Book Reviews

I love writing book reviews. The dialogue we develop with the author, characters, plot, conflicts, and resolutions always changes us some way–usually for the better:)

Writing is art!

about each review

  1. a summary of the content
  2. a discussion of the author’s style of writing looking at cohesion, clarity, flow of the text. and use of precise words (for word count, grammar, syntax, etc I also sometimes use Hemingway Editor)
  3. the author’s intentions: what did the author intend to do when they wrote the book and who the intended audience might be
  4. what is the author’s point of view?
  5. I describe the author’s narration and point out whether they explained facts or tried to persuade readers of the validity of an issue


I look for a theme-thread, topic, subject or universal truth the author continuously touches upon and examines in their text. Is there a significant statement about life, a valuable lesson or moral of the story.

The theme expresses the author’s opinion or raises a question about human nature or the meaning of human experience. The understanding and interpretation of theme is dependent upon one’s previous experience of life and literature.


What topics did the author use to build the theme and our understandings? These could include but are not limited to:

education, freedom, friendship,

good vs. evil, homelessness, honesty,

land, laws & justice, life & death, love & hate,

patriotism, poverty & wealth, prejudice, revenge,

survival, trust, and war & peace.

theme/topic statement or assertion

Did the theme(s) enlarge my understanding of life, human nature and the human condition? I might write a statement that links morals/themes/assertions with topics/ideas. For example:

Examples of a theme/topic statement/moral assertion:
~ be careful how you treat others; they may treat you the same (theme)
~ revenge (topic)

~ work for what you want in life to build a path towards any goal (theme)
~ dreams (topic)

In some way, the book shares a struggle, journey or transformation of the human Matrix.

The Art is accepting, reflecting, and transforming. The 5-part Matrix.supports holistic health: body, mind, heart, soul, and spirit.

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I would love to get your comments or book recommendations that would enhance the reading list!

~ namasté, Leah J. 🕊

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