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English - Independent Reading: Goodreads @ ASD

Use this guide to find reading ideas for your independent reading assignment.

What is GoodReads?

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Get the GoodReads App

What the app offers:

  • Sign in to your Goodreads account, or sign up to start a new account.
  • Keep track of what you’ve read, what you’re currently reading, and what you want to read in the future by adding books to your Goodreads shelves.
  • Search our catalog of more than 8 million books.
  • Read friend reviews and community reviews of any book.
  • View your profile and browse your shelves! Next time you are deciding what to read, your to-read list will be handy.
  • Find book recommendations from friends and other readers

Questions to Consider When Writing a Book Review

Questions to consider when writing a review for a fiction book:

  • What is the setting of the story (time and place)?
  • What historical event(s) and time periods did this book help you learn about?
  • Who is the main character and what is the problem or challenge they need to resolve?
  • How would you describe the climax of the story?
  • How would you describe an event in the story that you pictured very clearly?
  • What is a story event that surprised you and why?
  • What emotion(s) did you feel while reading this book?
  • What is a quote from the book that you still think about?

Questions that you might want consider when writing a review for a non-fiction book:

  • What historical event(s) and time periods did this book help you learn about?
  • How is this book written?  As a story?  As a biography?  In chronological order?  Some other way?
  • What did you like about how this book was written?
  • What was something interesting you learned from this book?
  • What most surprised you about this topic?
  • What did this book leave you questioning/wondering/thinking about?
  • What is one fact from the book that you still think about?