I just decided to went off incognito after 2 months of being gone or out of reach. Last February 7, 2017 was our first meeting in the Feminist Book Club. The book club was pioneered by one of the most creative women in the Philippines, the lady behind “Woman, Create” and a Lasallian Pride, Marika. You can know more about Woman, Create here.
It’s an honor to be a part of a book club that caters to women with open minds, hearts, and souls just for the sake of uplifting Gender Equality and other issues. Would you believe that despite of our differences and first impressions, the first meeting went on for 2 hours? And if we didn’t have other responsibilities the next day, it could’ve gone for 5 hours more! We just love speaking up for the certain causes that we have in our hearts.
How great and inspiring to see women from different backgrounds, from advertising to stock brokerage, coming together as one for feminism. The book club has an encouraging and inviting aura that will make you love yourself as a woman even right after the meeting and the fact that you’re given a chance to speak up and to be listened to without the fear of being judged really drew us in. It’s rare to have a circle like that.
To be honest, I was there to basically have a book club because I am so in love with books and nobody reads as much as I used to. Having a book club gives me an avenue to talk about the books I liked and I disliked. The Feminism part was a bonus that is way better than some of the novels I loved.
Now, I feel like I’m part of a purpose — of a fight.
The book recommendations from the Tuesday group (or the group I attend) are:
– Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur
– The Artisan Soul by Erwin Raphael McManus
– We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
– GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoroso
– Against Happiness by Eric G. Wilson
– Born After Midnight by A.W. Tozer
– Better Than Jewels by Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio
– A Cup of Sake Beneath the Cherry Trees by Kenkō
– Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
– The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
– The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials series) by Philip Pullman
– Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster
– Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
– Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
Even if it was a secular book club, we have discussed Christianity for quite some time (like I said, we all came from different backgrounds and there was respect,). I personally recommended a Devotional Book written by Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio entitled, Better Than Jewels, for I have been a follower of her for like 3-4 years now and I thought that it fit our topic, which was: a book that encourages you.
Furthermore, I enjoy writing on Better Than Jewels’s “My Response” page. The book actually jumpstarted my year with God. I stopped reading my Bible for a year and I have forgotten how to get to know God through reading His word, but Ms. Rica was such an answered prayer for helping me to start my Bible reading habit again. I will share some of my writings on my Better Than Jewels book soon.
So, here I am, looking forward to learning with these women again next Tuesday!