Discussion Questions

Aside from the book and your friends, asking questions about what you’ve read is, obviously, a key to any good book club. The right questions can keep your book club lively and engaged (and avoid any awkward silences). And since no one wants to sit through a book club discussion that is halting and uninspiring, we have discussion questions available for all of the titles below, plus some general questions that you can use to start a conversation on any book. Scroll down for the complete selection of discussion questions. 

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Click on any title below to find discussion questions for your next book club. Books are listed in alphabetical order by title. 

Can't find discussion questions for a book? Email bookclub@jewishbooks.org, and JBC will try to help!


General Questions

These are extremely general questions to kick off a conversation. The types of questions tend to differ between genres, so there are a few for fiction and a few for nonfiction listed here. 

If you are reading more fiction, here are a few suggestions of questions: 
  • Were there any characters that you related to more or less than the others?
  • Was there a section of the book that spoke to you?
  • Do any of the characters get to experience redemption in the novel? If so, who and when?
  • Is there a particular character that stands out to you as the hero of the  story? Why?
  • How did you feel about the end of the book? Did it change how you view the novel as a whole? 

If you are reading more nonfiction:
  • What did you learn from reading this book?
  • Was there anything that you found surprising?
  • Do you feel that the author's writing of the book was biased or completely objective?
  • Was there something in the book that you related to or shared the author's perspective on?
  • Why do you think the author chose to write on this subject matter? 

For more, see "Finding Discussion Questions" on our Further Resources page.