RAMADAN READATHON: UPCOMING MG/YA RELEASES FROM MUSLIM AUTHORS

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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RAMADAN READATHON [BLOG TOUR]: MAY – JUNE RELEASES BY MUSLIM AUTHORS

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

door 1AYESHA AT LAST BY UZMA JALALUDDIN

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AYESHA SHAMSI has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being reminded that her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her one hundredth marriage proposal. Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn’t want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. She is irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices and dresses like he belongs in the seventh century.

When a surprise engagement between Khalid and Hafsa is announced, Ayesha is torn between how she feels about the straightforward Khalid and his family; and the truth she realizes about herself. But Khalid is also wrestling with what he believes and what he wants. And he just can’t get this beautiful, outspoken woman out of his mind. Continue reading

RAMADAN READATHON 2018: MY TBR

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Ramadan Mubarak everyone!

I honestly can’t believe how quickly this time of year has come around. There’s only one day to go until #RamadanReadathon so I think it’s time I shared my slightly ambitious TBR for the month. I basically wasn’t planning on having this many books to read since I have very specific non-reading related goals for Ramadan, but I thought I’d include all the Muslim-authored books I already own here anyway even if I don’t get around to reading them.  Continue reading

RAMADAN READATHON 2018

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Ramadan Readathon is back! Now in its second year, the purpose of this month-long reading challenge is to celebrate and support Muslim authors during the holy month of Ramadan. Though the start of Ramadan 2018 (1439 AH) is still uncertain, the readathon this year will be taking place between May 17th and June 15th. You can follow @MuslimReadathon on Twitter and Instagram for all the updates, as well as #RamadanReadathon to share your own progress and recommendations! Continue reading

APRIL 2018 WRAP-UP

April was exhausting. If it wasn’t already obvious from how little I posted on my blog. There was a lot of travelling and a lot less reading and writing (#CampNaNoWriMo who?) and I still haven’t completed any of my assignments due in May or started studying for my exams. But at least I finally saw Love, Simon (which was better than the book!) and Avengers: Infinity War (which was basically two hours of deciding which Chris was more attractive.) Continue reading

MARCH 2018 WRAP-UP

Hello, April. I don’t think I could have predicted how exciting (and busy!) March would be. Not only did we have two snow days (a rare sight on the southern coast of Wales) but there was also World Book Day, Mother’s Day, International Women’s Day, and an abundance of cake in my household because my sister is getting married! Continue reading