Emma Watson has always been an inspiration for young girls. Be it her attitude, her knowledge or her style, she never fails to impress. Apart from being an actor, Emma is also the United Nations Women Goodwill Ambassador. Inspired by her work for the UN, in January 2016, Emma Watson launched ‘Our Shared Shelf‘, a feminist book club housed on Goodreads.
Every two months, a new book is selected. Watson and the club’s moderators lead a discussion with Our Shared Shelf’s more than 215 thousand members using the Goodreads discussion board. Additionally, the club occasionally features conversations and interviews with authors and relevant figures to help guide the discussion.
Mentioned below are a few books read by Emma Watson in her book club:
The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
Thomas’s award-winning debut novel was one of the most acclaimed YA novels of 2017. Following a teen’s turn to activism after witnessing her childhood friend killed by police while unarmed, it should be on everyone’s reading list.
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore
The powerful non-fiction book tells the story of hundreds of women who were exposed to toxic levels of the then-newly-discovered radium while working in factories in the early 20th century. Their fight against it led to a groundbreaking lawsuit that changed workers rights in America.
Heart Berries: A Memoir by Marie Therese Malihot
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“Nothing is too ugly for this world, I think it’s just that people pretend not to see.” @oursharedshelf’s March/April pick is Heart Berries, the touching debut memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot; an unapologetically honest and immensely inspiring book. Read my OSS letter here: http://bit.ly/2GozZ8p #oursharedshelf
A powerful coming-of-age memoir about an indigenous woman growing up on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Canadian Pacific Northwest, Heart Berries was chosen by Our Shared Shelf just a month after hitting bookshelves.
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Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Based on her viral 2014 essay, the book is an examination of structural racism, white privilege, and the everyday experience for people of color in Britain.
The Power by Naomi Alderman
The science-fiction novel-within-a-novel imagines a world where teenage girls possess a powerful, deadly weapon that could potentially change the world. In addition to being singled out by Our Shared Shelf, The Power was deemed one of President Barack Obama’s favorite books of 2017.
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
In the much-lauded memoir, the acclaimed writer opens about her complicated relationship with her weight, the relationship with food and trauma, and society’s frustrating view on weight and health.
The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf
The popular feminist non-fiction book examines the often-unhealthy relationship between women and their bodies, which is continuously provoked by unrealistic beauty standards.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The first selection for Our Shared Shelf was the classic dystopian novel, which has found a renewed popularity in recent years due to the volatile political climate in the U.S. It’s also the source material for the Award-winning Hulu series of the same name.
Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou
In her final and arguably most personal autobiography, the iconic poet and civil rights activist, opens up about her relationship with her mother, their decade apart during Angelou’s childhood and their reconciliation.
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
It is a poetry and prose collection by Rupi Kaur, the feminist poet and Instagram poetry sensation, who initially published the collection back in 2014, which went on to become a New York Times bestseller.
The book club is currently reading Sex and World Peace by Valerie M. Hudson and Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill. We wish Emma Watson a very happy birthday and hope that she continues to do the amazing things that she does and keeps inspiring millions around the globe.