RAMADAN READATHON: UPCOMING MG/YA RELEASES FROM MUSLIM AUTHORS

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As you may or may not know, from how much I’ve been going on about it for the past month or so, #RamadanReadathon has officially begun. I mentioned before that the purpose of this readathon is to celebrate Muslim authors and raise awareness about the importance of diversifying our bookshelves. But, why Muslim authors specifically?

Karuna Riazi, author of The Gauntlet, wrote this Twitter thread a while back about the shocking number of titles from Muslim authors published this year and the next, and it pretty much sums up why we need to support the authors who are already published. There aren’t nearly enough of them. And let’s be completely honest, with the growing Islamophobia in the Western world, it’s not easy for us to tell our stories. Instead, we end up in a situation where we have our stories told for us. Continue reading

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: SAVITA KALHAN ON WRITING ‘THE GIRL IN THE BROKEN MIRROR’

Hi everyone!

I’m excited to welcome Savita Kalhan on the blog today to talk about her debut novel The Girl In The Broken Mirror. She’ll be discussing the significance of the quote that opens her novel and the writing process itself, as well as sharing some helpful tips for writers beginning or yet to begin the publishing journey.

ABOUT THE AUTHORsavita kalhan


Savita Kalhan was born in India but moved to the UK when she was very young. She graduated with a joint honours degree in politics and philosophy from the University of Wales. She was a Batik artist and teacher before she turned to writing. Her debut novel the Long Weekend is described as ‘an intensely compelling thriller’ which addresses the issue of stranger danger. Her recent books include Stories from the Edge and Even Birds are Chained in the Sky. Savita lives in London. You can follow her on Twitter @savitakalhan. Continue reading

RAMADAN READATHON 2018: WRAP-UP

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Eid Mubarak!

I can’t believe we are already wrapping up another Ramadan and the second #RamadanReadathon! I hope everyone had a blessed and productive month. I definitely had less time this year to dedicate to the readathon but I did manage to read three of the four books on my TBR. All in all, I’m happy with how everything went and, with so many upcoming releases by Muslim authors this year and the next, I’m definitely hoping to bring back this reading challenge for Ramadan 2019! Continue reading

RAMADAN READATHON [BLOG TOUR]: LOVE, INSHALLAH AND OTHER ANTHOLOGIES

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It’s the final day of the Ramadan Readathon blog tour and hidden behind the fifteenth and final door is…

door 15LOVE, INSHALLAH: THE SECRET LOVE LIVES OF AMERICAN MUSLIM WOMEN EDITED BY AYESHA MATTU AND NURA MAZNAVI

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In this groundbreaking collection, American Muslim women writers sweep aside stereotypes to share their real-life tales of flirting, dating, longing, and sex. Their stories show just how varied the search for love can be—from singles’ events and college flirtations to arranged marriages, all with a uniquely Muslim twist.

These heartfelt tales are filled with passion and hope, loss and longing. One follows the quintessential single woman in the big city as she takes a chance on a Muslim speed-dating event. Another tells of a shy student from a liberal college town who falls in love online and must reveal her secret to her conservative family. A third recounts a Southern girl who surprises herself by agreeing to an arranged marriage, unexpectedly finding the love of her life.

These compelling stories of love and romance create an irresistible balance of heart-warming and tantalizing, always revealing and deeply relatable. Continue reading