Our Dream Book Club
April 21st 2021
If you could invite anyone to your dream bookclub, whom would it be?
Over the past year, membership to book clubs has absolutely soared as people have found new ways to connect and celebrate what they love. We adore nothing more than spending hours chatting about books with brilliant people and the odd glass [scratch that, bottle] of wine.
Some people may dream about their perfect dinner party guests – but for us, it’s all about the books. This International Women’s Day, we’re luxuriating in the idea of the perfect sofa full of book lovers.
If you’re dreaming, you may as well go big. The former First Lady has to be at the top of any
feminist’s Dream Book Club Wishlist; after all, her slogan ‘When they go low, we go high’ has redefined dignity in our modern era of dirty politics. Her work to inspire girls around the world in the power of their own potential is perhaps epitomised in the reversioning of her best-selling memoir, Becoming, for young readers. We love her for it.
On her bookshelf, apparently, sit Toni Morrison, Tara Westover and Ann Patchett, with a regular re-read book being Nelson Mandela’s Conversations With Myself, her copy having been signed and gifted to her by the great man.
(Excuse us while we bask in the glory of the image of Nelson Mandela and Michelle Obama shooting the breeze together at her home in 2011).
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The power to bring together a dream book club obviously comes with the power to bring back the dead and gift immortality, so there’s no question about the inimitable RBG being at the table. A book club discussion with RBG let’s face it would be frank, fair and equal – everyone’s views would be heard and justice served to everyone’s beliefs in impeccable style. We also think that there’d be a good level of neck lace wear to remind us of the power of making statements about our integrity and authenticity in even the tiniest details of our lives.
Jane Fonda takes reading seriously, with book stand to allow for hands-free reading while dining at home; plus a few favourite graveyards where she likes to curl up against the stones and settle with a good book (yes, you read that correctly).
Among her favourite authors are Ibram X. Kendi, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Robert Macfarlane and Arundhati Roy so in our dream book club, we could expect her to motion a vote for something political, informative and boundary pushing on race, politics and climate change on next month’s reading list.
(And if she wanted to throw in an after-hours 80s aerobics class, we wouldn't argue...)
The world’s youngest ever Nobel-Peace Prize laureate who has fought tirelessly for girls’ right to education around the world, is sure to recommend reading material that broadens our horizons, develops our emotional intelligence and makes us see the world differently.
On her bookshelf, she keeps John Steinbeck, Paulo Coelho, Deborah Ellis, Stephen Hawking and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, given to her by Gordon Brown when she was recovering in hospital from being shot in the head by the Taliban for standing up for girls' rights to education in the Swat Valley.
It was difficult not to believe when inauguration poet Amanda Gorman stood on Capitol Hill back in January and stunned the world with her beautiful words, that we weren’t seeing the living reincarnation of one the planet’s most extraordinary poets, Maya Angelou. (If once revitalised using our aforesaid powers of rejuvenation, Maya Angelou preferred to hang out with best friend Oprah Winfrey, we might consider inviting Amanda instead).
Maya’s favourite authors were Louisa May Alcott, Charles Dickens, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Edgar Allen Poe and Walt Whitman. Pretty good taste by our books.
In the spirit of bringing in brilliant women to share their love of books, we’re delighted to be working with the cultural icon, Caitlin Moran this March. Check out her favourite books and start planning your book club now. All you need to do, is bring the wine and conversation.
Vicki & the LoveMyRead team x