In general, for the holidays or during the school year profs assign the reading of a book together with the book, that is the composition of a text that presents the text through some specific data, such as author, plot, characters and etc. Not all students succeed in the intent, because they often do not understand correctly what and how to insert the elements of the reading card … So, we have lost for you a nice detailed guide on how to make a perfect book sheet: be very careful and take notes !


To write a perfect reading card it is necessary to insert in the text some important elements that serve to present the book as completely as possible. So a perfect book card must have:

1. Title and author. The title of the book and the author should be indicated with a few biographical notes. Do not dwell too much in the description of the author’s life: remember that it is not a theme related to a studied author, but the biography serves to present the read text and understand who composed the work.

2. Publishing house. Then indicate the publishing house that published the book.

3. City and year of publication. The city and year of publication serve to frame the text historically and socially.

4. Gender and type of book. First of all it is necessary to specify if it is a text in prose or poetry, a theatrical work, etc., then it is necessary to identify the literary genre (novel, epic poem, mystery, etc.). It is very important to indicate the literary genre, in particular to better frame the plot and some of the author’s stylistic choices.

5. Main characters. At this point we move on to the analysis of the main characters, including the protagonist, who will have to be analyzed first. The analysis will cover the physical, psychological and behavioral characteristics, the role in the story (protagonist, helper, antagonist, recipient, etc.). In addition, do you have to specify how the characters are presented: directly, indirectly or through self-presentation?

6. Space. We then move on to the analysis of space, that is of the places where the narrated events take place. We must describe the environments, the cities and the main places, also seen through the eyes and the feelings of the protagonists of the story.

7. Time of the story and time of the story. It is necessary to identify the time of the story (fabula) and the time of the story (plot), and to indicate if there are prolepses or analays. Also, notice the historical and social setting of the story.

8. Themes. What issues are covered in the book? We must indicate the main ones and comment on them in relation to the events and the characters.

9. Plot and comment. We must not forget a brief plot of the book accompanied by a small comment … Be careful not to reveal the ending! The plot must contain the main events and the names of the protagonists, leaving something hanging and using words that invoke the reader to read the book. As for the comment, remember that it is necessary to express an objective judgment on the text, positive or negative and to comment on some facts or characters that have particularly struck you.

10. Style and narrative techniques. Finally, we need to identify the author’s style and which narrative techniques he used. Therefore, pay particular attention to the use of subordinates or coordinates, punctuation, terms (simple, obsolete, sought after), narrative sequences that predominate (descriptive, reflective, dialogic, etc.).


Finally, pay attention to the style you will use in the book tab. It is necessary to write in an objective way but at the same time it is necessary to comment briefly on facts, characters and themes. Also pay attention to grammatical errors, punctuation and above all to the structure: it is better to make a schematic text subdivided into paragraphs introduced by the titles that we have previously commented on (author, title, publisher, etc.).

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