  • Be cautious of rambling! Create a concise introduction, body, and conclusion.


The introduction to a book report is the base of how the entire thing will be judged. It contains key information including the title of the book and the author's name. Some assignments may also require the publication date, publisher name, number of pages, and/or genera. Even if these things are not required, consider adding at least a few of them. The extra effort will go along way towards impressing the teacher.

Also, be sure to include in the introduction a brief summary of what aspects of the book the report covers. Explore some basic plot points and themes used in the book to give a basic understanding of the book itself.


The body is the heart of the report where you explain your opinion of the book and expand on why you have that opinion. Compare the book the others by the same author or within the same genera, do you think this one stands above, falls below, or stays level with the standard? Use examples and excerpts from the book to emphasis your points and opinions.


The conclusion is where everything is wrapped up. Keep this section short and to the point. Reemphasis major points and ideas.