3 Great Games for the Book Club

10 November 2015

This is a guest post by Reese Collins and contains affiliate links.

Being part of a book club is a great way to motivate yourself to finish books, and discussing the merits of each book you read is a pretty fun way to dissect a good book. Sometimes, however, you just want to shake things up and start doing things differently – forget the usual set up, and discuss a book or break the ice in a different way. Here are some book-themed games you may be able to enjoy with your book club!

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1. Extreme Makeover
One of the main points discussed by a book club is always the strength of the characterization of a novel. Many novels fall short of creating dynamic characters and end up with flat, one-dimensional characters, but when characterization is pulled off correctly, you get to see characters that can be thrown into any situation and still thrive. To test this out, you can play a game called Extreme Makeover to transpose characters from your favorite books into different settings. You can try to bring characters from the classics into the modern era, or put characters from modern books into the settings of classics.

2. Bad Book Bingo
If you’re tired of finding the same bad elements in books, a game of bingo may be just what you need. The game is similar to B Movie Bingo, which puts the worst elements of B movies into a bingo card so viewers can cross them out as they encounter them. Bingo operators have often seen book clubs as a potential market, with Gala Bingo regularly hosting online book discussions through their bingo games as well. Simply brainstorm with your book club to try and determine the worst clichés you’ve encountered in bad books, then create a bingo card and hand them out to the members of the book club as you assign the next book to read. As you read through the book, cross out all the elements you encounter, and when you meet up once again, compare bingo cards to see if anyone was able to get a BINGO!

3. Book Jeopardy
A game that tests general knowledge of books and literature, the only real rules to Book Jeopardy are: First, a person gives an answer, and the next person in the circle must ask a question that the answer provided by the first person would work for. Here are some examples from Good Reads:

Person 1 gives- Answer: Dumbledore, Merlin, Gandalf?
Then Person 2 gives- Question: What are wizards?
Person 1- A: Moby Dick
Person 2- Q: What is a book by Herman Melville? or Q:What is another name for The White Whale?
A: Silver
Q: What is a poison for werewolves? or Q: What is the name of The Lone Ranger’s horse?

Do you have any other games you like to play with your book club?

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