Sometimes us Hobart folk feel like we're trapped at the South Pole during winter, battering down the hatches and permanently attaching ourselves to anything that blows or radiates warm air. It's safe to say that a lot of us tend to hibernate at home in the cooler months, doing little in our spare time other than watching Neighbours reruns.
But there are options. There's a way to indulge your inner homebody while also making friends and staying social. Book clubs are gaining popularity since British comedy series The Book Group and the ABC's The First Tuesday Book Club. The idea of reading a book at home then engaging in deep debate with a group of like-minded souls has become altogether less daggy and far more cool.
Book groups are becoming cool...
Luckily there are a few established book clubs in Hobart, and more are springing up all the time.
Fullers Bookshop is the go-to location for literary types in Hobart, and they have long been running a number of popular monthly Reading Groups. The staff at Fullers are pretty savvy and choose a good selection of quality new releases and established gems. There are no joining costs, although Fullers asks that participants buy the book in their store. You'll be guaranteed good chat and good coffee in these meetings. Fullers Bookshop Reading Groups
The Hobart Pseudo-Intellectuals Book Club is a new, free group that has a mission to explore the 20th century classics by writers like George Orwell, Isaac Asimov, Albert Camus, Franz Kafka and many more. They usually meet on the last Thursday of each month in the cosy surroundings of the New Sydney Hotel and get into discussion over beers, chai, coffee and absinthe. Join by visiting The Hobart Pseudo-Intellectuals Book Club
The Hobart Pseudo-Intellectuals Book Club is reading Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis
The Book Club meets once a month at The Atrium at the Grand Chancellor Hotel to discuss a range of contemporary and favourite novels (currently they're reading smash hit The Fault in Our Stars). They organise their meetings via Facebook and post cool booky, inspirational memes to keep you reading. The Book Club
Book Groups Tasmania is run by LINC, Tasmania's government-run library service. You can either get a group of friends together or ask the administrators to connect you to a group somewhere in town. A full annual membership fee, which gives you access to 12 books per year, is $106. Book Groups Tasmania