Emma Watson recommends 5 books to read this summer


Emma Watson recommends 5 books to read this summer

Fierce, fun, feminist

By ELLE team  April 3rd, 2017

When Emma Watson isn’t championing women’s rights at the UN or blowing box office records into the great blue yonder as Belle in Beauty And The Beast, she’s petitioning for you to expand your bookshelf/Kindle library with the titles that matter. Creating her own book club in collaboration with Goodreads, Emma has managed to lure nearly 200,000 readers with her intimate selection of feminist texts.

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,” she writes. “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.”

Emma’s selection of powerful authors includes the usual suspects like Eve Ensler, Maya Angelou and Gloria Steinem, along with younger additions to the cause, like Marjane Satrapi, the author of Persepolis. We promise you’ll be a fiercer, more informed member of the female species by the weekend.  

Emma Watson’s top 5 feminist books

Mom & Me & Mom

A New York Times bestseller, Maya Angelou's emotional novel explores the tumultuous relationship between the American poet and her mother, who sent a young Maya away to live with her grandparents at the age of 3. 

My Life On The Road

As one of the world's most outspoken and unapologetic feminists, Gloria Steinem has always forged her own path, critics be damned. This autobiographical work chronicles her early childhood, before tracing her journey as a reporter covering everything from political campaigns in America to social activism in India.      

The Argonauts

Prepare to have author Maggie Nelson challenge all your ideas of gender, sexual identity and love. The memoir lays bare the author's relationship with gender fluid artist Harry Dodge, and what it means to raise a family in this highly individualistic environment.  

Women Who Run With Wolves

Clarissa Pinkola Estes' landmark book forces readers to reconnect with their inner 'Wild Woman', the female presence that gives us our creative energy and power. Begin on a Monday, be a fierce new woman by Saturday.  

How To Be A Woman

No conversation on feminism is complete without Caitlin Moran's no-holds-barred discourse on modern day sexual politics. From the value of a Brazilian wax to why your reproductive choices make for party ice breakers, Moran offers a humorous view on the subjects that confound most females.