Worum es bei uns geht

Welcome to UNREAD – the mostly utopian book club, happening virtually via Zoom. We strive to understand the complex new world around us better, through discussion and exchanging experiences. This book club is not focused on a particular genre, instead we alternate between novels and non-fiction books. We like sci-fi, eye-opening popular science and occasionally revel in the absurd, but don’t shy away from classics either.

The book club has been going strong since August 2017, with a core group of returning participants, but also new faces joining each time. Usually we end up being between four and eight people who show up.

We discuss in English and/or German, depending on which languages are present. Don’t worry if you aren’t fluent … we’ll make it work! You definitely don’t need a literature degree to participate either! It’s important to us to listen to each other, to treat everyone with respect and to create an inclusive setting.

The book club meets digitally via Zoom – the link will be added to the event on the day it happens. It doesn’t matter if you have actually finished the book – everyone is welcome, as long as they have read at least a few pages and bring their impression.

Books we have read so far:

  • “The Dispossessed” by Ursula K. LeGuin
  • “Kafka on the Shore” by Haruki Murakami
  • “Positioning” by Al Ries and Jack Trout
  • “Borderliners” by Peter Høeg
  • “Sapiens” by Yuval Noah Harari
  • “Uncommon Type” by Tom Hanks
  • “Homo Deus” by Yuval Noah Harari
  • “Measuring the world” by Daniel Kehlmann
  • “Why we sleep” by Matthew Walker
  • “Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller
  • “Invisible Women” by Caroline Criado Perez
  • “Shikasta” by Doris Lessing
  • “How to do Nothing” by Jenny Odell
  • “The Testaments” by Margaret Atwood
  • “Because Internet” by Gretchen McCulloch
  • “Educated” by Tara Westover
  • “You Look Like a Thing and I Love You” by Janelle Shane
  • “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • “The Future We Choose” by C. Figueres, T. Rivett-Carnac
  • “The Overstory” by Richard Powers
  • “User Friendly” by Cliff Kuang
  • “Klara and the Sun” by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • “The New Breed” by Kate Darling
  • “Dune” by Frank Herbert
  • “I didn’t do the thing today” by Madeline Dore

The next book is always decided on the spot at the meeting, by the people who attend, or afterwards here on meetup – so bring suggestions! These days we gravitate towards books by authors from underrepresented groups!

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“The Ministry for the Future” by Kim Stanley Robinson: let’s read and discuss!

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Alright, this one has been a long time coming! For several rounds of the book club we’ve been searching for an optimistic climate-fiction novel, but those are far and few between. Dystopian stories are easy to find, but reality is dystopian enough right now—at least in the book club we can choose a more positive outlook!

Well, KSR’s “The Ministy for the Future” seems to check all the boxes and has received raving reviews, so it’s about time we get on it! It’s almost 600 pages long, so we will give ourselves a bit more time until mid July!

Synopsis:

> Established in 2025, the purpose of the new organization was simple: To advocate for the world's future generations and to protect all living creatures, present and future. It soon became known as the Ministry for the Future, and this is its story.

> From legendary science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson comes a vision of climate change unlike any ever imagined. Told entirely through fictional eye-witness accounts, The Ministry For The Future is a masterpiece of the imagination, the story of how climate change will affect us all over the decades to come.

> Its setting is not a desolate, post-apocalyptic world, but a future that is almost upon us - and in which we might just overcome the extraordinary challenges we face. It is a novel both immediate and impactful, desperate and hopeful in equal measure, and it is one of the most powerful and original books on climate change ever written.

You can find find more information and reviews on the GoodReads page:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50998056-the-ministry-for-the-future

Curious? Then order a copy at your local book shop or online:
https://bookshop.org/books/the-ministry-for-the-future/9780316300131
https://www.amazon.de/Ministry-Future-English-Stanley-Robinson-ebook/dp/B08C5DWVRK/

We usually discuss in English and/or German, depending on which languages are present, but most likely the discussion will be in English. You definitely don’t need a literature degree to participate! It’s important to us to listen to each other, to treat everyone with respect and to create a safe setting.

The discussion takes place virtually in Zoom and the meeting link will be added to this event and on the day it happens. Just check back here half an hour before the meetup starts!

We usually discuss for 1.5-2 hours. It doesn’t matter if you have actually finished the book – everyone is welcome, as long as they have read at least a few pages and bring their impression.

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