Book Report Writing Template
This is a guide only. It is not meant to write the report for you. It gives you a format or template for writing your own report.
The following book report format template is appropriate for students at the pre-college level who are required to write a report about a book they have read. For the type of book summaries applicable to college and university level (undergraduate and post-graduate), as well as for business and professional situations, you can check out the following book summary service.
- Introductory ParagraphThe first sentence should state for which instructor and class the book-report is being written.
These reasons do not have to be complex. Most people choose the books they read because they like the author or somebody recommended it to them. If you chose the book because you like the author, then state why you like that author.
- State the type of book (Mystery, Western, etc.).
- What place or country was the book set in?
- What time period was the book set in? (19th century, the present, ancient Rome, the 23rd century).
- Other physical locations which are important, like: ships, airplanes, houses, or buildings.
- Other notable attributes of the book. (Was it violent, scary, fast paced, etc.).
- What is the main character trying to do?
- What is the outcome of the book?
Make sure you cover all of the major parts of the plot. You might have to go back through the book, chapter by chapter, and make a few notes.
- Start with a sentence that states that you are now writing a conclusion. (For example: "My final thoughts on ‘A Fine Balance’ are that it is a fascinating book but I am not entirely sure if I completely understood the thematic message of the book."
Don’t be afraid to give your own honest impressions of the book. After all, if you’ve read the book thoroughly, you are entitled to your own interpretation of it.