10 Book Club Questions For Any Book: Free Printable List

These generic book club questions work for any book & come with a free printable guide!

I still remember the first time I went to a book club meeting. I was terrified. I had found the group on Meetup, and I had never met any of the other members. I had visions of sitting around a table staring at strangers in uncomfortable silence. I couldn't have been more wrong.

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After a few minutes of introductions, I felt right at home with my book club. Of course, I was surrounded by other women who also loved to read so we had something in common, but more than that, the woman hosting the meeting had a great set of book discussion questions and conversation starters prepared in advance. She engaged our group and brought us together in a way that really made our club click. Having great book discussion questions is essential to leading a successful book club, and now that I run an online moms book club I use this lesson to avoid awkward silences (yes they can happen online) and create a lively, engaging book club meeting each month.

Does your book club need a little help in creating conversation? Read on for the best ways to find book discussion questions as well as my top ten generic book discussion questions that will work for anything you may choose. And there's a free printable too!

Book Club Questions for Any Book

Looking to liven up your book club? These book club discussion questions work for any book and come with a free printable guide! Everything you need to prepare for and lead your next book club discussion.

New! Love to read and need to keep your book wish list, reading log, and notes in one place? Check out my paperback reading planner & journal on Amazon - it's perfect for book clubs!

Finding Great Book Discussion Questions

When you choose a popular book club book, you can often find a wealth of book discussion questions already written for you. Many books have reading guides at the end of the book that are perfect to use for your book club. If not, you can visit the publisher or author's website and find online reading guides. 

If you want to go beyond the standard reading guide, a great place to find conversation starters is by searching for interviews with the book's author. For example, when my book club read Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline I found this interview with the author, and it sparked some great conversation (there are spoilers in there!) 

You can also try to connect with authors on social media - they may give you some great discussion ideas or even offer to Skype with your book club!

Using Generic Book Club Questions

Say you have picked a book that is a bit more obscure, or one that is brand new, and you can't find a discussion guide. Don't worry! I have put together a list of 10 book club discussion questions that will work for any book, and still encourage lively and engaging conversation. 

Even if you do have a reading guide, these questions will still help engage your book club members and provide great conversation starters. I like to mix some of these generic questions in to our discussion along with more book specific ones, to create a nice balance in the conversation.

The secret to each question is that they are all open ended - if something can be answered with a simple "yes" or "no" you do not want to include it in your book club question list. These questions will help your members open up.

My Favorite Book Club Questions

What three words would you use to best describe this book.

What was your favorite moment in the book? Your least favorite?

If you were in charge of casting the movie version of this book, who would you cast
as each character?

If you could invite one character over to your house for dinner, who would it be & why?

If you had to trade places with any character in the book, who would you choose & why?

What surprised you the most when you were reading this book?

Why do you think the author chose to tell the story from the perspective that (s)he did? 
Who would you have chosen as the narrator?

How did the setting of the book (location, time period, or both) impact the story?

If you had to choose one lesson that the author was trying to teach us with this story,
what would it be?

If you could write one more chapter after the ending, what would you write?

You can download the entire list of questions below as a free printable - I've also included spaces for your book club book informations, meeting details, and blank space at the bottom for you to add your own additional questions. Just click the button below to grab yours!


Join my Online Moms Book Club

Want to see these questions in action, and join a fun monthly online book club (no awkward silences, promise!)? I may be biased, but Mom's Book Nook is the best online moms book club you'll find.

We meet in a private Facebook group and chat about a new book every month. We announce the book selection on the first Monday of the month and discuss on the last Monday of the month at 9:00pm Eastern. We have a wonderful group of ladies who love books and we would love you have you join! Check us out here.

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