Article Image Convenor Tips

  Are you new to the role of convenor of your book group? Or maybe you've been at it for a while, but are interested in ways to better manage your book group. At BDS we aim to make book club... Read More

Article Image Traffic Light Updates

Orange Light Update Kia ora BDS Whānau, We are pleased to let you know that under Orange Light settings, from Tuesday 19 April BDS office hours in Christchurch will be extended to: 10:00AM-4:00PM... Read More

Article Image 'cause this is thriller, thriller night...

...and we've got some chilling BDS reads for those of you want to indulge your more sinister side this spooky season. From an intriguing mystery set on the West Coast of New Zealand to a menacing... Read More

Article Image Lockdown Updates

Kia Kaha Please see below for the latest updates for groups in Auckland/Northland, the rest of the country, and Christchurch. Tue 7 September Update For Christchurch Convenors From tomorrow... Read More

Article Image Men's Book Group Meet Up NEW DATE

  Join us for a beer and some snacks, and hear from other male BDS members about the benefits of book club for blokes. Did you know that there are only 16 all-male BDS book groups in New... Read More

Article Image If you're still looking for a book group

We're hosting a series of online and face-to-face events during May designed specifically to bring together people interested in starting, joining or growing book groups. If you... Read More

Article Image My Book Club Recommends: Being Chinese, A New Zealander's Story

by Helene Wong Reviewed by Jeanie Brigham   “You can go anywhere you like,” her mother said. “This is your home.” In 1980, at the age of about 30, Helene Wong was in China for the... Read More

Article Image My Book Club Recommends: The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

by Elisabeth Tova Bailey Reviewed by Penelope Tinsley   When the author of this charming little story was stricken by a peculiar virus she was confined to bed, and too weak to continue with... Read More

Article Image Library Reading Recommendations

If you're looking for your next in-between-book-club read, there's no better place to start than your local library. Libraries are so much more than just a place to borrow books from: They're... Read More

Article Image Reading about Race

At BDS we believe that book groups can help pave the way to a fairer, kinder, stronger New Zealand by being places where people can connect, learn, be inspired, and grow together. Literature has... Read More

Article Image BDS Featured on ReadNZ Blog

BDS Promotions person, Renee Blackburn, was recently interviewed by ReadNZ about how New Zealand's book clubs are coping during lockdown, what they're reading, and why they joined the Book Discussion... Read More

Article Image COVID-19: Latest advice for Book Groups

COVID-19 Update Mon 15 Feb 2021 Kia ora BDS whānau. Well, here we are again. Here's a quick reminder of how things will operate at levels two and three: Getting it done online — If you can... Read More

Article Image Auckland Writers Festival Road Trip

  *** UPDATE 16 March 2020 — AWF events have been cancelled to help stop the spread of COVID-19 ***   Join Festival Director Anne O'Brien at bookshops and libraries around NZ for a... Read More

Article Image BDS Members Satisfaction Survey

At the end of 2019, we asked our members what book club meant to them, and for suggestions on how we could improve our service. Below is a summary of their responses, as well an update on how we are... Read More

Article Image 11 Unique Love Stories

Let's get between the sheets...of paper and explore 11 titles with their own unique love stories. From the heart-warming and funny, to the melancholic and tragic, these are just a few stories from... Read More

Article Image An Author at Our Table

Would you seize the opportunity to discuss your latest book club read in the presence of its author? Could you confess that you didn't enjoy it, or found it challenging? Would you question the... Read More

Article Image Six Spine-tingling Titles

Why do we get such a thrill out of being frightened? And why would a generally considered 'pleasant' pastime like reading include so many genres dedicated to creeping us out? Crime, Horror, Thriller,... Read More

Article Image Mental Health Awareness Week: Five ways books and reading build mental well-being

  New Zealand's Mental Health Awareness Week happens every year during September. The kōrero/conversation about mental health in our country is an important one, so we've put together a... Read More

Article Image Five Reads for Te Reo and Tikanga Maori

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori is 9-15 Mahuru/September 2019 and to celebrate we’ve put together a list of five BDS titles that feature te reo and tikanga Māori/Māori language and customs. Every New... Read More

Article Image Why I work at Book Discussion Scheme

I wanted to work for Book Discussion Scheme because I fell in love with their mission to promote reading and literacy. Open Books Open Minds: They are gateways to compassion, hope, love,... Read More

Article Image Megan's moving on

Megan Blakie has been our Promotions person for 8 years (part-time) and finishes in this role on Thursday 21 February, to take up new professional challenges. She writes: "A highlight of my job... Read More

Article Image NZ book prompts Lyttelton man's new career

Books can entertain, inspire and inform but a Lyttelton man’s monthly read led to a change of career. David Peers, who’s part of a seven-member all male book group with BDS, was prompted to... Read More

Article Image Same same but different - BDS' legal entity

By the start of the new financial year in April 2019, Book Discussion Scheme will become a charitable trust. Essentially the day-to-day operations will remain the same but legally, and at a... Read More

Article Image A Journey with Books 1999-2019

Dunedin 029 celebrated their 20th anniversary by going out for dinner (attended by five of the original members and the group's founder, who joined them from Waikanae!). Current convenor... Read More

Article Image 20 years in Timaru

Timaru 008 sent in this end-of-year pic to say they have been going for 20 years. Three of the group are the originals.  "We are very proud of our group and have been there for one... Read More

Article Image When we discuss the book I understand better

Rachel, a migrant who attends a BDS-resourced book group for speakers of other languages, succinctly sums up a key aspect of any book-club experience. "When I read a book I think I understand the... Read More

Article Image Book group patron

How many book clubs have a patron? Dunedin 058 does. A patron is 'a loyal supporter of someone or something'. Google tell us that a patron of the arts 'helps support starving artists'; we hope... Read More

Article Image Info about overdue books now online

A new function on our website allows Convenors to check if any of their group's books are overdue. The online information, which can be accessed through the Convenor part of the BDS website, allows... Read More

Article Image Male 'book and beverage' group hits the spot

Peter Swan's all-male book club might seem to encourage stereotypical 'bloke' behaviour but at closer inspection his 'Beverage and Books' group does anything but. The former civil-structural... Read More

Article Image Male book group encourages tolerance

A Mount Albert man believes his all-male book group not only promotes a love of reading but encourages tolerance. Michael Loo, who meets up monthly with four other male readers, says belonging to a... Read More

Article Image Men's book group is surprisingly candid

The coordinator of an all-male book group in Dunedin is staggered – and delighted – by the candour with which the men talk about themselves. "What has really struck me is the conversations start... Read More

Article Image Book group provides social glue for Whakatane men

For a part-time bush worker, his men’s book club provides much needed social interaction. Whakatane semi-retiree Peter Fergusson, who works for Manawahe Eco Trust helping to eradicate pest animals... Read More

Article Image Dawn Raid author visits

Reading our own New Zealand stories can be a powerful experience and Invercargill 004 enjoyed hosting the author of a book in the 'New Zealand Stories' series produced by educational publisher... Read More

Article Image Prison book group volunteer honoured

Prison volunteer Celia Bockett received an award from Department of Corrections Ara Poutama Aotearoa for her help in running a BDS book group at Tongariro prison.  BDS was advised of Celia's... Read More

Article Image Kiwi authors find their 'voice'

“As a writer, I’m the end product of everything I’ve read,” said respected New Zealand author Lloyd Jones to an audience of 30 BDS members on Saturday night (1 September). Lloyd, a... Read More

Article Image Thank you from the 'inside'

It's not unusual for Book Discussion Scheme to receive the occasional card or email of thanks from members who appreciate the service we provide or to share how much they are enjoying their book... Read More

Article Image Less homework, more reading

Mid Canterbury school principal Sean Wansbrough is a keen advocate of the pastime of reading, so much so that the school's homework policy reflects this. Pupils' homework requirements have been... Read More

Article Image Leading Reading - student book groups

BDS offers high schools a student book-group programme for the first part of the academic year. Fifteen student groups are operating this year, including an all-boys group at Sancta Maria College... Read More

Article Image Sight impairment no reason to avoid book club

Having poor eyesight doesn’t mean you can’t be part of a book group, according to a Far North reader Jean Dowson. Jean coordinates a Book Discussion Scheme book group that has been going for 22... Read More

Article Image Your feedback counts

Member's feedback about BDS books and discussion notes is vital. Book groups' comments - whether positive or 'constructive' - help the scheme to maintain a quality selection of titles and to... Read More

Article Image When is a question a ‘good’ question?

 When is a question a ‘good’ question? New Zealand author Tina Shaw is one of 22 Book Discussion Scheme notewriters who are faced with crafting ‘good’ questions and informative material... Read More

Article Image The life journey of a barcode

When a box of sparkling new books arrives at the Sydenham office of Book Discussion Scheme, not all staff view the arriving package with the full reverence it deserves! One such person is our... Read More


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