Hi everyone! I wanted to talk to you guys about an upcoming readathon that I am participating in called the Ramadan Readathon (@MuslimReadathon) which has been organised by Nadia (@scorpioreads) and Zoya (@AnInkyRead). The aim is to read as many books written by Muslim authors as you can during the month of June. I have only once took part in a readathon – and failed epically – but this time I am determined to get a lot of reading done!
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
The Kite runner is one of my all time favourite books and for some unknown, bizarre reason I haven’t read the remaining two of Hosseini’s books. I’m finally hoping to get them read next month.
And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
This is his most recent book which I also hope to read during the readathon.
Reclaim Your Heart by Yasmin Mogahed
I’ve been wanting to pick this up for a really long time and it’s a very short book, too which makes it perfect for my TBR.
If you want to participate in this readathon but don’t know which books to read, I have compiled together a list of some exciting recent releases written by Muslim authors that you can pick up.
The Other Half Of Happiness by Ayisha Malik
This is the sequel to Sofia khan is not obliged, a novel described as a “heart-warming romantic comedy” following a Muslim woman Sofia who is tasked to write about dating in Muslim culture for the publishing company she works for. This seems like a good fit for those who enjoy contemporary romance and humour in books.
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
This literary fiction novel follows two young people in love in a country torn by war. It has been incredibly well received and talked about since its release so if you’re a fan of good writing and magical realism, this sounds like a good one to check out.
The Thing We Call A Heart by Sheba Karim
Shabnam, a Pakistani-American teen, starts to drift apart from her best friend Farah when she starts wearing a headscarf. If you enjoy a coming-of-age story featuring diverse characters, this might be for you.
The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi
The plot follows three best friends when they all get sucked into a mechanical board game. If you’re a fan of the movie Jumanji and want a book with a similar concept, look no further.
Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali
This is another contemporary, coming-of-age story following an Arab Indian-American Muslim teen girl, Janna Yusuf. The book is being described as the modern “My so-called Life” featuring a Muslim teen. Plus, just look at the cover! Doesn’t it alone make you want to read this book? (This book is being released on 13th June 2017)
If any of you, like me, are also participating in this readathon, please let me know in the comments! 🙂