When you started your book club, you probably envisioned a group of people sitting around discussing the symbolism or metaphor in a fictional book. Consider the possibility of selecting nonfiction books to discuss in your book club because nonfiction books can be a wonderful way to open your club to new information and experiences. When you read nonfiction books with your book club, you’ll also get the opportunity to discuss what you’ve learned with others, and listen to their unique perspectives.
Great fictional books were written by authors with the talent to take you away to another world and introduce you to characters that you may grow very fond of. Fictional books are a great choice for this reason: they’re engaging, imaginative, fun to read and more enjoyable to talk about.
Discussing fiction books in a book club can be a great experience as each member gives their perspective on what transpired in the novel. There may be conflicting views of one person’s favorite character. Some members may have had strong emotions or reactions to the storyline. It is a rewarding experience to have thought-provoking discussions that involve how different people can have such varied reactions to the same book.
Reading a fiction book makes the book club work to interpret the meaning of the events in the book, and have an enjoyable and intellectually challenging experience discussing it. Choose a work of fiction if you want your book club to have fun reading and interpreting books.
There are many exciting advantages to choosing a nonfiction book. They can have the advantage of being based on a current event or focused on an important topic that your reading club wants to learn more about. Some nonfiction books are just as engaging as works of fiction.
Nonfiction books can also be a great way to learn a new hobby or review a historical topic that you and your reading group haven’t studied in depth. You can even choose a “How-To” type book and learn a new activity together.
Most book clubs will probably benefit from choosing a mix of fiction and nonfiction titles for discussions. Talk with your club members about what types of books you’d like to read and make a decision that everyone can live with. And don’t be afraid to throw a nonfiction book into the mix if you generally read fiction, or vice versa. Different types of books will bring diversity and depth to your club’s conversation.
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