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Fostering reflection: Over 50 questions for discussing a book

Fostering reflection: Over 50 questions for discussing a book

December 30, 2023 by Mylene in Questions

For avid readers, there’s nothing more stimulating than discovering that someone has delved into the same book as you and is eager to hear your take on it. Book clubs serve as perfect hubs for exchanging ideas, engaging in debates, and exploring diverse perspectives.

It is crucial to prepare questions before a discussion, as it helps to structure and guide the conversation. Therefore, I have curated the most relevant questions from the book club, including reflective queries about characters, setting, and plot, as well as inquiries into the writing style. These questions will serve as a vital component of our conversation.

Whether your book club delves into the literary award-winners, timeless classics, mystery novels, romance tales, fiction masterpieces, philosophical essays, or even beach reads, make sure to bring these questions to your next gathering.

Here are some questions that will enable you to discuss the book you’ve just read and share your thoughts with fellow members of your book club:

Questions about the beginning of the book 

  1. What does the book’s title mean to you?
  2. Discuss the first sentence of the book.
  3. Can you change the first sentence in the book?
  4. What was the catalyst for this book?

Questions about the story

  1. What surprised you the most in the story? 
  2. Is there anything the author could have explored further? 
  3. Which scene do you consider to be the most decisive moment in the story? What did you feel? 
  4. Were there any surprises that you liked? Hated?

Talking about the characters

  1. Who do you think are the most important characters? Which one did you like the least of all? 
  2. What is the main characters’ motive?
  3. If you were to have to switch roles with a single character, which one would you choose?
  4. Did you agree with the choices made by the characters?
  5. Did the story have a clear and engaging narrative?
  6. Which character would you most enjoy meeting in real life?
  7. How would you describe the characters?
  8. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the characters?
  9. Discuss the characters’ worldview.
  10. How did the characters influence each other? 
  11. How have the characters changed throughout the book?
  12. Have the characters learned any lessons?

Describing the decor

  1. What was the effect of the setting on the narrative? 
  2. Would it be possible to imagine the setting in your mind?
  3. Have you ever been to any place in this book?
  4. Has the book inspired you with any travel plans?

Questions to talk about the end

  1. Did you guess the ending? If yes, at what time?
  2. Are there any plot points that the book didn’t address?
  3. Was the ending satisfying?
  4. How would you rewrite the last sentence of the book?

Understanding the book

  1. Did you find it easy to read?
  2. How long did it take you to get into the book?
  3. Did you re-read passages? If yes, which ones?

The author’s writing style

  1. What do you think of the descriptions?
  2. Did the plot unfold in a way that felt natural? Or did you feel manipulated by the script?
  3. What do you think of the choice to write in the first person?

The reading report 

  1. What are the passages that you underlined or that particularly touched you? 
  2. What is your favorite passage and why?
  3. What is the main theme of the book?
  4. Did you find a quote that stood out to you?
  5. What question would you like to ask the author?
  6. Did this book remind you of other books? 
  7. Would this book make a good film adaptation?
  8. What did you google while reading the book?
  9. Would you enjoy reading another book by this author?
  10. Did your opinion of the book change while reading it?
  11. Is this book overrated or underrated?
  12. Do you think you will remember this in a few months or years? 
  13. Would you ever consider reading it again? Why or why not? 
  14. Did the book seem real to you?
  15. Has this book influenced the way you live your life? If yes, how? 
  16. What does the title of this book mean? Why did the author choose this title? 
  17. What do you think of the editor’s choice for the cover of the book?
  18. What do you think motivated the author to share his story?
  19. Would you recommend this book to anyone? Why or why not (or with what warnings)?
  20. How would you rate this book on a scale of 1 to 10?
  21. How did this book make you feel?
  22. Describe the book in one sentence.
  23. Did this book seem original to you?
  24. Was the book similar or different from what you usually read?
  25. What do you think would happen in the characters’ lives if the book continued?

A Compass of Questions that make you ready to join a book club

Embarking on a literary discussion is akin to navigating uncharted seas of imagination. Yet, the true magic transpires when you find a fellow traveler who has braved the same narrative waters and eagerly awaits the exchange of thoughts. Books, these vessels of ideas, not only fuel debates but also serve as windows into a myriad of perspectives. The questions curated here act as our compass, guiding discussions through the intricacies of characters, the vivid tapestry of settings, and the nuances of plot and writing styles.

Regardless of whether your literary pursuits dive into recent award-winners, timeless classics, thrilling mysteries, heartwarming romances, or profound philosophical essays, these questions serve as the linchpin, tailored to mold your next discussion. Join us on this journey where every question is a key, unlocking doors to a deeper appreciation of the written word. Welcome to a space dedicated to French language learners where words become bridges and ideas flourish into a vibrant tapestry of shared understanding.

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