Book clubs are my favorite weeknight activity. Especially when the book of the month evokes a strong emotional reaction and sparks a lengthy discussion that you’ve been DYING to talk to others about. Oh so fun! There is seriously nothing that I love more than talking to someone about a book I loved or hated. I’m currently a part of two book clubs.
Book Club no. 1 is a long standing book club that’s been around for years. It’s composed of friends of friends and has gained and lost quite a few women since it’s start (DC is notorious for being such a transient city). I was invited by one of my improv teammates. Monthly gatherings are hosted at someones home (this rotates each month) and it’s potluck style. Anywhere from 7-12 women attend each month and after food is consumed and catch up is over — we discuss the book with a list of questions. Currently reading: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (though I read this a few years back)
Book Club no. 2 is me and two friends, just the three of us. We have similar tastes when it comes to books and it works. We meet over dinner and drinks at a restaurant (we usually meet in Chinatown because we’re lazy and it’s metro convenient for all three). The book club portion is super informal but it’s nice that it’s intimate and small, everyone shares the floor during discussion time. Currently reading: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
I adore each of my book clubs for very different reasons. But I also very much appreciate having a list of questions to prompt an open discussion. Here are some excellent questions to use for your book club:
The Best Discussion Questions for a Book Club
- Did you decide right away if you liked or disliked the book?
- What drew you in or turned you off?
- Who was your favorite character and why?
- Who was your least favorite character and why?
- Could you relate to any of the characters? If so, who?
- Did any part of the book elicit a strong emotional reaction?
- What was your favorite part of the book?
- What was your least favorite part of the book?
- How did you like the writer’s style?
- If you could change something about the book, what would it be?
- Did the book change your opinions about something?
- Were there any themes that stood out to you?
- What was the saddest part of the book?
- What was the funniest part of the book?
- Did you find the plot predictable?
- If you could ask the author a question, what would it be?
- Would you recommend this book to someone?
- Did the book meet your expectations?
- If you didn’t like the book, how do you think it could be improved?
- If you could meet one of the characters, who would it be and why?
- Did anything surprise you about the book?
- Did you learn anything from the book? If so, what?
- How did you feel about the ending?
- Who could you see playing the characters in a movie?
- On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate it?
You’d be surprised how some of these seemingly simple questions can spark the most intense debate. Happy Reading!