Have You Joined Emma Watson’s Book Club?

    Harry Potter star and United Nations Women Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Watson, has been hard at work the last couple of years. Promoting education for girls, visiting Bangladesh and Zambia, and launching the UN Women campaign HeForShe, which calls for men to advocate for gender equality – she shows no signs of slowing down.

    And when she isn’t working, she’s reading – a hobby which translated into a call for (feminist) action when she launched her Goodreads book club, Our Shared Shelf. The goal of the club is to share feminist ideas and encourage discussion on the topic. One book is selected every two months and is discussed using the Goodreads discussion board.

    “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,” wrote Watson. “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.”

    To become a member, all you need to do is register for an account and join on the group’s page. “Everyone is welcome. I would be honoured!” wrote Watson. You can also follow their inspiring Instagram page. It’s never too late to jump on board and crack open your books and minds.

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    Love this! ♥️🖤 A family book club meet up for Father's Day?! What better way to celebrate! 📚📖 High praise for Pachinko here 👇 😍#Repost @itsakollerfulworld ・・・ Still catching myself with a huge grin on my face as I think about this weekend’s successful #Pachinko family #bookclub for #FathersDay 😆 We talked about how older generations simply don’t know how to express their words well, resulting in harsher words or suppressed emotions, 한, over the years, and how we can better that for our own family 🎎 We talked about who we liked or identified most with and why, who we thought others resembled, and what we might have done if we were in their shoes, speaking through the characters. We talked about how peaceful the “simpler times” seemed compared to the distractions of today yet how much burden must have been on the shoulders of our parents and grandparents to provide a “better” life, a life they could not fully have, for their most beloved children. . . I am so thankful that this book and its dual translations brought way for such a powerful and fruitful two hour conversation I never thought I’d get to have with my parents 🇰🇷 🇯🇵 🇺🇸 My last Pachinko post for a while, but thanks a bajillion to @lee_minjin, who made my dad speechless by how vividly she articulated history, bringing light to what was needed to be said, yet also reminding us of so much more, like human trafficking, that could not be unpacked in the same story. .

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