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
  • “Dune” by Frank Herbert
  • “I didn’t do the thing today” by Madeline Dore
  • “The Ministry for the Future” by Kim Stanley Robinson

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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“A Field Guide to Getting Lost” by Rebecca Solnit: let’s read and discuss!

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This time we’re getting lost, but with a field guide! Our pick is Rebecca Solnit’s exploration on wandering, being lost and the uses of the unknown! It’s a short, personal book first published in 2006.

Synopsis:
> Solnit is interested in the stories we use to navigate our way through the world, and the places we traverse, from wilderness to cities, in finding ourselves, or losing ourselves. While deeply personal, her own stories link up to larger stories, from captivity narratives of early Americans to the use of the color blue in Renaissance painting, not to mention encounters with tortoises, monks, punk rockers, mountains, deserts, and the movie Vertigo. The result is a distinctive, stimulating voyage of discovery.

You can find more information and reviews on the GoodReads page!

Curious? Then order a copy at your local book shop or online:
The book on Bookshop.org
The book on Amazon

The author is also on Twitter: @RebeccaSolnit

We usually discuss in English and/or German, depending on which languages are present, but most likely the conversation 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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