Book clubs or reading groups have become a popular way to read more, understand and discuss books, make new friends and socialise. They can be small and informal, with a different work read each month from a list decided on by the group, or they can be formally structured, with a member providing author profiles each month and discussion taking more academic forms. They can also now be joined through the Internet, with several reading group sites available.
At Wellington City Libraries we endeavour to assist and encourage book club / reading groups where we can, providing author information, reviews etc.
Library Book Clubs
Informal book groups meet once a month at:
Come along - they are open to all!
You can find book clubs listed on the Libraries' Event Calendar.
Other Book Discussion Groups
Wellington Reads - Our Online Goodreads Book Group
Would you love to belong to a book group, but just don't have the time? We've created a Goodreads group especially for Wellingtonians (or Wellingtonians at heart!), called "Wellington Reads". This is an online group that (so far!) doesn't meet in person, and we'd love to have you join!
If you've never heard of Goodreads before, you're in for a treat. Goodreads is a social networking site (like facebook, but for books!), that lets you catalogue your own bookshelf, keep track of your reading, and follow and interact with your friends' and favourite authors' reading. It's also a recommendation engine for what you might enjoy reading next -- and it's free! Head over and explore Goodreads site.
On Wellington Reads, we talk about favourite books and authors -- from New Zealand, and around the world. We have a monthly challenge (our current one is nostalgia children's fiction!), but usually no set book. Come share what you like to read, and hopefully find new reads and discover new authors!
Our Online Kids Book Club
This is a special bookclub for kids aged 5-12 years. it's a place where kids can post reviews of their favourite books, talk about great reads, and win prizes! Head over and have a look at our Kids' Club pages to find out more about how to join in.
Extensive information is given on the New Zealand Book Council website. This includes special support for Book Clubs, with Book Group Membership with the Book Council offered, discussion and a list of writers who visit Book Clubs.