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.
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.
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.
Find us on Instagram
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.
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.