Feminist book club run by one of my favourite actresses? YES PLEASE.
Seriously, how did I not know about this? Emma Watson has been one of my favourite famous people since I was about twelve years old. I always had a certain level of kinship with her because A. we share the same name, B. she/Hermione had the same poofy-curly hair that I did (do), C. she/Hermione had the same love of books that I do (okay so maybe for a long time I just felt a real kinship with Hermione), BUT D. Emma Watson herself is a modern day feminist voice that is so needed in today’s culture.
After finding out about this bookclub she’s created, I think I like her even more.
“As part of my work with UN Women, I have started reading as many books and essays about equality as I can get my hands on. There is so much amazing stuff out there! Funny, inspiring, sad, thought-provoking, empowering! I’ve been discovering so much that, at times, I’ve felt like my head was about to explode… I decided to start a Feminist book club, as I want to share what I’m learning and hear your thoughts too.” -Our Shared Shelf, Goodreads page
The idea is basic: Watson curates which book the group (which you can join on goodreads!) reads at the beginning of each month, and in the last week of that month there’s discussion and Q&A’s and awesomeness. And most importantly, we all get to learn a little bit more about feminism, all through the greatness of books. Whole package? Whole package.
Even though I’m late to the party, I’ll be reading June’s pick, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, by the last week of the month, and then I’ll be posting a review about it! Until then, you can check out this trailer for the movie adapted from the book in 2007: