Thursday, 28 July 2016

Emma's Book Club - Our shared shelf

Every Harry Potter fan or anyone who has children that are Harry Potter fans (I belong to the latter group) knows Emma Watson. But even if you have never heard of her, she is a young British actress who became famous by portraying one of the three main characters in the Harry Potter movies, Hermione Granger.

But she has gone a lot further than that. She has not only spoken up for women all around the world, especially promoted education for girls in the poorer countries but became a UN Woman Goodwill Ambassador.

As part of that work, she started to read books about equality and thought it was great to start a book club online to encourage other women to read them. She called it: Emma's Book Club - Our shared shelf. So far, she has suggested six books (of which I read five) and then given the readers the possibility to vote for one. So, we are on book number seven right now.

Due to my migraines, I can't always be on the PC that long, so I have not participated in the online discussions but I enjoy reading all these books about women around the world and their conditions, even if I don't always like a particular one. The only reason I didn't read "The Argonauts" was because it wasn't available in our library. It is on my wishlist, though.

And these are the books we read so far:
Steinem, Gloria "My Life on the Road" - 2015
Walker, Alice "The Color Purple" - 1982
Hooks, Bell "All About Love: New Visions" - 1999
Moran, Caitlin "How to be a Woman" - 2011
Nelson, Maggie "The Argonauts" - 2015 (Goodreads)
Satrapi, Marjane "Persepolis. The Story of a Childhood" (French: Persepolis. Vol 1) - 2000
Satrapi, Marjane "Persepolis. The Storay of a Return" (French: Persepolis. Vol 2) - 2000
Brownstein, Carrie "Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl" - 2015
Kristof, Nicholas D. & Wudunn, Sheryl "Half the Sky. How to Change the World" - 2009
Angelou, Maya "Mom & Me & Mom" - 2013
Ensler, Eve "The Vagina Monologues" - 1996
Pinkola Estés, Clarissa "Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype" - 1992 

Atwood, Margaret "The Handmaid’s Tale" - 1985 
Wolf, Naomi "The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women" - 1990 
Gay, Roxane "Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body" - 2017
Alderman, Naomi "The Power" - 2016

Eddo-Lodge, Reni "Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race" - 2017
Mailhot, Terese Marie "Heart Berries" - 2018

I will carry on reading more books with the group but also want to give everyone the opportunity to choose their own. Therefore, I put the list of all the books in the poll in alphabetical order. There are so many fantastic books included, I would love to read them all, well, most of them.

Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi "Americanah" - 2013
- "We Should All Be Feminists" - Speech 2013
Aleramo, Sibilla "A Woman" (Italian: Una Donna) - 1906
Amoruso, Sophia "#Girlboss" - 2014
Angelou, Maya  "Letter to My Daughter" - 2009
Angelou, Maya "Mom & Me & Mom" - 2013
Anzaldúa, Gloria E. "Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza" - 1987
Atwood, Margaret "The Handmaid’s Tale" - 1985
Bates, Laura "Everyday Sexism" - 2014
Bates, Laura "Girl Up" - 2016
Beauvoir, Simone de "The Second Sex" (French: Le deuxième sexe) 1949
Blank, Hanne "Virgin: The Untouched History by Hanne Blank" - 2007
Blume, Judy "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" - 1970
Brantenberg, Gerd "Egalia's Daughters: A Satire of the Sexes" (Norwegian: Egalias døtre) - 1977
Brownstein, Carrie "Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl" - 2015
Bulawayo, NoViolet "We Need New Names" - 2013
Carmon, Irin; Knizhnik, Shana "The Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsberg" - 2015
Chopin, Kate "The Awakening" - 1899
Cosslett, Rhiannon Luce "The Vagenda: A Zero Tolerance Guide to the Media" - 2014
Dew, Sheri L. "Women and the Priesthood" - 2013
Diamant, Anita "The Red Tent" - 1997
Dirie, Waris "Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad" - 1998
Dundy, Elaine "The Dud Avocado" - 1958
Ensler, Eve "I Am An Emotional Creature" - 2010
Esquivel, Laura "Like Water for Chocolate" (Spanish: Como agua para chocolate) - 1992
Featherstone, Liza "False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton" - 2016
Felscherinow, Christiane (Christiane F.) "We Children of Bahnhof Zoo" (German: Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo) - 1979
Feinberg, Leslie "Stone Butch Blues" - 1993
Ferrante, Elena "My Brilliant Friend" (Italian: L'amica geniale) - 2012
FitzHenry, Tiffany "The Oldest Soul" - 2015
Frank, Anne "The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition" (Dutch: Het Achterhuis) - 1942-44
Friedan, Betty Friedan "The Feminine Mystique" - 1963
Frieze, Carol; Jeria Quesenberry, Jeria "Kicking Butt in Computer Science: Women in Computing at Carnegie Mellon University"
Gappah, Petina "The Book of Memory" - 2011
Garden, Nancy "Annie on my Mind" - 1982
Gay, Roxane "Bad Feminist" - 2014
Gordon, Kim "Girl in a Band" - 2015
Greer, Germaine "The Whole Woman" - 1999
Gyasi, Yaa "Homegoing" - 2016
Hailey, Elizabeth Forsythe "A Woman of Independent Means" - 1978
Hardy, Thomas "Tess of the d’Urbervilles" - 1891
Hegland, Jean "Into the Forest" - 1996
Hirsi Ali, Ayaan "Infidel: My Life" (Dutch: Mijn Vrijheid) - 2006
Hurley, Kameron "The Geek Feminist Revolution" - 2016
Hustvedt, Siri "The Blazing World" - 2014
Jong, Erica "Fear of Flying" - 1973
Kaysen, Susanna "Girl, Interrupted" - 1993
Kincaid, Jamaica "Annie John" - 1985
Kristof, Nicholas; WuDunn, Sheryl "A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity" - 2014
Lawson, Jenny "Let's Pretend This Never Happened" - 2012
Lee, Harper "To Kill a Mockingbird" - 1960
Le Guin, Ursual K. "The Left Hand of Darkness" - 1969
MacPherson, Myra "The Scarlet Sisters: Sex, Suffrage, and Scandal in the Gilded Age" - 2014
Madison, D. Soyini "The Woman That I Am: The Literature and Culture of Contemporary Women of Color" - 1994
Matis, Aspen "Girl in the Woods: A Memoir" - 2015
Morrison, Toni "Sula" - 1973
Muscio, Inga "Cunt: A Declaration of Independence" - 1998
Nafisi, Azar "Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books" - 2003
Nagoski, Emily, Ph.D. "Come As You Are" - 2015
Naked, Big "I, Bificus" - 2016
Niven, Jennifer "All the Bright Places" - 2015
Nordberg, Jenny "The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan" - 2014
O'Neil, Louise "Asking For It" - 2015
Oyeyemi, Helen "Boy, Snow, Bird" - 2014
Pepe, Victoria "I Call Myself A Feminist: The View from Twenty-Five Women Under Thirty" - 2015
Plath, Sylvia "The Bell Jar" - 1963
Pollack, Eileen "The Only Woman in the Room. The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys' Club" - 2015
Russ, Joanna "How to Suppress Women's Writing" - 1983
Sasson, Jean "Princess Sultana's daughters" - 1994 (follow up to "Princess")
Scully, Diana "Understanding Sexual Violence A Study Of Convicted Rapists" - 1990
Serano, Julia "Whipping Girl A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity" - 2007
Smith, Betty "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" - 1943
Solnit, Rebecca "Men Explain Things to Me" - 2014
Strayed, Cheryl "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" - 1995
Talbot, Jill "The Way We Weren't: A Memoir" - 2015
Tingey, Allan "The Adventures of Copper Wild" - 2012
Tolstoy, Leo (Толстой, Лев Николаевич) "Anna Karenina" (Russian: Анна Каренина = Anna Karenina) - 1877
Valenti, Jessica "The Purity Myth" - 2009
Valenti, Jessica "Sex Object" - 2016
Vincent, Norah "Self-Made Man. One Woman's Journey Into Manhood and Back Again" - 2006
Walls, Jeannette "The Glass Castle: A Memoir" - 2005
West, Lindy "Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman" - 2016
Williams, Terry Tempest "When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice" - 2012
Winterson, Jeanette "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit" - 1985
Wolf, Naomi "The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women" - 1990
Wolf, Naomi "Vagina. A New Biography" - 2012
Wollstonecraft, Mary "A Vindication of the Rights of Women" - 1792
Wood, Charlotte "The Natural Way of Things" - 2015
Woolf, Virginia "A Room of One's Own" - 1929
Yanagihara, Hanya "A Little Life" - 2015
York, Alice N. "Game-Faint Signals" - 2011
Yousafzai, Malala; Lamb, Christina "I am Malala. The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban" - 2013


  1. My goodness, what great lists! I have read 3 of the ones already read. The Argonauts is one of them and gave me insights into many things I hadn't known how to think about before. I have read many of the titles on the voting list and see many more I plan to read.

    1. It's never too late to join the club, especially if you've read already three. I love the information and the suggestions and everything about it, even though I don't participate in the discussions much.

      Happy Reading,