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 are two lists of questions that can help you in two valuable ways.
Book Club Discussion: Preparation
Once you have finished another member's selection, and are ready to prepare for the meeting, read over the book club questions.
Which ones lend themselves best to the book you've just finished? Remember, you don't 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 book club questions as a guide, you'll create a focus for the group discussion.
Discussion Questions (geared towards Fiction)
- 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 didn't 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?' For more specific nonfiction questions, see below
Nonfiction 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.
- Did you admire or detest this person? Why? (Biography or Autobiography)
- What life lesson can be learned from this event or story? (General Nonfiction)
- Did the book read like a story, a newspaper article, a report, something else? Give examples. (General Nonfiction)
- What one new fact did you learn from reading this book? (General Nonfiction)
- What was the motivation for the writing of this book? (General but great for Bio or Auto Bio)
- Did you feel this book truly belonged in the nonfiction genre? (Memoir)
- 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)
- What part of this book inspired you in some way? Explain. (Motivational, Self Help)
- Will you read other books by this author? Why or why not? (General Nonfiction)
- Did this book change your life in a positive or negative way? Explain (General Nonfiction)
Choosing a book for Book Club
As you get ready to choose a popular book club book, you should use the book club questions above (based on genre). 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!
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