I am a sucker for a good book club — heck, I’m a sucker for a sorta mediocre book club, to be totally honest here. I join book clubs like other folks order coffee or pickup their dry cleaning: with great regularity and very little analysis. At the time of this writing, I’m a member of precisely six book clubs of various genres and commitment levels, and as far as my well-stocked bookshelves are concerned there’s definitely room to join a few more — and if I’ve learned one thing from my compulsive book-club-joining ways it’s this: book clubs can change your life.
It’s clear that the world is starting to change for women in a big way this year — and joining a feminist book club might be just one way to help yourself make sense of it all. Between the power of the Women’s Marches and the devastation of rampant sexual assault cases there’s a lot of gray area, and room for a whole lot of questions about what feminism means to you and where you might find your own place in it all. Reading some great feminist literature — and gathering together with some feminist book-lovers like yourself — might be exactly what you need to hold space for yourself and your questions, and start to work out some much-needed answers. Plus, by reading feminist literature you’ll be supporting women who, like the women of the #MeToo Movement today, have dared to tell hard stories about their lives. A book club and feminist activism all rolled into one? You can’t beat that.
Here are seven ways joining a feminist book club could totally change your life — and your bookshelves — this year.