~ Dr. Seuss
Discussions at a book club are, more often than not, spontaneous and lengthy. There are times when a certain aspect may be dissected for an extraordinary amount of time, leaving many other issues unaddressed.
To avoid this from occurring, it is recommended to have a list of questions drafted, so that each aspect of the book can be covered. Additionally, timing the responses will ensure that the discussions do not veer away into nothingness.
We’ve brought you a list of questions that will prove helpful the next time you’re at a book club meeting.
✦ Comment on the writing style used in the book.
✦ Did you find the style of writing too erudite?
✦ How does this book compare to others in the same genre, or others by the same author?
✦ What is the one aspect that stood out about this book?
✦ Does this book succeed in leaving an impression on your mind?
✦ Did you find the book worthy enough to recommend it to someone else?
✦ What have you gained from reading this book?
✦ What is the significance of the title? How did you interpret it?
✦ How was the plot structured? Was it streamlined, or were there several short stories connecting the central plot?
✦ Did the author strike a balance between the plot and the characters?
✦ Were the twists in the plot intriguing enough?
✦ Was the plot clearly presented, or did it require a certain amount of interpretation on the reader’s part?
✦ Did the plot, at any time, take you completely by surprise?
✦ Did you find any aspect in the plot to be preposterous?
✦ Is there any aspect/viewpoint/development that you thought was unnecessary?
✦ Did the plot confuse you at any point? Is there any part where the author seemed to have veered away from the main narrative?
✦ Indulge in a brief discussion about the leading characters. Pick the one that stood out according to you, and describe the reasons behind it.
✦ Through the course of the book, did the characters develop to your liking, or did this aspect leave you unsatisfied?
✦ Did the actions of the characters establish a connection by being plausible?
✦ Did any of the characters outrage you in any manner?
✦ Did any character inspire you enough to emulate him/her?
✦ Does any character take a moral stance in the book? If yes, did you identify with it?
✦ Did you get the impression of the author being biased towards a character for no apparent reason?
✦ Will any of the characters stay with you in the times to come?
✦ Did the conclusion leave you wanting for more, or was it to your liking?
✦ Did the author manage to do justice to the entire plot and the characters?
✦ Were you successful in predicting the conclusion?
✦ Given an opportunity, how would you have concluded the book?
✦ Did the biography seem like a PR exercise made by the personality?
✦ With reference to political essays, did the style of writing take the reader’s attention away from the issues mentioned in the book?
✦ Does the book make fervent attempts to rake up a controversy?
✦ Having read this historical account, are there any lessons which could be learned? If yes, what are they?
✦ Are the tips/suggestions mentioned in self-help books practical enough to be applicable in our regular life?
✦ Are the instructions in the creativity book easy to execute even by a novice?
✦ Does the travelogue paint a realistic picture of the culture and tradition of the region?