Instead of a monthly book report, I have my English students read a book of their choice and review it, similar to what is done on Amazon.com or Good Reads. To introduce this assignment at the beginning of the year, I have students read, text code and analyze a favorable and unfavorable review of a well-known book. I typically use reviews from Amazon.com. (This assignment is included with the download). Then I give my students their monthly outside reading assignment. The student assignment sheet is part of the download as well as the grading sheets I use to evaluate my students.