My #MuslimShelfSpace

At the beginning of this year, I posted a photo of my #MuslimShelfSpace after seeing the hashtag campaign circulating over on Twitter. Created by S. K. Ali, author of Saints and Misfits, the initiative highlighted #ownvoices Muslim narratives at a pertinent time – to counter the Islamophobia and hatred fuelled by the U. S. election and travel ban.

muslim shelf space

Upon taking this, I realised that I hadn’t read as many #ownvoices Muslim narratives as I thought I had and, as a Muslim, this came as a shock to me. In three years, I had read a total of six books by Muslim authors. Why wasn’t I making a more conscious effort to support them? I wanted this to change.

A few months later, #RamadanReadathon was born. Not only did it help in increasing my own reading of #ownvoices Muslim narratives, but thanks to the generosity of many authors and publishers we were able to pass on these books to other readers. I also got to interview S. K. Ali on my blog about her debut novel, Saints and Misfits, and the importance of #MuslimShelfSpace!

Since June, I have definitely been making more conscious decisions about the books and authors I choose to read and support. I have a list of upcoming MG/YA books by Muslim authors that I update whenever new book deals are announced, and I’m also co-running the bi-monthly book club @TheMuslimShelf.

And now that the new year is fast approaching, I wanted to share the progress I’ve made. It was important for me to increase the number of Muslim-authored books on my shelf but I think I completely surpassed my expectations.

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Note: Not pictured here are Salt. by Nayyirah Waheed, When The Moon Is Low by Nadia Hashimi and Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie which make up my total of thirteen #ownvoices Muslim books read, so far, this year.

Also note: A Change Is Gonna Come and The Good Immigrant are both anthologies that feature work by Muslim authors but aren’t exclusive to them.

Thank you to the publishers – Harper Voyager, Macmillan, Hot Key Books, Scholastic, Stripes, Saqi Books – for sending some of these books my way in exchange for a review. With so many amazing books being published in the coming year, I’m looking forward to seeing how much my collection will expand. Watch this #MuslimShelfSpace!

Let’s talk! Did you set yourself any reading goals this year? How much progress did you make in achieving them? Are there any books you’d like to make an effort to read more of in the new year?


7 thoughts on “My #MuslimShelfSpace

  1. Thank you for the list of upcoming books by Muslim authors, there are definitely more than a few books that have caught my eye in that list and I can’t wait until I can get a hold of them! I can’t wait to see more recommendations from you as well 🙂

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  2. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH OMG I HAVE READ SUCH LITTLE BOOKS BY MUSLIM AUTHORS> I absoultely ADORE THe KIte Runner!! One of my FAVOURITE BOOKS. I admit, I CRIED SO MUCH!!! I’m planning to read A Thousand Splending Suns soon and already have tissues prepared. I also have And The Mountains echoed on my shelf! Saints and Misifits is a book that SHOULD be coming in the mail soon! I AM SO EXCITED TO READ IT. Written in the Stars has been on my TBR for way too long AND IT SOUNDS SO GOOD! I didn’t get into An Ember in The Ashes but hoping to try my hand at it again soon. (hahah 2020 sounds good) LOVE this post xx

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    • A Thousand Splendid Suns was my favourite of his three books, though I definitely need to re-read it at some point! Haven’t read Saints and Misfits yet and I’m currently reading An Ember In The Ashes (a lot of people have mentioned their struggle to get into it!)

      If you like Khaled Hosseini’s novels, I’d definitely recommend Nadia Hashimi. So far, I’ve read her books The Pearl That Broke Its Shell and When The Moon Is Low and they both BROKE MY HEART. She has a Middle Grade novel (The Sky At Our Feet) releasing next year and I literally can’t wait to have my soul crushed again.


      • I actually tweeted about Saints and Misfits, and if anyone would like to send their copy along to me for #ownvoices review and then…the author DMed me! My signed copy came today and AGAHAGAAGHAG FREE BOOK FROM AUTHOR WITH MUSLIM MC AGHHH so excite!! I’ll defintly check out Hashimi’s works!

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