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How to Start a Book Club : How to Conduct a Book Club Discussion

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I’m Jeanna Rock, and we’re discussing how
to lead a book discussion. First of all, make sure that you read the book. And encourage
the other members of your group to read it as well. I know that sometimes it’s hard for
us to get through a novel in a month, or whatever the time limit is, but it’s hard to have a
discussion if everyone hasn’t read a novel, and quite often if the book has a surprise
ending, we’re a little bit hesitant to discuss that. In our book group, the rule is we’re
going to have spoilers. If you didn’t read the book, that’s your problem, we’re going
to talk about it, and we’re going to talk about all the surprising instances that happened
as well. So make sure that everyone reads. Be sure that you have a list of some questions
that will lead to a good discussion, and try to tie some of those questions in with books
that you’ve read before as well. Making those connections is very important. Include everyone
in your discussion. Make sure that not one person sits there and does not participate
at all. Quite often we have people who dominate the discussion, and that is not helpful. We
want everyone to participate, we want everyone’s ideas to be presented to the group. Also,
don’t allow people to go off too far on tangents. I know sometimes it’s very interesting and
sometimes it’s enlightening to do that, but keep your discussion on the book, and leave
time at the end for discussing things that don’t have anything to do with the book.

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