Get Your Book Discussion Started With Book Club Discussion Questions

Coming up with book club discussion questions is often the hardest part of hosting a book club meeting.

The good news is if you start out with a few good questions, the ball gets rolling from there.

Sample Book Club Questions

Here are some good book club questions to consider:

  • What motivated the main character to act the way they did?

  • How does the book's setting contribute to the book?

  • How does the main character change throughout the book?

  • What are some possible themes or lessons of this book?

  • How does the main character interact with others? How would you describe his or her personality?

  • What is the turning point of this book? What was your reaction to that pivotal moment?

  • Whose point of view was the book told from? How did the narrator's opinions affect the book?

  • What was your favorite or most memorable passage in the book? Why did it make an impression?

  • What type of writing style does this book use? How does that affect your interpretation or impression of the book?

  • Overall, did you enjoy this book? Why or why not?

Reading non-fiction? Check out these book club questions for non-fiction books.

More Question Ideas

Of course, these discussion questions are pretty generic. You might want to use these as a guide to start thinking about more specific questions you could ask about your particular reading selection.

Check the book publisher's website, they often have book-specific discussion questions available. Many books also have questions at the end of the book.

Your local library is also a good resource, they may be able to help you track down a reading guide for your book.

Book Club Problems?

One problem many book clubs run into is that discussions always seem to get off track, just like they did in the reality TV show Tuesday Night Book Club. Learn how you can avoid these book club problems.

*Learn More* If you would like more tips on holding a book club discussion, check out our book club discussion guide.

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