Discussion Questions

January 25, 2016

My passion for reading does not end at the written word. I participate in quite a few book clubs in the greater Madison WI area, and I lead two of them. To encourage you and your friends to also discuss these books, below you can find discussion questions for the book clubs I lead. Take these, use them directly, modify them– whatever you need to have a rousing discussion!

Happy reading!


I Heart Band

Verona Area Concert Band Book Club

This book club meets quarterly. Books are chosen based on the theme for the upcoming Verona Area Concert Band (VACB) concert theme.

Q4 2015: Childhood Memories –  Holes by Louis Sachar (Review)

Q1 2016: Blue – 2 AM at the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino (Review)

Q2 2016: 5 Year Anniversary Concert – Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (Review)

Q3 2016: Summer Concert – Let’s Get Lost by Ali Alsaid (Review)

Q4 2016: Dedications – The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Review)

Q1 2017:  A World of Music – Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel


Feministm is for everyone

 Our Shared Shelf: Sweet Chapter

Emma Watson began a feminist-centered book club as part of her work with UN Women in January 2016. The goal of this book club is to share words about quality and help educate the masses. Each month, a new book is selected. To help hold people accountable and ensure the conversation is still being had, I coordinated a chapter of this group for in-person discussion.

January 2016My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem (Review)

February 2016: The Color Purple by Alice Walker (Review)

March 2016: All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks (Review)

April 2016: How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran (Review)

May 2016: The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson (Review)

June/July 2016: The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (Review)

August/September 2016: Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by (Review)

October/November 2016: Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (Review)

November/December 2017: Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou (Review)

January/February 2017: The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler (Review)

March/April 2017: Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

May/June 2017: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (Review)


Additional Discussion Questions

Sometimes, I just get really into a book, and I feel like it would benefit from a discussion. Or, I participate in another book club, or just get brunch and chat with someone Buddy-Read style. Here are my notes from those experiences:

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