How to Write a Book Review by Seth Rose

I’ve started a new blog called, NORTHERNWILD. I recently turned 30 years old… and I don’t know shit about politics. The purpose of this new writing project is for me (and others like me) to learn more about politics and culture.

In order for me to give you guys content on the new blog, and for me to learn more, I’ve grabbed some books for me to do reviews on. Books like:

“What’s Left?: How Liberals Lost Their Way” by Nick Cohen

“Cuckservative: How “Conservatives” Betrayed America” by Vox Day, John Red Eagle and Mike Cernovich

“Islam and the Future of Tolerance – A Dialogue” by Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz

“SJWs Always Lie” by Vox Day

“A Renegade History of the United States” by Thaddeus Russell

“FIRE’s Guide to Free Speech on Campus” by FIRE

*Any other books you would recommend?


The Reviewer

Seth Rose is a writer and owner of Masculine Books. Taken from the about page:

“my mission with Masculine Books is to wade through great books and to give you recommendations to help cultivate your masculinity.”

Sounds good to me.

I had purchased Vox day’s “SJWs Always Lie” but hadn’t really put any effort into reading it yet. Seth’s review of the book got me excited to read it and I should be done the book by the end of the month (pending school work doesn’t get to hectic).

 

I enjoyed the review so much that I felt an urge to ask how Seth does his magic.


Here is a short twitter-DM exchange (with his permission) between him and I:

25 Dec 2015

twitter

Hey Seth, I quite enjoy your reviews. I’ve got some books on the go and I was wondering, what’s your formula? How do you write them so well?

26 Dec 2015

sethrose

Thank you, I appreciate the flattery. The answer is cliché, but true: Practice. I’ve written probably close to 100 reviews now on various sites, and have gotten much better. I’d suggest writing a review for every book you read on your blog. As for practical tips 1.) Take a lot of quotes and build thoughts around them 2.) Crack a few jokes when appropriate 3.) Should be 1000+ words 4.) Read good books (then good reviews write themselves!). If you’re interested in writing reviews regularly I could consider bringing you on as a paid writer…again, if you’re interested no pressure

26 Dec 2015

twitter

Those are great tips Seth, thank you. I’ve got some reviews on my blog (here, here, herehere, here and here), manoshpere/RP books, but I would like to branch out slightly.

26 Dec 2015

sethrose

Yeah, that’s fine too. Maybe in the next few months we could do that. In the mean time, feel free to tweet at me or send me the links to your reviews and I’ll take a look. I’d also avoid putting too much pressure on yourself–they’re just reviews!

26 Dec 2015

twitter

Next few months, good idea. I’ll be going to school during that time, it could be a fun side project. Thanks again Seth. Talk to you soon.

26 Dec 2015

sethrose

For sure. Keep in touch.


How to Write a Book Review by Seth Rose
  • Take a lot of quotes and build thoughts around them
  • Crack a few jokes when appropriate
  • Should be 1000+ words
  • Read good books (then good reviews write themselves!)
  • Avoid putting too much pressure on yourself–they’re just reviews!
GO Read, GO Write

After reading his reviews and chatting with Seth I feel confident that I will provide value (while also having fun) in my future book reviews and on my new writing-project blog.

Do you have any other tips that perhaps we missed?

You know what to do. Let’s hear what you have to say.

(P.S. If anyone is interested in guest posing on NORTHERNWILD feel free to contact me through the comments here, on the other blog or on twitter.)

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7 thoughts on “How to Write a Book Review by Seth Rose”

    1. Hey thanks brosenthal91. Welcome to the blog. Take a look around if you’d like!

      This rise of the “cultural-libertarian” sure is fun to watch. Hoping to do my part.

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  1. Those are great tips. Thanks D and Seth!

    When I write a review, I try to answer:
    (a) Key Things Learned
    (b) Most Influential Chapter
    (c) Most Surprising / Counter-Intuitive Idea
    (d) Action Steps taken as a consequence of reading book

    Your last review of ‘I am the sun” was pretty dope!

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    1. “Your last review of ‘I am the sun” was pretty dope!”

      The book is only $2.69. Great value.

      Thanks Florian. That means a lot. I would like to get better at writing book reviews so your encouragement is certainly welcomed!

      “(a) Key Things Learned
      (b) Most Influential Chapter
      (c) Most Surprising / Counter-Intuitive Idea
      (d) Action Steps taken as a consequence of reading book”

      “(d) Action Steps taken as a consequence of reading book”

      That one there is actually a great idea. I will make sure to incorporate that one as well.

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