Salaam everyone! I’m so excited to announce that #RamadanReadathon is back for its third year and to share everything I’ve been planning for the past few weeks and months. If you’re new to this blog or challenge: the purpose of this readathon is to celebrate and support Muslim authors during the holy month of Ramadan.
The readathon this year will be taking place between May 6th and June 4th! You can follow @MuslimReadathon on Twitter and Instagram for all the updates, as well as #RamadanReadathon to share your progress throughout the month.
THE READING CHALLENGE
The main focus this year is a bingo board that is themed around the five pillars of Islam. Each pillar has four different prompts and one free space to complete! To participate in this reading challenge, you must choose one or more of the pillars to complete and, beginning at the bottom, work your way up the board.
There are actually two reasons behind this! If you think of each row as a different level, the bottom row (level one) contains the easiest prompts. By working up the board, you’ll also be “building” your chosen pillars as you read each book. If you choose more than one pillar, you may complete the first level for both before you move on to the second.
THE INSTAGRAM CHALLENGE
Once again, there will also be a series of Instagram photo challenges if you can’t commit to reading any books! The challenges are also based on the bingo board as each week corresponds to a different pillar and you are free to choose one (or more) of the four prompts to post about every Monday. Remember to tag your photos with #RamadanReadathon so everyone can see them!
THE TWITTER CHAT
There will also be a Twitter chat this year! Which I am really excited about because there weren’t any chats last time. The chat involves a guest author – Yasmin Rahman – who I actually interviewed during the first Ramadan Readathon. She was working on her debut novel, All The Things We Never Said, at the time and it’s finally being published on 11th July 2019!
Excited? Join us on Sunday 19th May 2019 at 7PM BST to discuss #MuslimShelfSpace, upcoming releases and All The Things We Never Read (see what I did there?)
In an attempt to have a more comprehensive list of recommendations, I created this database of Muslim-authored books to help curate your TBR. However, I will also be posting lists for each of the pillars and prompts, with the help of some incredible bloggers, during the first week of May! There are various other places you can also find recommendations, such as #MuslimShelfSpace on Twitter and Instagram. Just remember that the purpose of this readathon is to support books written by Muslims rather than books that are written about Muslims.
You can sign-up for this challenge at any point during the month through this form!
There will also be author interviews, giveaways and guest posts to come so make sure you’re following @MuslimReadathon on Twitter and Instagram to stay updated throughout the month. Additionally, you can get involved with the Ramadan Readathon Book Tag, which was created last year by Amna @ YA Book Corner.
Are you excited? I’m so happy to be hosting this challenge for another year and so grateful for all your enthusiasm and support every single time!
If you are an author or blogger and you would like to get involved, you can still get in touch via email: muslimreadathon (at) gmail (dot) com – I would love to hear your ideas and collaborate with you!