We’re almost halfway through Ramadan 2018 and today I’m doing the Ramadan Readathon book tag, which was created by the lovely Amna @ YA Book Corner.
MIRRORS AND WINDOWS
Name a book that you felt represented you or that you were able to relate to.
I recently read I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman and it was probably the most relatable book I’ve ever read? It’s about a Muslim fangirl and I just can’t stop thinking about how it’s literally the last four years of my life in novel format, even though Angel is tall and confident and I’m small and shy.
I also related deeply to A Quiet Kind Of Thunder for the selective mutism and anxiety rep, and The Love And Lies Of Rukhsana Ali hasn’t yet been published but I’m so excited to see my culture represented in YA!
MY MUSLIM HERO/HEROINE
Name your favorite Muslim character and explain why.
Angel Rahimi from aforementioned I Was Born For This? Because I aspire to be recognised by Twitter handle and locked in a bathroom with the love of my life. Also, Nahri from The City Of Brass because she is my problematic fave and we definitely have the same sense of humour.
PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE
Name your most anticipated read by a Muslim author.
The Kingdom Of Copper by S. A. Chakraborty because I need to know what happens to my son Alizayd. I have a list of other books I’m excited for here. I was following a lot of these authors on Twitter before their debut book deals got announced and I honestly just feel like a proud parent.
Name your favorite Muslim author.
Nadia Hashimi and Kamila Shamsie are actually genius and I still need to read everything they have ever written but I can never recommend their books enough.
THE MUSLIM SHELF
Recommend one book by a Muslim author that everyone should read.
Anything by Nadia Hashimi or Kamila Shamsie? Although A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini has been one of my favourites for the longest time so would highly recommend any of these if you enjoy books that are timely and heart-breaking.
Let’s talk! How is Ramadan Readathon going for you? Have you read I Was Born For This? Who is your favourite Muslim character and why?