Most of us here at Bethany House are admitted book nerds. (There was a lunch conversation where we discussed our favorite punctuation marks.) I actually own a game called Jenga for Book Lovers, which is your typical pull-out-a-block-from-the-tower game, but with reading-related questions on each of the pieces that you then read aloud and discuss. Most of the questions are fairly general, asking you to name a favorite genre or character or asking if you prefer ebooks or print.
It did get me thinking, though: what are some interesting conversation starters among readers? If you’re having a social event with your book club, need inspiration for a book blog post, or just want to quiz your fellow reading friends, here are some that I came up with.
One: What sort of stats would you have to track if you formed a version of Fantasy Football, but with authors instead of sports figures? (Character deaths? Vocabulary choices? Bestseller status or just number of tissues needed for the ending?)
Two: Name a classic you feel is overrated and should never be required in schools.
Three: What genre, character type, or trope that most people go crazy for do you secretly (or not-so-secretly) hate?
Four: Is there a book you’re embarrassed to admit you have never read? How about one that you’re embarrassed you have read.
Five: What would make you enjoy a book that didn’t have a traditional happy ending? (Or do you actually prefer those?)
Six: Pick an author, living or dead, who you would want to meet. What questions might you ask that person?
Seven: What is a book published in the last few years that you think will be considered an enduring classic in one hundred years? Why would you say that?
Eight: Have you ever actually thrown a book across the room? Why? (Or why did you consider it?)
Nine: You can live in any book’s world for a day, but only as an observer. Which book do you choose, and what day?
Ten: Can you remember a particular childhood book, series, or author that made you love reading?
Pick your favorite question above and answer it in the comments. I’d love to get to know some of the frequent readers of our blog by hearing your answers!