A YEAR IN BOOKCLUBS

We love Bookclubs here at Avid, so much so that we run six of them! We are renowned for our “feisty and entertaining” bookclubs, and are just as renowned for the wine that flows freely (in all senses of the word) on our back deck when our book-lovin’ groups get together. Don’t forget all our bookclubs are free to join and there are no membership or cancellation fees! We just ask that you buy each month’s book from us (and you’ll get a 10% discount if you do!).  But which books were our bookclub favourites in 2015? Read on to find out!

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THE OPEN & DAYLIGHT BOOKCLUBS:

Fiona, our fearless leader, looks after our two most popular bookclubs, The Open Bookclub and The Daylight Bookclub. Both discuss the same book on the first Wednesday night on the month and first Thursday night of the month respectively. These bookclubs focus on new-release international fiction.

TOP THREE BOOKS OF 2015:
The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

The Children Act by Ian McEwan

WINNER:
Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood

Judy says, “I have chosen this book because it really ‘got under my skin’ (and it is still there). I have recommended it to several people and it generated a very good discussion at book club.”

NATURAL WAY OF THINGS

 

THE AUSTRALIAN BOOKCLUB:

Fiona and Jennifer run the Australian Bookclub, a small but dedicated group of readers who each month dedicate themselves to a piece of new release Australian fiction. They meet on the first Tuesday of each month.

TOP THREE BOOKS OF 2015:
Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood

A Guide to Berlin by Gail Jones

Eating My Grandmother by Krissy Kneen

WINNER:
The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood

Sue says, “A thought provoking book and an interesting discussion that prompted me to re-read it to understand others’ views.”

NATURAL WAY OF THINGS

 

THE CRIME BOOKCLUB:

Fiona LOVES crime, and curates this group with real love, focusing on new release crime titles, often overlooked books and especially those with interesting international settings. If you’re a crime buff, you’ll definitely want to join the Crime Bookclub on the first Saturday afternoon of each month!

TOP THREE BOOKS OF 2015:
Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich

Hades by Candice Fox

Rage Against Dying by Becky Masterman

WINNER:
Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich

Mark says: “Couldn’t put Bull Mountain down. I loved the story of the inter- generational crime family. It had a great narrative and characters.”

Joy says “Scenery, characters and plot were excellent. It’s very full on from the first page. Keeping it to read again!”

BULL MOUNTAIN

 

THE BIG BREAKFAST BOOKCLUB:

This is our newest bookclub, hosted by Fiona on the first Sunday of each month. What makes this bookclub special is not only that you get to eat brekkie during it, but that the author of the book you’re discussing is there as well!

2015 saw authors Mary-Rose MacColl, Kari Gislason and Susan Johnson join us for brunch and a bookclub chat and 2016 kicks off with Cass Moriarty, author of The Promise Seed!

Big_Breakfast Bookclub

 

THE GOOD SEX AWARD BOOKCLUB:

Our very own author extraordinaire Krissy runs this bookclub, perhaps the most eclectic of all our book groups. The Good Sex Award Bookclub reads new and classic fiction and nonfiction dealing with erotica, sexuality and the multi-facets of the human condition.


TOP THREE BOOKS OF 2015:
Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson
Bluets by Maggie Nelson
The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine by Krissy Kneen

WINNER:
Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson

WRITTEN ON THE BODY

 

 

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS BOOKCLUB:

The Y&R Bookclub are a very cool group of 18-35 year-olds who discuss and dissect new release cult fiction, critical darlings and books from the cultural fringe. Hosts James and Madeleine ensure they are also our highest wine-bottle-per-capita bookclub.

TOP THREE BOOKS:
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

The First Bad Man by Miranda July

The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt

WINNER:
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Madeleine says, “This was the most compelling and heartbreaking novel I’ve ever read.”

LITTLE LIFE

At 700+ pages, there ain’t much LITTLE about it…

 

Young and Restless End of Year

The Y&R Bookclub enjoys an end of year drink. They needed it after their heated discussion about ‘A Little Life’!

If you’ve made a New Year’s Resolution to join a bookclub, we’ve got you covered. Come along and we promise you won’t be disappointed!