What we're about

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

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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“Dune” by Frank Herbert: let’s read and discuss!

Online event

It’s the fiction round of the book club and it’s time for a classic: We’re reading Dune by Frank Herbert, first published in 1965, a masterpiece of science-fiction, which changed the whole genre and influenced pretty much everything published after it: Star Wars probably wouldn’t exist without Dune, Octavia E. Butler called Frank Herbert her “favorite author” and just recently it was turned into a movie (again).

At 600+ pages this one is quite the brick and by far the longest book we ever read in the club, so we’re giving us a bit more time, meeting at the end of January, virtually via Zoom to discuss!

Synopsis below:

> Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, heir to a noble family tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the “spice” melange, a drug capable of extending life and enhancing consciousness. Coveted across the known universe, melange is a prize worth killing for…

> When House Atreides is betrayed, the destruction of Paul’s family will set the boy on a journey toward a destiny greater than he could ever have imagined. And as he evolves into the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib, he will bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream.

> A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.

You can find find more information and reviews on the GoodReads page:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44767458-dune

Curious? Then order a copy at your local book shop or on Amazon / Book Depository. There are many versions of this one and you should be able to find a cheap copy for a couple of bucks easily (it’s especially cheap on the Kindle store if that’s where you get your books).
https://www.bookdepository.com/Dune-Frank-Herbert/9780340960196
https://www.amazon.de/-/en/Frank-Herbert/dp/0441172717

Pictured on our photos is the beautiful deluxe edition, which is more expensive, but features quite a bit of nice artwork. It makes sense to take a look around to find the edition appealing to you most!

We 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. Watching the movie is of course also recommended!

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