12 Novels That Would Be Perfect For Emma Watson's Book Club (Or You) To Read
Adding to her list of extraordinary achievements, Emma Watson has gone and started her very own feminist book club on Goodreads. Currently, the club is reading My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem, but she's also looking for suggestions for the next novel the club should read together. Well look no further than right here Emma, because we have 12 books that would make a great addition to your club's list of reads. But even if you aren't Emma Watson or a member of her book club, you should still add these 12 novels about strong female protagonists doing extraordinary things to your ~own~ reading list.
Book: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Short Summary: The new girl stands against conformity while trying to survive high school.
Why It Should Be On Your Reading List: Stargirl is a really inspiring novel about how important it is to be yourself. You should never have to hide who you are from anyone. Embrace your weirdness.
Book: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Short Summary: Mothers and daughters bond over the Chinese game of mahjong
Why It Should Be On Your Reading List: It emphasizes becoming aware of your heritage and connecting more with your loved ones. It will truly make you appreciate everything your mom, grandma and even aunt have done to be the people they are today.
(via Good Reads)
Book: Not One Damsel In Distress by Jane Yolen
Short Summary: Thirteen folktales about strong women from around the world
Why It Should Be On Your Reading List: All the females in these tales prove you can be your own hero. Every female is brave and strong and the epitome of a ture heroine.
Book: Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
Short Summary: Kira must learn how to survive in a society that doesn't quite care about her
Why It Should Be On Your Reading List: It's set in the same world as The Giver, but it features a female protagonist who attempts to change the destructive way her society functions.
(via Good Reads)
Book: Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
Short Summary: Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality teaches girls proper manners and how to be an excellent spy
Why It Should Be On Your Reading List: Not only will you learn how to act like a lady, but you'll also learn how to fight like one as well. It's really the best of both worlds.
Book: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Short Summary: A young girl must rescue her scientist father who has gone 'missing'
Why It Should Be On Your Reading List: This novel only adds more evidence that girls can save the day just as well as boys can.
(via Good Reads)
Book: The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
Short Summary: Charlotte Doyle sets off on a treacherous voyage she certainly wasn't expecting
Why It Should Be On Your Reading List: Charlotte's story is a testament of just how strong women can be when they are in the wake of danger.
(via Barnes & Noble)
Book: The Skin I'm In by Sharon G. Flake
Short Summary: Maleeka Madison overcomes insecurities to learn to really love herself.
Why It Should Be On Your Reading List: We've all had times where our self-esteem wasn't as high as it could be and this book explores that. It also touches on the subject of bullying and how to deal with it the right way.
(via The Book Smugglers)
Book: The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
Short Summary: An orphan girl named Harry Crewe becomes a noble warrior in her homeland
Why It Should Be On Your Reading List: Harry was an orphan who discovered she was the heir to the coveted Blue Sword and now she is the fiercest warrior in all the land. If that doesn't scream girl power, we don't know what does.
(via Let's Book It)
Book: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Short Summary: The novel follows the lives of the March sisters from childhood to adulthood.
Why It Should Be On Your Reading List: You will never feel as strongly connected to the March sisters as you do with any other literary character. You learn how to deal with life through them, which is basically the perfect gift any book can give.
Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Short Summary: Follow Elizabeth Bennet as she overcomes her prejudice to find love in a time where a social class structure is heavily implemented
Why It Should Be On Your Reading List: It's essentially a love story, but it's not all sappy like the ones in movies. It's real. Oh, and just try to fall in love with Mr. Darcy while reading it.
(via Smashing Lists)
Book: The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Short Summary: Lyra Belacqua goes on a mystical journey to find her missing friend and free her imprisoned uncle
Why It Should Be On Your Reading List: Once again, a young girl saves the boys and proves to be just as brave as any male hero. It's also just a fun fantasy read set in a world you wish actually existed.