Introduction to Literature

Reading in the Digital Age

Tag: Book Review

The Work for Week 13

You’ve got just two things to do this week:

Finish your book review. These should be at least 500 words long. If you have questions on the review format, check out the outline listed under the Writing the Book Review heading on this page.

Design a book poster to accompany your book review. This can look however you would like it to and can contain as little or as much information about the book as you would like it to, but it needs to include either a quotation from the book that you feel encapsulates the book’s theme or an image that encapsulates the book’s theme. For cool examples of the latter, see this Little House on the Prairie poster and these Postertext images. If you need some inspiration, Google images has many other examples you can scan through.

By midnight 11/22: Upload your book review to or compose your book review in Google Docs and submit the file and your book poster via the Book Reviews page on G+.

Book Review

This semester, most of what we have read or will read is short-form literature–i.e., narratives contained in small vessels, like single poems, stories, and essays and short plays. To give you experience reading and evaluating longer forms of literature, I’m asking you to write a book review. Here’s how the assignment will go down:

Step 1: Choose a book. It can be a novel, a poetry collection, an essay collection, a memoir, a full-length play. As you look for a book to read, search for something that interests you.

Step 2: Send the book title and a book description to me (by 9/28). I’d like to review your choices to be sure you’re headed down the right track. I’ll send back either a thumbs up or a thumbs down. If thumbs down, I’ll offer suggestions on what you ought to be looking for and ask that you find another title, which you should then send back to me with a brief book description. If thumbs up, move on to the next step.

Step 3: Read and annotate the book. Along with your reading and annotating, I’ll ask you each week to post something from/about the book on a social media channel (Twitter, Google+, Instagram, etc.). Stay tuned for those directions.

Step 4: Write the book review (due 11/22), keeping in mind these pointers from the Writing Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Along with the written review, I also want you to create a book poster. Stay tuned for more info as the due date approaches.