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A Month of Sundays

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,095 ratings  ·  159 reviews
For over ten years, Ros, Adele, Judy and Simone have been in an online book club, but they have never met face to face. Until now...

Determined to enjoy her imminent retirement, Adele invites her fellow bibliophiles to help her house-sit in the Blue Mountains. It's a tantalising opportunity to spend a month walking in the fresh air, napping by the fire and, of course, readi
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 10th 2018 by Macmillan Australia (first published 2018)
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Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-books
I thought this was a really entertaining and interesting book and in fact once I got involved I found it very hard to put down. There were so many things to enjoy.

Firstly it is a book about books and who doesn't enjoy that! The four main characters are all members of a book club so we get to enjoy their discussions about their chosen books as well as frequent references to other authors they have read.

Then they all meet up in a house in the Blue Mountains outside Sydney, a part of the country v
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Being part of an online book club can be a bunch of fun, how amazing would if be if you got the chance to meet some of those people in real life. That’s exactly what Ros, Adele, Judy and Simone decide to do after being a part of their online book club for the past ten years. When the club set out ten years ago, there were more members, but over the years the numbers decreased, leaving these four women who still had their regular meeting via Skype.

Adele is asked to house sit for a friend in
The four women; Ros from Sydney, Adele from Adelaide, Judy from Mandurah near Perth, and Simone from Tasmania have had their weekly book club meetings via Skype, always online, never having met one another. The group had been larger but had dwindled over the years; the four were friends but in saying that, hardly knew one another. When a friend of Adele’s asked her to house-sit in the Blue Mountains – take some friends if she wanted – Adele immediately thought of the book club ladies. Her trepid ...more
Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
I must admit that when I first started this book, I was afraid that I might not like it. The blurb felt a little bit old for me, and there wasn’t too much appeal about a group of older women discussing books that they have read. But oh how wrong I was! This was one of the most delightful, yet deep and thoughtful books that I have read in a very long time. One of those rare ones that actually make you stop and evaluate how you are feeling about your life, and leave you with warm fuzzy feelings th ...more
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
Liz Byrski is a local writer that I have had the pleasure of listening to speak about her writing in person. I have also enjoyed reading both her fiction and non fiction titles. A Month of Sundays marks Bryski’s tenth book release and it was a book that I liked very much. A Month of Sundays is a book full of heart and light touches of humour. It is a special novel, that shows us just how important books and female friendships are to our lifeblood.

Ros, Adele,
Dale Harcombe
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
For years four women have been in an online book club. They talk about their books through Skype so they know what each other look like but have never met. That is until Adele proposes they meet together in The Blue Mountains. The plan is that over four weeks they will each share a book that is meaningful to them. Each person will bring four copies of the book. During the week, each woman will read the book choice and then discuss it on the Sunday. Ros, from Paddington Sydney, Adela from Mandura ...more
Jeanette Lewis
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aussie-authors
What a joy to read, Liz Brynski has done it again, a fabulous book. Many of those who read this book will be of a similar age to the 4 main female characters and are at the beginning of this journey for which will be able to identify with many aspects of the story. Rather than being a “chook” book commented by one reader, as opposed to a “chick” book?, there is quite a bit of wisdom that Liz Brynski has incorporated within the read.
Ros to Judy “with regards to the death of Maddie,.....the need
Lesley Moseley
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
3 3/4 rounded up. I am calling this genre "chook-lit" as it is not only of my generation, but my style of writing about us. I have several Goodread friends who I would enjoy meeting, but maybe not to this extent. Very serious topics surface, and all of them realise they are at an important Turning Point in their lives. Really enjoyed this sense of place(s) , and the firm but kind support to make better choices.
Theresa Smith
I’m sure it will come as no surprise to any of you that a book about reading books was always going to be a winner for me. Liz Byrski’s latest novel, A Month of Sundays, proves just what I’ve believed for my whole life: that books are therapy. If you read the right book at the right time, it can change your life. And so it was for Ros, Adele, Simone and June, each at an individual crossroads, coming together to meet in person for the first time, each armed with a book that told the others someth ...more
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love airport books. Weird I know but to date I have not hated a book I bought in an airport prior to getting on a plane. I love the fact you have time to ponder, deliberate and like really what else are you doing with the two hours you have before boarding? Eat bad food? Buying make up?? The joy of knowing there are hours to fill with what ever you choose to read is simply one of the best bits about long distance travel. Many will extol the virtues of their online readers. I get it, truely I d ...more
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A deeply thoughtful book that captures you from the opening pages, and tells a story of four mature women who only know each other through the connection of their online book club, who meet up when one of them is asked to house-sit a cottage in the Blue Mountains. The author creates the atmosphere of the relaxing countryside which you get to discover and share with the women. You also get to enjoy the interesting and thought provoking book discussions with them, all the while learning their back ...more
I picked this off the shop shelf because of the cover. I kept reading it because of the content. A book of four women in their sixties and seventies who are part of an online bookclub. It's a character driven book, but the plot inserts itself in a satisfying way. In short, I was really taken by this book. Must be my age!! And I have found a new fave author.
Bree T
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
It’s hard to find something more appealing than a book that celebrates books and that was a large part of the reason I jumped to read A Month Of Sundays, the 10th fiction novel from Australian writer Liz Byrski. It centres around four women who have been part of an online book club for over a decade, meeting regularly via Skype regularly to discuss their chosen book. They have always kept those conversations focused on the books and know relatively little about each other’s day to day lives. Tha ...more
Brooklyn Tayla
I received a copy of this book from Pan Macmillian Australia in exchange for an honest review, this doesn't influence my thoughts on the book.

Initially, I loved the idea of this novel, 4 women who had been connected as part of an online book club, yet never met? Until one day, Adele invites her fellow book lovers down to the Blue Mountains, where cozy book chats by the fire ensue.

Yet, as a book lover, even though I appreciated the connection that these ladies, as readers, made between themselv
Apr 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019
Liz Byrski’s tenth fiction novel A Month of Sundays tells the story of an online book club who agree to house sit together.
Having never met in real life, each woman brings a book to share with the fellow members. The books should tell their fellow members something about their personality and are discussed each Sunday.
As an avid reader and book club member, I was really looking forward to this book. Sadly, it failed to meet my expectations.
I found the characters frustrating, they were constan
Jodie- Readthewriteact
This book was sent to me by the publisher for my honest review.

I loved the idea of this book, four book club friends meeting and discussing books. Yes they are all older ladies, but I am not ageist especially in my reading. Unfortunately though, for me, this book fell flat.

It was just too much emotional drama. So many long-winded deep and meaningful conversations. Even the way that they analyse their books was exhausting, yes they set an assignment but it seemed improbable that they all had the
Jill Pantlin
Jun 06, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm an admirer of friendships amongst women as much as anyone but this was contrived, predictable fairy floss. Market driven writing.
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It took me a while to get into this book, especially keeping track of the four main characters, however once I got to know them, I started enjoying this book much more.

It wasn't until closer to the end that a scene hit me between the eyes and resonated with where I am right now. Though I don't think I'll be singing karaoke any time soon!

I enjoyed reading about women in their 60s going through a change in life and discovering who they are.
Dzintra aka Ingrid
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
A thoroughly enjoyable read!
Liz Byrski writes brilliantly about women and their friendships. The four women in A Month Of Sundays are the remaining members of an online book discussion group and have known each other for many years via Skype. However, none of them have actually met in person but they now have the opportunity to spend a month together at a friends’ house in the Blue Mountains near Sydney. Each woman has reservations about attending. They are all anxious about their personal circumstances, which are not know ...more
Lyn Baker
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The reason I took so long to read this book was the fact that I didn’t want it to end. I really wanted to finish it but..
This was the first time I have had such a reaction to a book. Liz Byrski created four characters who each had qualities one could relate to. With the development of each character you could identify with aspects of your own life. As each character introduced her book and started the discussion you felt part of it and wanted to add your take. Perhaps, this book allowed you to q
Kylie Purdie
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
A story about 4 women who have never met in real life, who have only conversed about books online plan to share a house in the Blue Mountains for a month, basically for a month long book group. Sounds kind of implausable, but Byrski makes it work. She acknowledges up front that the women will not be able to live in each others pockets, that they will need to space to do their own thing and spend time alone. At the same time, each woman is carrying a secret of sorts, something that sharing with s ...more
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Liz Byrski's latest offering about a group of women refusing to grow old gracefully. I love the way they get to know each other, and themselves, by the novel which each chose for them to discuss.

Byrski's characters are, as always, such genuine people. They are flawed human beings who have become what they are through the many years of life and experiences they have had. Byrski shows us that it's not only young people who struggle to learn who they are, and how they fit into the world.

Her books a
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an absolutely beautiful book. I did not want to put it down, it pulled me in straight from the start and wouldn't let me go until I finished it (and probably still won't let me go for a while). It's a story of friendship, but it's so much more than that. I laughed, I cried, I cheered these four lovely women on. I love books about books and this one is now one of my favourites as it expressed so well the ways that books impact readers. It made me think about what matters to me and who I am a ...more
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Contemporary books are not always high on my to-read list, but this one was, something about it looked interesting. An exploration about books and why we choose the ones we do was a fascinating premise. The novel being based in Australia and discussing locations that I know well was also a plus. I found that I didn't mind that the focus was on women in their sixties, although I felt that some of their issues and their responses to it were aged down (particularly Judy) and didn't seem to mesh wit ...more
Dec 28, 2018 rated it liked it
What a fantastic premise for a book - 4 women connected by an online book club, all with their own stories, who have the chance to meet up and spend the month together. I enjoyed getting to know these ladies and each of their stories with the only let down a bit for me was that when they were discussing their chosen book club books it was a bit of a slog until they related it back to their own stories. A quick, easy and enjoyable read.

Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
A lovely heart-warming, thought provoking book.
Jul 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
This is a tough one to rate because there's nothing inherently wrong with the book it just wasn't for me. I personally found it boring.
Kathleen Dixon
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathleen by: BLK Book Pool
I remember a friend bewailing to me a few years ago that it wasn't fair that there was still hard work to do emotionally and issues to face at her age (she was in her 60s then), and I laughed. In a kindly manner, of course. Now, she has a friend who is a prize user of others and is desperately in need of a crisis to help her come to terms with her behaviour, but my friend keeps saying that she's in her 70s and isn't going to have a crisis now. Well, as this book about women in their 60s and 70s ...more
Rebecca Altmann
Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-challenge
I wasn't expecting much when I bought this - just looking for a light read and the characters and setting sounded a little like a group of friends I have.
I actually really enjoyed it and was surprised to find a conversation that mirrored my feelings about an author I had just read.
Have walked a way with a few books on my 'one day I will read...' list.
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Liz Byrski is a writer and broadcaster with more than 40 years experience in the British and Australian media. She is the author of eleven non-fiction books and five novels, and her work has been published in national and international newspapers and magazines.

In the nineties Liz was a broadcaster and executive producer with ABC Radio in Perth and later an advisor to a minister in the Western Aust