Book Club Questions
I took these book club questions to our last meeting and WOW the difference in our discussion was amazing!
The goal of your book club meeting is to have a fantastic discussion. In order to do this you must be prepared. This goes beyond simply
reading the book.
Below is a list of general book club questions which can help you in two valuable ways.
I. Reading Guides for Book Clubs
As you get ready to choose a popular book club book, you should use these questions.
While previewing your possible book, do you think at least three of the questions have the potential to generate a good discussion?
If your answer is no, be careful about making it your book club selection. This may be a book you want to read on your own but not one that
is suitable for a reading group.
If your answer is yes, chances are the group discussion will be excellent and meaningful.
There are many reading guides for book clubs available online but this question set is the quick and easy way to help you make a decision.
II. Book Club Study Guide
After you have finished another members selection and want to prepare for the meeting, read over the book club questions.
Which ones lend themselves best to the book youve just finished? Remember, you dont have to ask and answer every single question! You may
find that with some books you can answer them all and with others you may focus on only one or two. If you use the questions as a book club
study guide, youll create a focus for the group discussion.
The list of discussion questions for book club success:
- Which character do you like the most and why? The least and why?
- What passage from the book stood out to you?
- Are there situations and/or characters you can identify with, if so how?
- Did you learn something you didnt know before?
- Do you feel as if your views on a subject have changed by reading this text?
- Have you had a life changing revelation from reading this text?
- What major emotion did the story evoke in you as a reader?
- At what point in the book did you decide if you liked it or not? What helped make this decision?
- Name your favorite thing overall about the book. Your least favorite?
- If you could change something about the book what would it be and why?
- Describe what you liked or disliked about the writers style?
You can modify any of these questions to fit a nonfiction book.
For example, if you are reading a biography, question one could be changed to say of all the people who were involved in the main person's
life, who did you like the most and why? The least?
We have specific Nonfiction Discussion Questions too!
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