The best type of book discussion questions are those that highlight specific passages or characters and that avoid what readers liked and disliked. Good questions require participants to support their views or opinions with what they read in the text.
There are many general book discussion questions that can work for any piece of literature. Common fiction book club questions cover a variety of topics.
How did you (the participant) experience the book?
Were you drawn in right away, or did it take awhile?
Did you find the characters convincing and realistic or one-dimensional?
Do any of the characters grow and develop during the story?
Did you find the plot well-developed?
Did you expect the ending, or did it surprise you?
Is there anything you would change about the ending?
Can you pick out a passage that you found profound or interesting?
If you had the chance to talk to the author, what would you want to know about this book?
Would you recommend this book to others?
Questions for non-fiction books may focus more on the cultural relevancy of the book, personal effect on the reader's life, evidence provided, implications made and the call-to-action.
Does the book offer a central idea or theme?
What type of tone and language does the author use?
Did you learn something new reading this book?