Emma Watson announced on Twitter that she plans to start a feminist book club and invited her social media followers to suggest names for it. The Harry Potter series star mentioned that she had brainstormed names like "Emma Watson Book Club"and "Feminist Book Club" but was looking for a better name.
Her followers sent in a number of suggestions from "ReadforShe" and "Em's Fem Book Club" to "Hermione's Army" and "fEMMAnismReads".
After deliberating over the various options, she decided on Our Shared Shelf recommended by one of her Twitter followers.
Watson, who is a goodwill ambassador for UN Women and figurehead of the gender equality campaign HeforShe, then posted her reason for wanting to start the club.
"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," she wrote.
The 25-year-old actress plans to select and read a book every month, following which, discussions will be held online. "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," she added.
The first pick of Our Shared Shelf is My Life On The Road by Gloria Steinem. The author has also confirmed her participation and tweeted that they should try meeting up in person as well following the digital discussion.
Moreover, the Bling Ring star wants to invite JK Rowling and Taylor Swift to participate in the book club. Watson joined other celebrities who started online book clubs including Gwyneth Paltrow – who runs a cookbook club on her lifestyle website Goop – and Reese Witherspoon – who runs a book club on Instagram with the hashtag#RWBookclub.