General Book Club Questions for Study and Discussion

Make your next meeting more engaging

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In your book club, you may be reading books on a wide variety of topics. No matter the genre, age, notoriety or length of the book of the moment, here are a few questions that you can use to kickstart or enhance your group discussion.

Questions to Get Your Book Club Discussion Going

  • Did you enjoy the book? Why or why not?
  • What were your expectations for this book? Did the book fulfill them?
  • How would you briefly describe the book to a friend?
  • Did the author seem to appear in the book? How? Why? Was the presence of the author disruptive? Or did it seem appropriate/fitting?
  • How would you describe the plot? Did it pull you in; or did you feel you had to force yourself to read the book?
  • How realistic was the characterization? Would you want to meet any of the characters? Did you like them? Hate them?
  • Who was your favorite character?
  • Did the actions of the characters seem plausible? Why? Why not?
  • If one (or more) of the characters made a choice that had moral implications, would you have made the same decision? Why? Why not?
  • How does the setting figure into the book? 
  • How would the book have been different if it had taken place in a different time or place?
  • What are some of the book's themes? How important were they?
  • How are the book's images symbolically significant? Do the images help to develop the plot, or help to define characters?
  • Did the book end the way you expected?
  • At which point of the book were you most engaged?
  • Conversely, were there any parts of the book that you felt dragged on?
  • How would you describe the pace of the book?
  • What three words would you use to summarize this book?
  • What, if anything, set this book apart from others you've read in a similar genre?
  • Would you recommend this book to other readers? To your close friend? Why or why not?
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    Lombardi, Esther. "General Book Club Questions for Study and Discussion." ThoughtCo, Apr. 16, 2017, Lombardi, Esther. (2017, April 16). General Book Club Questions for Study and Discussion. Retrieved from Lombardi, Esther. "General Book Club Questions for Study and Discussion." ThoughtCo. (accessed May 24, 2018).