ramadan readathon tbr

On the twenty-third of April, Ramadan began, so I’m a little late to the party. But better late than never, right? I decided to join the #RamadanReadathon because I love reading stories about identities different from my own.

As this is my first time participating in the readathon, I was surprised to learn that there are no prompts to follow. Only the guideline that each book read must be written by a Muslim author, which means choices, choices, choices, and more choices.

There are so many books on my radar that I don’t know where to start…

Maybe I’ll start with Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi? Not only does it have Muslim representation, but it also has LGBTQIA+ representation.

Rachel needs Sana for her senior film project, but there’s one big problem. Rachel hates Sana. Rachel was the first girl Sana ever asked out, but Rachel thought it was a cruel prank and has detested Sana ever since.

Told in alternative viewpoints and inspired by classic romantic comedies, this engaging and edgy YA novel follows two strong-willed young women falling for each other despite themselves.

Queer enemies to lovers? Yes please! Where has this book been all my life?!

Perhaps I’ll then move on to Internment by Samira Ahmed? I’ve had it on my shelf for a while now because I actually pre-ordered Internment, and it’s been out for a year. So I should probably get to it, right?

Rebellions are built on hope. Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens.

With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the internment camp’s Director and his guards.

Heart-racing and emotional, Internment challenges readers to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today.

Reading Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi would be a nice shift away from the contemporary books that I’ve chosen, as it takes place in a vivid fantasy world. (Also, I bought Whichwood, the second book, not knowing the two books were connected. Oops.)

Alice Alexis Queensmeadow 12 rates three things most important: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. 

Father disappeared from Ferenwood with only a ruler, almost three years ago. But she will have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is Oliver whose own magic is based in lies and deceit. Alice must first find herself—and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

Though graphic novels and I have a love-hate relationship, I believe The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi is one that I’ll love. I’ve read other memoirs in graphic novel form and I loved them, so I’m hopeful for this one.

Persepolis is the story of Satrapi’s unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming–both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up.

The Marriage Clock by Zara Raheem, sounds like the perfect spring read: on a blanket under a tree at the park during a cool, windy day. Doesn’t that sound relaxing?

To Leila Abid’s traditional Indian parents, finding a husband in their South Asian-Muslim American community is as easy as match, meet, marry. But for Leila, a marriage of arrangement clashes with her lifelong dreams of a Bollywood romance which has her convinced that real love happens before marriage, not the other way around.

Finding the right husband was always part of her life-plan, but after 26 years of singledom, even Leila is starting to get nervous. And to make matters worse, her parents are panicking, the neighbors are talking, and she’s wondering, are her expectations just too high? So Leila decides it’s time to stop dreaming and start dating.

She makes a deal with her parents: they’ll give her three months, until their 30th wedding anniversary, to find a husband on her own terms. But if she fails, they’ll take over and arrange her marriage for her.

Are you participating in the #ramadanreadathon? If so…

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