Questions for Book Clubs

Someone asked me about questions for book clubs, so here is a list – it’s generic, so you can alter the questions for any fiction book you happen to be reading.

The Book as a Whole

  • Did you like the book? Why? What did you like best/least?
  • What other books did this one remind you of?
  • What was your initial reaction? Did you get into the book immediately, or did it take a while?
  • Do you think it was plot-driven or character driven?
  • What did you think of the narrator/narration? If you could pick a different narrator/narrative style, who/what you pick?
  • What is your favourite quote?
  • Did the book have a theme (or more than one)? If so, how was the theme (or themes) demonstrated? Was the theme something you had thought about before – did the book make you think about the theme further?
  • Did the book change your opinion or perspective on anything? Did you learn anything from it?
  • How did the structure of the book affect the story?
  • If you could ask the author one question (about anything!), what would it be?
  • What other books by this author have you read? How do they compare to this one?

The Characters

  • Did the characters change or grow throughout the story or not?
  • Did your opinion of the characters change as the story progresses? How does this relate to the book’s theme (if it has one)?
  • Which character did you relate to most?
  • Which character did you like the best, and the least?
  • Which character would you like to meet?
  • If you could ask one character one question, which character would it be, and what question would you ask?
  • If the book were made into a film, who would you pick for each part?

The Plot

  • Did the plot work for you? Do you think the author achieved what they were intending to?
  • If there was a mystery element, did you work out who-dun-it early or late?
  • What part of the plot did you like best? Was there anything that didn’t work for you?
  • How did you feel about the ending? Did it work for you? Did you wish something else had happened, and if so, what?

The Setting

  • What did you think of the setting? If the book had been set somewhere else, would it have changed the story?
  • What did you like about the author’s world-building? What did you dislike? Was there anything that didn’t work for you?
  • Was the setting new or unusual for you? If not, did the author bring anything new to a familiar setting?
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