My several appearances at book clubs have been wonderful experiences. I learned, however, that many of the clubs would benefit from a reading guide. Some have, in fact, requested one. The one I prepared is intended for a memoir, but may be adaptable to other published works. So, here goes:
1. What did you like best about this book?
2. What did you like least about this book?
3. What other books did this remind you of?
4. Which character(s) in the book would you most like to meet?
5. Which characters did you like least?
6. If you were making a movie of this book, whom would you cast?
7. Share a favorite quote from the book. Why did this quote stand out?
8. Would you read another book by this author? Why or why not?
9. What feelings did this book evoke for you?
10. What did you think of the book’s length? If it’s too long, what would you cut? If too short, what would you add?
11. If you got the chance to ask the author of this book one question, what would it be?
12. Which places in the book would you most like to visit?
13. What do you think of the book’s title? How does it relate to the book’s contents? What other title might you choose?
14. What do you think of the book’s cover? How well does it convey what the book is about?
15. What do you think the author’s purpose was in writing this book? What ideas was he or she trying to get across?
16. What aspects of the author’s story could you most relate to?
17. How honest do you think the author was being?
18. What gaps do you wish the author had filled in? Were there points where you thought he or she shared too much?
19. Think about the other people in the book besides the author. How would you feel to have been depicted in this way?
20. Why do you think the author chose to tell this story?
The Reading Group Guide is also available at MishpuchaBooks.com.