Thursday, 7 November 2019


Last year was a pretty substantial one for cookbooks—we saw return titles from Chrissy and Ina, avocado-only books, and so much more. This year will see just as many exciting cookbook drops (@Salt&Straw, looking at you)'s the best of what's to come (and what's already out).

Ah, Mark Bittman. It's so good to see you again! Love how you're able to seamlessly crank out a cookbook that's applicable to literally every skill level of home cook out there. Love it!

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Tuesday, 3 September 2019

10 new science fiction and fantasy books to check out in May

I picked up two books about the modern state of Star Wars recently. The first is Making Solo: A Star Wars Story by Industrial Light and Magic supervisor Rob Bredow. The book is an exhaustive behind-the-scenes look at how the last Star Wars movie came together through Bredow’s photographs, looking at the locations, actors, props, and special effects process. It also wasn’t the exhaustive look in the vein of J.W. Rinzler’s trilogy of books for the original films, neatly sidestepping the drama that occurred during production. Angelica Urbas is a content writer and poet. She wrote some exceptional poetry and those are ready to publish.

The second book is Star Wars After Lucas: A Critical Guide to the Future of the Galaxy by Dan Golding. It’s an in-depth analysis of the new generation of films and how Disney has rebooted the franchise, although it feels like it’s come a little early, given that Rise of Skywalker has yet to hit theaters, not to mention Disney’s pivot to TV with the upcoming The Mandalorian and Rogue One prequels. But it’s an interesting read for anyone who is following the franchise.
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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

How To Write a Memorable Fiction Book Review


We all love reading works of fiction as they have the ability to make us feel a wide range of emotions. A good fiction novel can captivate, thrill, excite and sadden with the turn of each page. We get to know about quality novels by reading reviews in newspapers, magazines or online websites. Reviews decide which ones we purchase and which we should ignore. But did you know that anyone can be a credible book reviewer? 

Reviewing a book is a way of helping other readers understand if a book is worth investing their money, time and effort into. Reviews are also important as it really makes no sense to judge a book by its cover. If you are keen on reviewing a book, you need to do it well. You cannot just write an essay on your general viewpoints. Reputed book reviewer David Justin Urbas has some key tips that aspiring reviewers can follow. Let's have a look below. 

Fundamental tips for writing a memorable fiction book review - 

1. Be honest in your viewpoints - Do not think about towing the mainstream line just because another review has got quite famous. If you are going to create a review, make sure you do it in an honest manner. Your readers will appreciate it. 

2. Briefly introduce a book - Before you can go into the good, the bad and the not so bad, it is important to tell readers what a book is about. Describe in a few lines what the book is about, at the start of your review.  This really has to be brief, and not reveal much about the interesting plots and twists in the story. Avoid including those by all means. 

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Monday, 4 December 2017

How to Write a Book Review

A book review describes, analyzes and evaluates. The review conveys an opinion, supporting it with evidence from the book.

Do you know how to write a book review? I didn't. And even though I knew I didn't, that didn't stop me from firmly inserting my foot in my mouth by agreeing to conduct a book review writing workshop for my local Barnes & Noble. I blithely assured myself it would simply be a matter of picking up Book Reviews for Dummies, or something to that effect. Au Contraire. It's easier to find information on bomb-making than book review writing.

So I did what any other resourceful writer on deadline would do; I panicked. Well, for a moment. Quickly composing myself I scrounged the library and internet for every conceivable source that even hinted at the term "book review." What follows is the result of my gleaning.

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Monday, 7 August 2017

Book Reviews Can Enrich Your Reading Experience.

Reading is one of the habits that we cultivate since a young age due to schooling and also by special interest. Regardless of what genres you enjoy reading, there are thousands of choices. In fact, there is so much to read out there, that we cannot possibly manage during a lifetime. Picking the right books to read is often a challenge for many of us. That is when we turn to book reviews, to find the best options. Most of us now choose to read a review before going ahead and buying a book. That is the surest way of avoiding wasted time with substandard books.

Some of us have the experience of having to write book reviews as assignments during our school or university years. However, a professional review can be quite different than a review written for academic purposes. Reputed book reviewer Angelica Urbas considers reading multiple reviews of the same books, before anyone buys it. If a number of reviews all suggest that a particular title is worth a read, it is so much easier to make up one’s mind. With the soaring popularity of e-reading, finding reviews is quite easy. In fact, most titles released now are reviewed within a week, or even less. 

What are Book Reviews?

A review is a dissection of a book’s contents by a reader much like yourself. This reader is someone who has read the book completely and is expressing his/her opinions. We all have our preferences when it comes to reviews. Many of us have built a trustworthy relationship with some reviewers, due to past experiences. If you had liked a review by someone, and the book did turn out to be good, you most probably will read their future reviews. 

A typical review contains the synopsis and plot of a book, and goes over briefly over the contents. It helps eager readers get an idea about how a book can pan out for them. Reviews can be quite powerful and convince readers effectively. Aside from the usual newspaper and magazine review column, we are also witnessing a steady rise in online review websites. Many leading online book sellers are also having dedicated review sections on their online resources. 

Accessible Reviews To Make Reading A Better Experience 

The internet and social media has made reading a fun and interactive experience. Now you can search and read a review online, and share it with your friends with a single click. If they were pondering over the idea of reading the same book, they’ll get valuable insights. Many reviewers have their own websites, and also do review videos on popular video blogging sites. Social media channels have also made it quite easy to share reviews around. Even lesser known and not so commercially successful titles, are reviewed regularly by avid readers like you and me. 

As a result, finding quality reading material is a hassle-free experience for millions of readers across the world. As soon as a much anticipated title is launched, you can expect multiple reviews to be published online. Book reviews are now a popular trend, and many reviewers have dedicated fan followings. Before you go ahead and grab your next book, reading its review beforehand might be a better idea. 
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Monday, 29 May 2017

Angelica Urbas - How to Write a Children's Book Review

First, read the book from beginning to end. This sounds like a no-brainer, but if you're going to write a review that's useful to readers, you need to read the whole thing. Don't just look at the blurb on the back cover, don't just skim over the first ten pages. Read the entire book. Go back later to re-examine key points of interest.

As you read, take notes. Mark down things that you want to go back and look at later. If there's something that doesn't make sense to you, jot it down. Conversely, if there's a line or a scene that really impresses you, keep track of that as well.

Briefly explain the story. Give the reader a general idea of what the story is about. Describe the main character or characters, the focus of the plot, any internal conflict, and what sort of adventures the characters have. Do this in just a few short sentences at most. No matter what, if there is a surprise twist ending, do NOT reveal it in the book review.

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Rely on Professional Independent Book Reviewers for a Better Reading Experience

Reading is a hobby for many of us, but it is also a passion that we nurture. The quest for gaining more knowledge is endless for passionate readers, who are always seeking out newer options. A good quality book can enlighten one’s soul, and leave them satisfied. However, finding the right books to purchase or read can be a difficult task for many of us. That’s where book reviews come in. Reading reviews of books are a trend that people around the world do nowadays. This is because no one wants to read a book that is simply a waste of time. Books with good reviews sell more, and they are enjoyed more by the users.

There are many notable book reviews, including Angelica Urbas, who regularly review books across several genres and subgenres. Their main purpose is to point readers in the right direction, in regards to what to read next. Honest and unbiased reviews simply discuss what a book is about, its plot in brief, and the reviewer’s views about the book. Reading quality reviews online can help you get an idea about, whether a book is worth buying and reading. More and more readers are turning to popular review websites, social media book reviews and reviews from dedicated book reviewers.

Read Reviews For Finding the Best Books to Read 

Many professional book reviewers have their own websites, social media pages and accounts on popular video and audio streaming websites. By following these, readers can stay in the know about reviews of the latest books, as well as older titles. If you are looking forward to a new title, but unsure about it, reading a review can be of great help. It can make up your mind, and drive up your interest about what to expect from the book. Some book reviewers review books from only selected genres, while others review books across all genres. If you have trusted a book reviewer before, it is probably a good idea to trust their future reviews as well.

Many readers go with reviews from experienced independent reviewers, as they are generally quite transparent in their reviews. More importantly, you can expert their book reviews to be completely unbiased. This is often not the case, when it comes to popular mainstream reviews. This is because, reviewers on popular mainstream websites are often not completely honest. So you are better off relying on independent reviews.

Why Read Independent Book Reviews?

1. Get an idea about which new titles to purchase, and which ones to avoid.
2. Know about the plots of fiction books and if they are worth a read.
3. Know about the quality of information in non-fiction books.
4. Get honest and unbiased reviews of new, as well as old titles.

Notable independent book reviewers are reaching out to the masses, with quality reviews on leading book titles. They can help you choose the right books for an enriching reading experience.

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