Having trouble coming up with interesting and relevant discussion questions for your pro book club meeting?
Well, the first place to check is the back of your book. Often, publishers will include a reading group guide at the end of the book, with a list of recommended discussion questions. If there’s no guide included in your book, Google the title and author. Sometimes the reading guide for a book can be found online on the author or publisher’s website even if it’s not in the print or digital edition. For additional help tracking down a specific book’s reading guide, check out this useful article from The Booklist Reader.
Still can’t seem to find relevant discussion questions? Have no fear! Here’s a list of resources for generic questions you can tailor to your specific book or book club and use to jump start your discussion:
- American Library Association – Book Discussion Groups: Quick Start Guide – Generic Questions to Start Discussion (scroll down to almost the end of the page in the far right column)
- LitLovers – Generic Questions for Non-Fiction
- Reading Group Guides – What to do When No Discussion Guide is Available
- The Booklist Reader – Five-Part Series on How to Write Your Own Discussion Questions