Book Reviews



My expectations for book reviews are actually fairly simple:

  1. When summarizing the events in your book, use present tense.

You'll recall that this use of the present tense is called the literary present.

Here is a quick review:

Literary Present Tense

This term refers to the style of writing used in book reports, book reviews, and essays about literature—all of which sometimes require you to summarize the events in another person's story.

Thus, for example, let's say you have read a Harry Potter book, and in this book there is a line which reads:

Harry Potter went to the Chamber of Secrets, and he saw a monster . . . .

And now your teacher has asked you write a book report. In this case, when describing this event in the story, you would use present tense, like this:

In the second chapter, Harry Potter goes to the Chamber of Secrets and he sees a monster . . .

It's just one of these quirky traditions about writing: When writing about fictitious characters in someone else's story, use present tense. Once again, this use of present tense is called the literary present tense.

More Expectations

My other expecations are equally simple:

  1. Break your writing up into paragraphs!
    • Remember to start a new paragraph each time you change topics or setting. Two short paragraphs are almost always better than one long one!
  2. Proofread your work!

And That's It!

Once again, here are my major expectations regarding book reviews:

  1. Use the literary present tense.
  2. Break up your writing into paragraphs!
  3. Proofread your work!

Instructions for the Quiz

Answer the questions.