In January, Emma Watson launched a feminist book club called Our Shared Shelf, proving once again why she’s one of the most admired young women in show business. It’s open to anyone who wants to join and the meetings are conducted through GoodReads, so it’s basically the stuff of a feminist bookworm’s dreams. As we prepare to ring in the new year, there’s no time like the present to check out Emma Watson’s book list — because she’s got impeccable taste. (I mean, her very first selection was Gloria Steinem’s memoir My Life on the Road.)
So, what’s on Emma Watson’s reading list? The actress released a complete list of all 40 books her club read in 2016, and there’s a wide selection of genres and authors — in fact, we’re adding many of them to our GoodReads “To Read” list already.
A look back at Watson’s selections over the past year prove exactly why the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador is the perfect person to run a book club. Watson is a huge fan of social activist and author bell hooks, so it’s no surprise that hooks is the most represented author of the year.
Although hooks has published over 30 books, Watson recommends Feminism Is For Everybody, Feminism Theory from Margin to Center, All About Love, and Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism.
Hooks’ writing is especially relevant right now as we strive for intersectional feminism — so, even if nonfiction isn’t usually your genre of choice, we highly recommend reading at least one of these books.
Watson’s list also includes classics like The Color Purple, East of Eden, 1984, and The Handmaid’s Tale. Even if we don’t have especially fond memories of these books from high school English class, I think it’s worth giving them another try — especially since they have the Emma Watson stamp of approval.
If you’re in the mood for a lighter read, Watson’s got you covered — she recommends Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer.
Watson got creative after selecting Maya Angelou’s Mom & Me & Mom for November/December — she hid copies in British tube stations and New York City subways for lucky commuters to find.
A complete list of Watson’s selections can be found here.
Based on all the amazing books she picked this year, we can’t wait to see what selections she has in store for Our Shared Shelf in 2017.
Something tells us Watson already has some killer titles in mind, and we can’t wait to read them and exchange thoughts and feedback with all the members of Our Shared Shelf.