Emma Watson’s already successful career is on the rise, yet the actress we watched grow up in the Harry Potter films is putting a pin in it temporarily, announcing plans to take a year off from acting.

In a new interview with Paper magazine, Watson explains her decision: “I’m taking a year away from acting to focus on two things, really. My own personal development is one…My own personal task is to read a book a week, and also to read a book a month as part of my book club.”;

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The book club about which she’s talking is called “Our Shared Shelf,”; a feminist group that she discovered via Twitter.

“I’m doing a huge amount of reading and study just on my own,”; she adds. “I almost thought about going and doing a year of gender studies, then I realized that I was learning so much by being on the ground and just speaking with people and doing my reading…I actually wanted to keep on the path that I’m on. I’m reading a lot this year, and I want to do a lot of listening.”;

Watson also plans to keep busy through her role as United Nations goodwill ambassador and her HeForShe initiative, and she says that pursuing these types of efforts is important to her overall development as a person.

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“I’m on my journey with this and it might change, but I can tell you that what is really liberating and empowering me through being involved in feminism is that for me the biggest liberation has been that so much of the self-critiquing is gone,”; she admits. “Engaging with feminism, there is this kind of bubble now that goes off in my head where these really negative thoughts about myself hit where I’m able to combat them in a very rational and quick way.”;