10 Great Book Club Questions for a Meaningful DiscussionI 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.
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Most of these are non-specific, designed to work for any book, although, of course, some will work better than others for particular books. Just pick and choose the discussion questions that work best for you and your book group, and get the conversation going! Bring the printable questions along for help. If too short, what would you add? What other title might you choose?
2. "Do you think the story was plot-based or character driven?"
The perfect book club is made up of three key things: a great reading selection, yummy snacks, and a lively discussion. The first two things are easy to accomplish — just read anything by Gillian Flynn and have a good variety of cheese available — but getting a good dialogue going may be harder than you think, which is why you need a list of general book club questions that will work for any discussion. When the conversation starts to lull, these questions can bring it back to life. Book clubs are often seen as simple social get together, a challenging way to read more books, or an excuse to drink wine on a weeknight as if you needed one, right? Sure, book clubs are a great way to meet new friends, get together with old ones, and up your monthly reading quota, but they're also a place where book-lovers can come together and discuss, dissect, and disagree over every little detail of a book. They're a space meant for lively arguments over plot twists, character flaws, and alternative endings.
Are you always struggling to come up with book club questions to help guide your group discussion? My current book club group is much more casual, but perhaps too much so. Our hour meetings are primarily a social gathering with a mere 10 minute discussion about the book snuck somewhere in the middle. The book club questions below can guide your group through a meaningful discussion about almost any book. Want to print out these questions?