Book Club Discussion Guide

Sometimes holding a book club discussion can be tricky, and that's where this book club discussion guide can help.

Steps for Holding a Book Club Discussion

  1. Start with ground rules. Common courtesy should prevail here. Good rules include don't interrupt another member, let everyone have a turn to speak, if you disagree do it politely, stay on topic, and no raised voices. More advice on book club ground rules.

  2. Select a host. Most book clubs have members take turns hosting book club discussions. The host acts as a moderator, making sure everyone stays on topic and follows the rules.

  3. Have a list of questions ready. The host should come prepared with a list of questions, or members should write down one or two questions at the start of the meeting and give them to the host. View sample discussion questions.

  4. Decide on a goal. Maybe the goal for the meeting will be to decide on themes in the book, or delve into the book's symbolism. At the end of the meeting, members should feel they have a better idea of the book's meaning than when they began.

  5. Have fun! Remember, the point of a book club discussion is to learn more about a book you enjoyed and spend time with friends.

Following these steps should help you keep your book club discussion fun and interesting!

What Was Your Best Book Club Discussion?

Every book club member has a few great book discussions that stand out in their mind - what's yours? Tell us about the book you read and the memorable discussion it provoked.

If you have any suggestions for questions other book club members can use in their discussions, share those, too!

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