Help! The other day I agreed to write a list of book group discussion questions for my novels The Blue Suitcase and Food of Ghosts. The thing is, even though I have been in a book group, I’d never really seen (never mind discussed) book group questions. Then, by sheer coincidence, I finished reading The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of The Window And Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson and discovered 20 reading group discussion questions at the end! They vary from:
“What do you think are the central themes of the novel?”
“Did you enjoy the use of humour?”
I thought the questions were okay but that I could do better. Then I tried. Yikes! It is not as easy as it sounds – see my first efforts to write book group questions for The Blue Suitcase here! It then occurred to me I should be asking the experts ie: all you readers out there!
Can you help? If you are in a book group, and even if you’re not, what kind of questions would you recommend – you don’t have to have read my novels to do this? Send one question or ten, or twenty! All welcome!
We will publish the best questions in the Kindle/ebook versions of the books, the blog and in the paperbacks (on the next print runs), and you and/or your book group’s name will be published alongside your questions for the world to see!
When you have your questions ready, send them to me Marianne@mariannewheelaghan.co.uk
Finally, I’d love to know what your thoughts are on book group questions generally. Do leave a comment here and say if you think they are a good idea or not. What is the worst question you have come across? What is the best?
PS: If you are not sure what book club discussion questions are, check out my draft questions for The Blue Suitcase: Book Group Questions The Blue Suitcase. I am not 100% happy with these questions, so do let me know what you think of them: too long, too tricky, too easy?