We all know and love Emma Watson since the day she became the public eye with her iconic role as Hermione Granger in the world-famous Harry Potter movie series.
Since then she has taken up dozens of roles. The most recent was in 2017, where she starred as Belle in a live-action adaptation of the musical romantic fantasy film Beauty and the Beast. While Emma is not acting or modelling for Burberry and Lancôme, she is busy advocating for gender equality with her role as a UN Women Goodwill ambassador.
All and all, this amazing young woman is inspiring and talented. With all the achievements she has accomplished, Emma does attribute her success to one thing: reading.
Here are some of her absolute favourite authors for you to explore and appreciate yourself.
- Carlos Ruiz Zafón – The Shadow of the Wind
In an interview with Scholastic, Emma expressed her greatest delight while reading this enthralling tale by this contemporary Spanish writer.
The book sets in Barcelona, after the Spanish Civil War. A book dealer is launched into an unpredictable quest filled with the city’s darkest secrets. If you’re into books about murder, love and a touch of madness, The Shadow of the Windis a choice you won’t regret.
- Khaled Hosseini – A Thousand Splendid Suns
Remember The Kite Runner? Well, this is the second book by Khaled Hosseini. An Afghan-born American novelist and physician, Khaled is able to produce captivating stories that also brings to light real-life struggles. In A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled takes you on a riveting journey with two Afghan women struggling to navigate a Taliban-dominated society.
Interestingly, Emma Watson and Malala Yousafzai both agreed that the book is amazing!
- Malala Yousafzai – I am Malala
Speaking of Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Prize winner has a book of her own which serves as a powerful reminder that it only takes one person to inspire change in the world.
Representing a global symbol of peaceful protest, I am Malaladetails the remarkable story of her unrelenting struggle for girls’ right to an education. From the moment the Taliban took control of her hometown to the months of recovery after she was shot in the head.
Naturally, Emma recommends that everyone read the book to gain a new sense of empathy and help support the fight for equality and education for all.
- Maya Angelou – Mom & Me & Mom
This extraordinary civil rights activist, poet and memoirist have experienced some of life’s hardest challenges. Yet she did not take her journey lightly. Instead, she took her sufferings and turned it into something beautiful for humanity.
Mom & Me & Momshares the most personal story of her life, where she recounts the fraught relationship with her mother. The book gives you a peek into the struggles and triumphs lived throughout their complicated relationship.
In Emma’s review of the book, she wrote,” This is perhaps the greatest window into what shaped Angelou as a writer and poet and a fitting end to a lifetime of amazing works.
- Patti Smith – Just Kids
Punk rock star Patti Smith is one of America’s most talented poet, singer-songwriter and visual artist of all time. A dreamer with unmeasurable passion in life, Patti’s Just Kidsoffers a blast to the past with a poetic account of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe back in the 60s and 70s.
The book revel in romantic memoirs filled with passion, art, innocence and fate. In an interview with Vogue, Emma admitted to always keeping this book at her bedside. “The book was so honest and brave.” She said, “I loved the way she sees the world. I really felt that life was more beautiful after I read it, and I felt more hopeful.”