Discussion guides and questions

If you want to really discuss a book, moving beyond whether or not readers ‘liked it’, you need to be asking the right sort of questions to generate discussion. That’s where a good discussion guide is worth its weight in gold.

The first place to start is right here on Book Coasters. Browse the discussion questions prepared by our librarians by clicking on the Discussion Q’s tab near the top of the page (under the banner image) from anywhere on the site.

We also recommend the online resources available through our library website, including NoveList Plus which is excellent for finding material by theme, character type or similarity to another book.

There are also plenty of other sites to browse for discussion ideas:

  • Book Browse –  has excellent reading guides, reviews, excerpts, author bios and interviews
  • Canadian bookclub site –  providing discussion questions tailored to book clubs
  • Book Movement – recommends books for groups to read and provides a list of insightful discussion questions to get you going.

The last thing you want is for your book club reading to start feeling like school work, but if you’ve chosen a literary classic as your book to read, you’ll find masses of insightful discussion questions in the free study guides available at Cliffs Notes.

Authors’ own websites are also good places to find discussion guides, as are publisher websites such as Penguin, HarperCollins and PanMacmillan.