I'm a big fan of Hermoine and an even bigger fan of Emma Watson. :)
She announced on Facebook today that she's starting her own feminist book club. A budding Oprah in our midst! The word "feminist" seems to scare a lot of people. I never quite understood why.
I like to think of it as being similar to the ol' "epidermis" episode back in elementary school. Remember when people would run up to you and say "Your epidermis is showing!" Then there would be a flurry of freak-outs as kids tried to cover up whatever it is they assumed was exposed.
In reality, epidermis is just a fancy word for skin.
In the 21st century, feminist is just a fancy word for equality.
And equality is just a fancy word for howthingsshouldbe.
Apparently Taylor Swift and J.K. Rowling are said to be joining the group for the monthly book discussions which is kind of neat. The club is going to be called "Our Shared Shelf." I was really hoping "Hermoine's Army" (heavy HP ref) would be the chosen winner.
According to The Guardian the first book that's been chosen is Gloria Steinem's Memoir: My Life on the Road. I'm actually interested in reading it so I will most definitely be keeping an eye on her monthly picks, although I don't know if I have the patience to keep abreast (feminine pun?) with the monthly discussions. There's usually wine at book clubs so maybe I'll just start drinking alone with my computer whilst reading the discussion topics.
I'm currently reading Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts (it's an oldie, friend recommended it and I'm finally getting around to it) and Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Let me know if you're reading any that I should add to my queue. Happy Friday! :)