For the whole month of June, I am going to be making a conscious effort in supporting and reading ownvoices book with Muslim protagonists by participating in this readathon created by Nad and Zoya . This is the first year that these lovely ladies are hosting this readathon, and I am so excited to be a part of this amazing journey. If anyone is further interesting, here is the introduction post.
Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed: Preparing for this readathon, I recently checked this out of my library and I smile everytime I see it sitting on my TBR. This is the debut novel of Saeed’s, who was one of the original founders of the #weneeddiversebooks movement over on Twitter. I recently listened to a podcast with her as a guest and she spoke so articulately about what it means to be a writer and mama, that I was in awe of her conversation. (It can be found here if anyone is interested in this highly interesting conversation.)
Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali: I didn’t get a chance to read this in May, when I intended to read it for Asian Lit Bingo , however it spills into June. I’m planning to buy a physical copy to support the author, and also because my digital idea has weird formatting which is hard on my eyes. I love the title, the idea behind this and can’t wait to get started!
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: This book has been on my tbr shelf for over a year, and I’ve been trying to muster up the motivation to read it (its been overhyped and I’ve personally heard mixed reviews about it.) All of my interactions with Sabaa on Twitter have been lovely, as well as I have lots of friends who are die-hard fans and the fandom is so passionate that its hard warming to see. Perfect chance to give this one a shot!
The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi: Back to when I got an ARC of this, I was so very excited to start reading. I love the premise and idea behind it, I love that it includes diverse reads, and I follow the author on Twitter and she seems delightful. It’s also rare to see middle grade fantasy which features MC that are Muslims (and it ownvoices), so I can’t wait to read this!
Futhermore by Taherah Mafi: This is one book that I’ve been begging my younger (middle grade) sisters to try out, because I love magic and personal journeys that the characters have to take to find something. The cover for this one (and it’s sequel) is absolute gorgeousness. I’ll be sure to go to the library to pick this up for this month.
What books would you recommend for me to read this book? Are you going to be a part of this readathon this month?