You’ve come together with your book-loving besties, assembled some amazing treats, and you’re ready to dive in to another stimulating book club discussion. But what happens when that discussion starts to drag? Whether you are a book club newbie or your book club has been meeting for years, it can always be helpful to have a stock list of book club questions on hand to liven up the dialogue.
Here is a list of 16 questions you can use when your book club conversations have lost their spark:
- What was your initial reaction to the book? Did it draw you in right away, or did you have to work to get through the first few chapters? Why do you think that is?
- Did your opinion of the book change as you read it?
- Which character do you relate to the most, and why?
- Did your opinion of the characters change throughout the story? What were some of the strengths and weaknesses of the protagonists and antagonists?
- If you could hear this same story from another character’s point of view, who would you choose?
- Do you think the narrator gave you a true rendition of the events, or just his/her version of the story?
- What was your favorite quote or passage from the book? Why was it meaningful to you?
- If _______ happened, how would the events of the book change?
- What gaps do you wish the author had filled in?
- How did you feel about the ending? Was it believable?
- Did reading this book change your perspective about _____________?
- What did you think of the book’s length? If it’s too long, what would you cut? If too short, what would you add?
- What is one question you would like to ask the author?
- Why do you think the book’s title was chosen? How does it relate to the story?
- If this book were to be turned into a movie, who would you like to see play the main characters?
- What songs would you include on a playlist about this book?
Do you have any favorite questions to ask when discussing books in a book club? Let us know in the comments below!