Book Club

Do you love reading? Do you love chatting/ranting/learning about what you're reading? Get involved in SURLY's Book Club!

MSA Book club is a fun, informal program run by student volunteers in Surly. Read, chat, and hang out with other booklovers 📚🤓💃

The following groups will be running in 2021, with registration links opening in O-week so you can join.


YA Fantasy

The theme of this book club will be 'Stepping into a new world"". It will be a light-hearted, and fun place for like-minded people to come together and explore the genre of Young Adult Fantasy. It will be very member orientated and fluid so we can all explore new titles and series together, and immerse ourselves into new and exciting fantasy worlds!

This book club will be a place where we can all take a break from studies to be relaxed and social despite the usual chaos that occurs during Semester! It's a fun time where we can come together to swoon over our book crushes and to put forward all of our book theories. Last Semester the group worked through the Bone Witch trilogy by Rin Chupeco.

Fortnightly, Thursday 7 pm, online with some additional on campus meet ups



Find a new world to delve into with Fantasy books you may not have even considered! Previous discussion include favourites such as Mistborn, The Fifth Season, and watching The Witcher.

Fortnightly, Thursday @ 2:30pm


Popular Fiction

We read a variety of books trying to focus on books/authors we wouldn't read otherwise! We're a close community that enjoys friendly chats and buddy read a book every 4-6 weeks. At our first meeting of semester we're going to be pitching what book we should read next, current suggestions include: The Paper Menagerie, Before the Coffee Gets Cold & Orlando

Weekly, Wednesday at 12pm; Ideally on campus but could Zoom in


Popular fiction

General popular fiction: This book club will focus on 21st century popular fiction and allow members to engage with the texts that are taking the world by storm. Join us for weekly discussions of popular books that you help choose!

Weekly: Thursday 5:30pm (zoom or in-person depending on members choice and COVID restrictions)


Queer literature

Sign up for the Queer Lit Club, where we talk about everything ranging from historical queer fiction and non-fiction, queer authors and stories that have paved way for diverse authors and their work, to cliche, feel good queer rom-coms, pining protagonists and happy endings

Fortnightly, Fridays @ 1pm


Banned books

From Fantastic Mister Fox to Frankenstein no book is immune to censorship. Our book club is all about unexpectedly controversial novels that have been banned throughout history. So if you’re a bit of a rebel (but the kind that likes to go to book clubs) join us as we exercise our freedom to read.

Fortnightly, Thursday 5:30pm we would ideally like to do in person and livestream on zoom for anyone who can physically make it (dependent on covid)



Are you on your third existential crisis for the year, wondering if something means anything anymore? If so, come join the philosophy book club where we aim to share the joy of pondering upon the fundamental questions throughout history and discuss different opinions about crucial and controversial issues that humans deal with. We bring ideas to the table, freely express our thought and read material on a wide range of topics; from politics and ethics to epistemology.

Thursdays, 6pm, Fortnightly


Wide reading

We will be looking at a broad range of books from fiction to non-fiction, as chosen by the group. The limit is your imagination!

Wednesdays 12pm. At least the first session will be over zoom, then we will see what happens.



Self-Development Reading Group

Books that make you better! Previous discussions have Ikigai; Think and grow rich; Atomic Habits; Getting things done; The 80/20 Principle; 12 Rules of Life. We will pursue reading to learn from toil of others and we will contemplate their readings, analyse, put them through critical thinking and will as a group enhance our knowledge, and will ponder how what we acquire during this intellectual exercise by reading other's work can complement our life. Sessions will be held over zoom.



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