Ridgefield Park Public Library’s Goodreads Review Program
Write a review for any book you read – we’ll post it on our Goodreads account and you’ll earn 2 hours of volunteer time!
Which books can I review?
You can review any book you would like -- fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, manga, etc. You can also read books that are required for school assignments and summer reading. However, we can only accept and publish one review per item so please check our Goodreads page to see if the book you would like to read has already been reviewed. You cannot reserve titles ahead of time.
How many volunteer hours will I get for a review?
You will receive 2 volunteer hours -- 1 hour for reading the book, and 1 hour for writing the review.
How long should my review be?
Please keep your review between 200 and 400 words. Remember, a review is not just a summary of the book -- it includes an evaluation of the elements of the book (e.x. pacing, character development, style, mood, or use of images in non-fiction materials, etc.). Please specify whether or not you would recommend this book to someone else. It’s okay if you didn’t enjoy the book, but let us know why!
Will you proofread my review?
Submitted reviews will not be edited so if substantial edits are needed it will be returned for re-submission. However, we may make suggestions for technical improvements. All reviews must be written by the student who is submitting it.
Plagiarized reviews will be rejected without credit.
Where can I find examples of reviews?
There are many places where you can look for examples of reviews. Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly are a great starting point. Checking out our Goodreads page will also help you brainstorm ideas for your reviews.
What happens after I write my review?
Once you’ve written your review, it must be submitted via this link. Once the review is looked over for any issues, it will be published on the library’s Goodreads page and you will receive a confirmation email that you have received 2 hours of volunteer time for your review. There is no limit to how many reviews you can submit, but you may only submit one review per week. Although the form asks for your first and last name, we will only publish the review with your first name and grade. If you do not want your name included and would like to publish an anonymous review, click the appropriate response on our online form.
If you need a form signed for volunteer hours, please stop in the library and see the teen librarian, Hayley, and show her your confirmation email.
We will not rush review responses and the awarding of volunteer time.
To make sure you receive hours prior to deadlines you are trying to meet, submit your reviews two weeks ahead of time so we can vet them and post them to Goodreads.
Again, if you need a form signed for volunteer hours, please stop in the library and see the teen librarian, Hayley, and show her your confirmation email. She’ll then sign your form for you.
You may post 1 review per week.
We do not have unlimited resources to devote to vetting and posting. Individuals may send only one review per week. If you send more than 1 review per week, only the first one submitted will be selected.
Goodreads Review Guidelines
Goodreads has some of the best book reviews anywhere. Our members are passionate, knowledgeable readers, and their contributions to the site are what make it such a vibrant and fun place. These guidelines are presented to help make sure Goodreads’ reviews remain the best and most authentic in the world.
Our Review Philosophy
Goodreads is for expressing your honest opinions about books. Don't be afraid to say what you think about the book! We welcome your passion, as it helps the millions of other readers on Goodreads learn what a book is really about, and decide whether or not they want to read it.
We believe that Goodreads members should see the best, most relevant, thought provoking reviews (positive and negative) when they visit a book page. Our job is to show members those reviews, and not show reviews that we deem to not be appropriate or a high enough level of quality.
However we value that members trust us with your thoughts and words and take our stewardship of storing your reviews seriously. We promise to always store your reviews on your profile and in your bookshelves and will never delete or modify them – except for certain extreme situations, which are described below. Your thoughts and your words are yours, and we promise you we will always respect that.
Here are some examples of what we allow in reviews:
Creativity! Some of the best reviews on Goodreads use the book as inspiration for a personal essay or other piece of creative writing. As long as they don't go against our guidelines in other ways, these reviews are welcome and encouraged!
Images in reviews are fine (and sometimes hilarious) but please, no nudity or graphic violence.
Pre-publication reviews. Many of our members receive advance copies of books to review, either through Goodreads giveaways or another source. We have no way of knowing the exact date that review copies are available. As such, each book is eligible to be reviewed as soon as it appears on the site.
Harsh critical statements that apply to the book or the writing in it, such as "This guy can't write a lick," or "This book is absolute trash." Again, honest opinions about books are always going to be welcome and encouraged on Goodreads.
And here are some of the things that might cause your review to receive a lower priority in our internal ranking system, which may affect whether or not your review appears on the book page:
Reviews of the author. Mentioning the author in the context of a review is always acceptable, but reviews that are predominantly about an author’s behavior and not about the book may be deleted.
Reviews with off-topic, irrelevant comments about the author's personal life will be deleted. For example, if the author owes you money, that is not appropriate information for a book review, and it will be deleted entirely.
We will not tolerate abuse of our ratings system, such as rating the same work more than once for the purpose of inflating or deflating the book's average rating. Multiple ratings we determine to be abusive will be removed.
Reviews that attack other reviewers will be deleted. Statements like "Other reviews have said this book is terrible, but I disagree" are fine, but if the primary purpose of your review is to mock or harass another Goodreads member, we may give it a lower priority or delete it entirely.
Reviews must be your own original content. Reviews that plagiarize from another source or use copyrighted material without permission will be deleted.
Self-promotional reviews will be deleted. (i.e., "I'm an author writing about Rome. This book is terrible. For a real history of Rome, check out my new book.").
Full reviews that link to a blog are acceptable, as long as the blog is not selling a competing book and using the review to denigrate the book being reviewed in favor of its own.
Reviews that are harassing or threatening, or that contain hate speech or bigotry. These will be deleted outright and anyone posting them risks being removed from the site.
Spam reviews. These will be deleted immediately.
Commercial reviews are not allowed and will be deleted. If you received a free copy of the book, you are required to disclose that in your review.
And here are a couple of disclaimers:
Goodreads reserves the right to remove a review at any time for any reason. It is at our sole discretion and no one else's, that we decide when a review is against our guidelines.
The reviews posted on Goodreads are individual and subjective opinions. The opinions expressed in reviews are those of Goodreads members and not of Goodreads, Inc. We do not endorse any of the opinions expressed by reviewers.