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How to Conduct a Great Book Club Discussion

If you have the honor of moderating your book club’s meeting, find out how to make it memorable.


  • Step 1: Investigate possible topics Investigate possible topics. Ask yourself what interests you, for instance, theme, character development, or imagery.
  • Step 2: Create a list Brainstorm ideas that spring from your interests in the book – and ask fellow club members to send their questions to you before the meeting.
  • Step 3: Pick questions Pick between five and 10 questions. You now have your list.
  • TIP: If there is not much interest in a question, move on to the next one. Enjoy the conversation.
  • Step 4: Show enthusiasm Show enthusiasm. If you’re interested in what you’re talking about, it’ll be infectious – which will result in a dynamic sharing of ideas.
  • FACT: Did you know? When Oprah Winfrey selected Anna Karenina for her book club, its publisher ordered 800,000 more copies.

You Will Need

  • Curiosity
  • Brainstorming ability
  • A list of questions
  • Enthusiasm

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