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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 below to open full size version of the checklist. Print off...and complete...) 


 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


 Join in!  


CHRISTCHURCH: Prue contacted us to say she is keen to start a book club based in the central city area. So far they have interested women from Merivale, St Martins and the CBD. They plan to meet on the first Tuesday of each month. Contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for further details.

ESOL, CHRISTCHURCH: Scarlett is running a new book group that meets fortnightly on a Monday morning (next meeting 30 Oct). 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

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.

 Volunteers - both new and 'golden' 

We say 'hello' to a new volunteer, 'well done' to a longstanding one, and 'farewell' to another.

Phyll Wallace joins us on Monday mornings , to help cover new books to the scheme. She shares her memory of oranges and books here.


Pat Norton (below) has clocked up an amazing 20 years of volunteering with BDS. Most of us have probably handled a book that she has covered for the scheme. Read about her superb contribition here.


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






 BDS Book Night highlights 

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


 Literary Events 


BOP: Tauranga Arts Festival has a fantastic line up of writers events. 19-29 October. Details here.


Nelson: Readers & Writers festival this Friday onwards. Check it out here.

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


 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.


Podcasts of featured writers from the Auckland Writers Festival 2017 can be heard 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.

 Children & Young Adults 

Winners of the 2017 New Zealand Book Awards For Children And Young Adults announced here.
For reviews of the latest books for children and young adults on the Book Council website see here.

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