Hermione Granger was a bookworm in the Harry Potter series, and it looks like the actress who played her, Emma Watson, is a bookworm in real life, too. Earlier this week, Watson used Twitter to announce that she’s starting a feminist book club, and she asked her followers to help name it. “Hi Team, I want to start a feminist book club but so far have only brainstormed 'Feminist Book Club' and 'Emma Watson Book Club,’” she tweeted. “I am almost certain there is a more inspiring name out there.... Does anyone have any thoughts ?! #Emma'sBookClub” The next day Watson chose a name from one of her 20.4 million followers: Our Shared Shelf.
She’s using Goodreads, a social network geared toward readers who want to share book recommendations, to let the book club know which books to read. Watson's celebrity friends Lena Dunham and Sophia Bush have already publicly joined the club, and the first book Watson is encouraging people to read is Gloria Steinem’s memoir My Life on the Road. Each month, Watson will select a new book, and during the last week of the month, those who have read the featured book can partake in a digital discussion. Anyone is invited to join in on the fun. “If you fancy it, please join up and participate,” Watson wrote on Goodreads. “Everyone is welcome. I would be honoured!”
Start reading My Life on the Road today so you can participate in two weeks’ time.
Are you in a book club? What do you think of Watson’s decision to start a virtual one?