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Book Club Discussion Questions
for Nonfiction Reading

When your book club reads a nonfiction book, a whole new set of book club discussion questions are in order.

Why is this? Well, you can certainly come up with some nonfiction book ideas and tailor the general book discussion questions to match them. But the best book club will have a set of nonfiction book club discussion questions separate from the general group.

Book Club Reads - Nonfiction Book Ideas
Before we give the best book club nonfiction book discussion questions, we thought we’d share a couple of great book club suggestions for nonfiction!

Queenie B is truly the queen of the nonfiction book reports! Lately she has come across a couple of fantastic book club reads in the nonfiction genre that she thinks your group will love.

Steve and Me by Terri Irwin is the story of the Crocodile Hunter’s Life and Death

Desperate Engagement by Marc Leepson is the story of the Civil War Battle of Monocacy. (And we interviewed Marc as well!)

Blonde Ambition by Rita Cosby is the story of Anna Nicole Smith’s tragic death.

Sage-ing While Age-ing by Shirley MacLaine is the story of her quest for spiritual growth.

Nonfiction Book Club Discussion Questions
There are many different types of nonfiction book club reads so these questions will aim at the general nonfiction book. We’ll indicate in (parenthesis) our nonfiction book ideas for that particular question.

  1. Did you admire or detest this person? Why? (Biography or Autobiography)
  2. What life lesson can be learned from this event or story? (General Nonfiction)
  3. Did the book read like a story, a newspaper article, a report, something else? Give examples. (General Nonfiction)
  4. What one new fact did you learn from reading this book? (General Nonfiction)
  5. What was the motivation for the writing of this book? (General but great for Bio or Auto Bio)
  6. Did you feel this book truly belonged in the nonfiction genre? (Memoir)
  7. Was the point of the book to share an opinion, explain a topic, tell about a personal journey, or something else? Did the author do it well? (General Nonfiction)
  8. What part of this book inspired you in some way? Explain. (Motivational, Self Help)
  9. Will you read other books by this author? Why or why not? (General Nonfiction)
  10. Did this book change your life in a positive or negative way? Explain (General Nonfiction)

We hope these nonfiction book ideas will help you guide your book club discussion in the right direction.

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We have specific Fiction Discussion Questions too!

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