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Book Cover Graphic: HappinessSet in small-town America, a migrant is killed in a hit-and-run, and his daughter is left to search for answers... read more about The Other Americans
Book Cover Graphic: UnshelteredAmbition, corruption, intrigue; it's all here in this vividly imagined story of the real events of more about The Poison Bed
Book Cover Graphic: James HectorA story of contemporary India set amidst the Kashmiri 'troubles' and the dark realities of class and more about The Far Field
Book Cover Graphic: HappinessBased on true events, a story of hope and love under the most challenging more about The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Book Cover Graphic: The Milk Lady of Bangalore"If you want to lift a society up, invest in women", says Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation... read more about The Moment of Lift
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In our last newsletter, we asked for your feedback on how your year with a BDS book group had gone — and the responses are in! Check out what book clubs around the country said in our feature article below.

Also in this issue we have opportunities to get involved by writing book reviews for BDS, a chance to WIN a 10 concession pass to Auckland Writers Festival in May, new updates to the convenor section of the website to share, and plenty more...

Happy Reading, everyone. 

NZ Book Clubs: What you said

Responses to our recent survey

On the whole, respondents to our survey were very happy with the service they receive from BDS and said that book club was an important and rewarding part of their lives. We've summarised what you said in this infographic — and also taken the time to respond to your suggestions on how we can keep improving.

View the infographic in full or check out the article on the BDS news blog for our responses to your feedback.

Congratulations to our winners, who each received a hand-made protective book sleeve for participating in our survey:

Rae, Christchurch
Julie, Picton
Edith, Cromwell

Image excerpt from infographic
View the full infographic
Did you miss the survey? You can let us know anytime if you have suggestions, questions or feedback — email the team at — we'd love to hear from you.

BDS News

BDS article featured on Now to Love

Check out this piece we wrote for Now to Love: The top 12 books for discussion, debate, and enlightenment according to the book clubs of New Zealand.

It features titles that our book groups told us really got them thinking, talking, and even acting on what they'd read. 

What do you think? Do you agree? Let us know if we missed any by leaving your comment on the article's Facebook post.

View and change your meeting dates

It can be hard to keep track of your meetings dates, especially after the holiday break. We've now made your entire year of meeting dates available to view online — and you can easily request changes from the same screen if you know you have to break your usual pattern.

How to:
Login > Go to Group's Details > Scroll to Your Meeting Dates

Read and review for BDS

Do you consider yourself a good judge of books? Do you bring a unique and diverse perspective? If you really loved a book, and find you just can't stop talking about it, we invite you to write a more in-depth review for a new blog segment: My Book Club Recommends. Your review will be published online and may also be published in our partners' publications.

Contact Renee for more information.

From the blog

The latest posts from our blog you may have missed:

11 Unique Love Stories
For Valentines Day we put together a list of BDS titles for lovers of love...
Staff Picks: Annie Boardman reviews: The Big Thirst
Annie was hooked by this non-fiction read about the turbulent future of water and why we shouldn't take this precious resource for granted...
Staff Picks: Cherie Gordon reviews Plainsong
Beautiful, poignant, and funny Plainsong is one of Cherie's all-time favourite works of fiction.
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We also have a private group for book clubbers around NZ to share news, ideas and book recommendations with other groups: Request to join The Book Group Group and be part of the conversation.
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Speaking of ways to keep in touch, you can now find us on Instagram @bookdiscussionschemenz posting book reviews, new title announcements, quotes and other book-related content. We'd love to see you there too.

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WIN a 10 concession pass to Auckland Writers Festival 12-17 May 2020

Win Tickets to Auckland Writers Festival
Thanks to our friends at Auckland Writers Festival, we have a ten concession pass to give away.

This pass gets you ten tickets to AWF events in the 2020 Festival: Go with your book group and use them all at once, or split them across ten separate events — it's up to you!

Festival Dates: 12-17 May 2020

This event isn't just for Auckland — You can also be in to win a ten concession pass by attending one of the programme preview roadshow events taking place around New Zealand from 17 March - 1 April. Find a location near you.
Enter Now

Connecting readers and book groups

The best place to start if you're a group looking for new members, or a reader looking for a group, is the interactive map at
Use the interactive map to find or start a book group in your area
You can send messages directly to group convenors and other readers:

Red Stars = Groups open to new members

Blue Stars = Readers wanting to start a group

TIP: Existing groups can check their open/closed status and update their group description by logging into the convenor section of the website and going to 'Group's Profile'.
More tips for forming and growing book groups
  • Leave a message in your local library or community noticeboard.
  • Join your neighbourhood's Facebook group and place a post there.
  • Neighbourly is another great online tool for connecting with people in your area.
  • Place a free ad in your local newspaper.
  • Contact if you'd like to be featured as either a reader or a group in an upcoming newsletter or on BDS social media.
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