Monday, 11 January 2016

Our Shared Shelf with Emma Watson

If like me, your entire life revolves around spending all of your free time with your nose in a book and have no sense of social awareness - you might be interested in Emma Watson's new venture!
Like a huge percentage of the population, I have anxiety issues which means that as much as I would love to, groups of people and socialising can be really difficult for me. I've always wanted to join a book club to have a sense of community but with my anxiety and unsociable working hours, it's just not realistic. However, many of you are probably aware of it already, Emma Watson has created an online Book Club for Feminism. Here is Emma's explanation:

Dear Readers,

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.

The plan is to select and read a book every month, then discuss the work during the month’s last week (to give everyone time to read it!). I will post some questions/quotes to get things started, but I would love for this to grow into an open discussion with and between you all. Whenever possible I hope to have the author, or another prominent voice on the subject, join the conversation.

If you fancy it, please join up and participate. Everyone is welcome. I would be honoured!

Emma x

I'm not going to lie, I still felt a little daunted about joining. I mean, I am a feminist but i've never really delved into feminist literature and I have no idea what to expect. So I just dived in and ordered the first book - My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem. I know absolutely nothing about Gloria other than that she actively works towards equality and women's rights so i'm right there with you at the bottom of the ladder. The book is yet to arrive but i'm stupidly excited to get started. It'd be awesome if a few of us joined and could get some discussions going! 

Are you excited about Emma's new project? Are you joining in? Leave some blog lovin' below!

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