Do you enjoy reading? Would you like to meet new people?
Would you like to take part in discussions about books and improve your English skills?
Then join our new BHT Book Club!
We will meet once a month during the semester to discuss books in a relaxed atmosphere.
You can also recommend books to the group and add your own topics.If you have any questions, feel free to contact Dr. Alexia Schemien
Our first meeting will be a kick-off meeting in which we will talk about books in general. What is your favorite book and why? What's the worst book you have ever read? Which genre do you like? Do you prefer to read novels, scientific books, or short stories? If you could only recommend one book to someone, which book would it be and why? Would it be different books for different people?
So for this first meeting, you don't need to read anything . Just come along and bring your own ideas on reading, books, authors, topics, etc. with you. If you would like to join us but can't stay until the end because you have another course, feel free to still drop by and join us as long as possible.
If you are keen on already reading something for this first meeting, feel free to take a look at Virginia Wolf's short story "A Society" which narrates the story of a group of women having tea together. The father of one of the women left her a a lot of money in his will on the condition that she reads all the books in the London Library. After having read a lot already, she realizes that books are, to a large extent, bad. That's when the group of women starts to discuss books, authorship, and power relations while at the same time tries to answer important questions that they've never asked themselves before. It's a great story to talk about reading. You can find the short story online here: Virginia Wolf's "A Society".
For our 2nd meeting we will read Isaac Asimov's Foundation. We will only read the first book from the trilogy. You can e.g. find it here: https://www.amazon.de/Foundation-Isaac-Asimov/dp/0553293354 Asimov is one of the most well-known and prolific science-fiction writers and this novel has laid the ground for many sci-fi novels. It tells the story of a galactic empire and the subsequent rebuilding of an interstellar human civilization and it was also made into a TV series in 2021.
July 6, 2022 from 11.30-13.00; in room B 523
The BHT Club will from now on meet every second week. For each meeting we will only read half of the book so that the reading load is easier to handle but we still can meet more often during the semester to discuss books. For June 6, we will be reading Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (you can find it e.g. here). For this meeting please only read until the end of chapter "Why I'm not where you are".
We will continue reading Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Please read from chapter "Heavier Boots" to the end of the book for this meeting.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Dr. Alexia Schemien