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 A fun Reading Challenge for 2018 

Your book group's reading challenge ...should you wish to accept it!... is to read a book from each criteria listed on the attached poster. Give your group this challenge for 2018!

(Click on graphic above to open full size version of the checklist. Print off...and complete...) 

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 Join in! Groups looking for new members  

AUCKLAND, MANGERE BRIDGE AREA: Jackie and her group AUCK 006 are wanting 'new blood' for their small group. They are women "of retirement age" who "are in no way stuffy or old-fashioned" and who enjoy conversation as well as discussing the book. They occasionally have a night at the movies. They meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month in the evening, usually in people's homes (Mangere Bridge area although members come from a wider range of areas including Parnell). Contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   for details. 

AUCKLAND, GREENLANE: All female group (AUCK 127) of professional women 50-60 yrs meet on the third Thursday of the month from 6-7pm at a home in Greenlane. Lively discussion. Enjoy a glass of wine. Email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for details.

CHRISTCHURCH, LINWOOD LIBRARY: This library-based group is ably facilitated by a librarian, Andrea Lord, and is looking for men and women to swell their recently depleted numbers.  Everyone very welcome. Daytime group on the first Tuesday of the month. Contact Andrea at the library ph 941 7923. 

ESOL book group, CHRISTCHURCH: Scarlett is running a new book group that meets fortnightly on a Monday morning (next meeting 13 Nov). Central location (a cafe at the The Colombo mall, Colombo Street). A relaxed environment to practise reading and chatting in English! Email Scarlett  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for further information.

YOUR LOCATION? Information about other opportunitites to join an existing group or join with local readers can be found at

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 Want 8000 more Kiwi kids to read?  

Will you join the NZ Book Council in bringing 80 more writers to 80 more schools, to inspire 8000 more Kiwi kids to read and write creatively?

BDS is endorsing this '80 More' project and invites you and your book group to support it. See details here or print out the form from our website.



Our Books, Your Stories...our latest e-newsletter can be read here.


 The votes are in: Favourite Books as voted by you! 

Each year our book groups vote on their best books:

Find out groups' FAVOURITE BOOKS for 2017

Find out groups' CHALLENGING but RECOMMENDED BOOKS for 2017








Prison Book Groups  

Seven prison facilities throughout the country use Book Discussion Scheme resources to run book groups for male and female prisoners. Read more about the one at Tongariro Prison here.






 Volunteer contribution 


We acknowledge the contribution of volunteer BDS reviewer and senior lecturer in library studies, Rachel McCahon (below), who has died. 









Literary Events 

The tally for Book Night 2017 was 2,222 registered readers. We had a 'smashing' array of 45 events around the country on Tuesday 23 May. Thanks schools, libraries, City of Literature, book groups and other organisations and individuals for your superb efforts to make the event such a success.

You can check out our News page to read about what readers and towns (and canines!) got up to on Book Night. 

steven wild book night


For a comprehensive list of literary and book festivals, see the NZ Book Council website event listings

 Literary news 

 Too true! 

"Encouraging reading, particularly reading for pleasure, is critical to ensure all New Zealanders can be part of our nation’s prosperity.” Read more from the NZ Book Council and its latest research here.

  Aotearoa Reads - NZ Book Council's pick of Kiwi authors 

For lively written, audio and video content on Kiwi books and writers, see Enjoy the latest reviews, commentary, interviews and book recommendations on the web, handpicked by the NZ Book Council team.

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