15+ Books to Read this Ramadan!

Assalaam wa alaikum and Ramadan Mubarak, friends! Today is a special day because I want to announce a blog series that I’ve been working on for a while. At first, I was thinking to do something special for Ramadan featuring both Muslim authors and creators, but then I thought, why don’t I make this as a regular series for the rest of the year? Even years after that? So that’s how Muslim Hours was born!

WHAT IS MUSLIM HOURS?

Muslim Hours is a blog series that will centered around Muslim voices. Every two weeks (starting from today), I will not only be sharing a post about topics surrounding Islam and being a Muslim, but also highlighting Muslim creators and authors and, yes, giving book recommendations! My goal is for Muslim voices to be heard by mainstream media and to become a safe place for Muslim readers and authors. I want this project to be something meaningful to myself and Muslims in bookish community—and around the world.

Anyway, I reached 100 followers the other day and I want to say thank you! Your support means a lot to me and thank you for helping me reach where I am today.

…and back to the topic!

So, with Ramadan coming up tomorrow, I want to share 15+ books (yes, that’s like one book for two days) by Muslim authors for you to read this Ramadan! If you want to level up your reading game this Ramadan, my friend Nadia @ Headscarves and Hardbacks hosts a Ramadan Readathon that will last throughout the month. Join us and spread the word! Also, if you want to expand your #MuslimShelfSpace, I hope this list helps you. Now, onto the list!

“I wish there are more books by Muslim authors…” there are! Take a look at this 15+ books by Muslim authors. Let’s hype them up together!

15+ BOOKS TO READ THIS RAMADAN

LOVE FROM A TO Z
by S.K. Ali

Romance | stand-alone
Age range: young adult

Rating: 5 out of 5.

marvel: something you find amazing. Even ordinary-amazing. Like potatoes—because they make French fries happen. Like the perfect fries Adam and his mom used to make together.

An oddity: whatever gives you pause. Like the fact that there are hateful people in the world. Like Zayneb’s teacher, who won’t stop reminding the class how “bad” Muslims are.

But Zayneb, the only Muslim in class, isn’t bad. She’s angry.

When she gets suspended for confronting her teacher, and he begins investigating her activist friends, Zayneb heads to her aunt’s house in Doha, Qatar, for an early start to spring break.

Fueled by the guilt of getting her friends in trouble, she resolves to try out a newer, “nicer” version of herself in a place where no one knows her.

Then her path crosses with Adam’s.

Since he got diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November, Adam’s stopped going to classes, intent, instead, on perfecting the making of things. Intent on keeping the memory of his mom alive for his little sister.

Adam’s also intent on keeping his diagnosis a secret from his grieving father.

Alone, Adam and Zayneb are playing roles for others, keeping their real thoughts locked away in their journals.

Until a marvel and an oddity occurs…

Marvel: Adam and Zayneb meeting.

Oddity: Adam and Zayneb meeting.

I don’t know any a relationship that is better than Adam’s and Zayneb’s. I feel so fluffy and giddy reading their story because at some point, I can relate with the characters. Love From A to Z tackles so many issues and I just love to see Islam being represented in the right way. I’m so happy that S.K. Ali really introduces her readers to Islamic practice.

And, I heard Adam and Zayneb will make appearance on Ali’s second book of Saints and Misfits!

SAINTS AND MISFITS
by S.K. Ali

Contemporary | #1 in series
Age range: young adult

Rating: 5 out of 5.

How much can you tell about a person just by looking at them?


Janna Yusuf knows a lot of people can’t figure out what to make of her…an Arab Indian-American hijabi teenager who is a Flannery O’Connor obsessed book nerd, aspiring photographer, and sometime graphic novelist is not exactly easy to put into a box.

And Janna suddenly finds herself caring what people think. Or at least what a certain boy named Jeremy thinks. Not that she would ever date him—Muslim girls don’t date. Or they shouldn’t date. Or won’t? Janna is still working all this out.

While her heart might be leading her in one direction, her mind is spinning in others. She is trying to decide what kind of person she wants to be, and what it means to be a saint, a misfit, or a monster. Except she knows a monster…one who happens to be parading around as a saint…Will she be the one to call him out on it? What will people in her tightknit Muslim community think of her then?

Still from the same author, but it feels so different. Whereas Love From A to Z is adorable and full of fluff, Saints and Misfits discusses more heavy topic such as sexual harrasment. I feel like everyone need to read this book because there is still victim blaming culture in our society; instead of questioning why the rape happens, people ask what the victim wears. This book is telling that the key to stop sexual assault is to control yourself. No matter how smart you are, whether or not you memorize Quran—but if you can’t control yourself, the problem is in you.

Also, this is the only book I’ve read so far that feature a niqabi character!

THE WEIGHT OF OUR SKY
by Hanna Alkaf

Historical fiction | stand-alone
Age range: young adult

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Melati Ahmad looks like your typical moviegoing, Beatles-obsessed sixteen-year-old. Unlike most other sixteen-year-olds though, Mel also believes that she harbors a djinn inside her, one who threatens her with horrific images of her mother’s death unless she adheres to an elaborate ritual of counting and tapping to keep him satisfied.

But there are things that Melati can’t protect her mother from. On the evening of May 13th, 1969, racial tensions in her home city of Kuala Lumpur boil over. The Chinese and Malays are at war, and Mel and her mother become separated by a city in flames.

With a 24-hour curfew in place and all lines of communication down, it will take the help of a Chinese boy named Vincent and all of the courage and grit in Melati’s arsenal to overcome the violence on the streets, her own prejudices, and her djinn’s surging power to make it back to the one person she can’t risk losing.

One of my favorite book by Muslim author. Why? Because I feel represented in the book. Indonesia and Malaysia culture, although different, are similar to one another. Reading a book with cultural reference such as a local ghost story, drinking cold drinks you buy from a market in the afternoon, having to hear the characters speak in your language—it feels so, so good.

Not only that, Hanna Alkaf successfully brought issue like racial issue in Malaysia, as well as how Muslims in Southeast Asia see mental illness as a work of djinn. Many Muslims (until today) will judge you for having a mental illness, say you’re not faithful enough with God or you rarely pray to Him. It’s a bad stigma around Muslim in my area and I love how neat Hanna Alkaf addressed the problem is.

WE HUNT THE FLAME
by Hafsah Faizal

Fantasy | #1 in series
Age range: young adult

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

People lived because she killed.
people died because he lived.


Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways.

Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.

War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.

Set in a richly detailed world inspired by ancient Arabia, We Hunt the Flame is a gripping debut of discovery, conquering fear, and taking identity into your own hands.

I still remember how excited I am to see a niqabi author releases a book that sets in a world inspired by ancient Arabia culture. Turns out, We Hunt the Flame did not disappoint me at all—it becomes one of my favorite book. So, what tropes does We Hunt the Flame serve? Oh, where do I start? Enemies to lovers, strong and complex heroine, heroine who breaks the gender norms, brooding li.

We Free the Stars originally will be published in July, but Hafsah Faizal and her team decide to postpone it until 2021. So, my friends, if you read this during Ramadan, you have to wait for another year to get your Zafira and Nasir breadcrumbs!

AN EMBER IN THE ASHES
by Sabaa Tahir

Fantasy | #1 in series
Age range: young adult

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

I can’t say if it’s worth the hype or not, because I haven’t read it myself, but according to  my friends’ reactions and reviews; I can conclude that this book doesn’t disappoint them at all. An Ember in the Ashes sets in a world inspired by Ancient Rome (another reason for me to read it, and for you if you’re an ancient history fan like me), with rebellion as the main plot. I’ve heard so many good things about An Ember in the Ashes, from the complexity of the world building to the fast pacing story that leaves us readers no room to take our breath. Leave a comment if you have read An Ember in the Ashes below and bully me to read this, please?

THE CITY OF BRASS
by S.A. Chakraborty

Fantasy | #1 in series
Age range: adult

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass, a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.

After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for…

What can I say except, thick book like The City of Brass is sexy. Daru @ Lovely Owls Books is hosting a #COBReadalong which I participated in early April (she’ll be hosting #KOCReadalong in May, you’re welcome to join us!). Although I haven’t finished with my reading, I’m already in love with the writing.

Not gonna lie, S.A. Chakraborty is one of the authors who is able to trap her readers from escaping out of her books. She makes everything feels atmospheric and I love that for her. So, if you’re looking for a book which main theme is political issue, go for it. Looking for morally grey characters? Definitely go for it!

AYESHA AT LAST
by Uzma Jalaluddin

Romance | stand-alone
Age range: new adult

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Ayesha Shamsi has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being reminded that her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her one hundredth marriage proposal. Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn’t want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid, who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. She is irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices and who dresses like he belongs in the seventh century.

When a surprise engagement is announced between Khalid and Hafsa, Ayesha is torn between how she feels about the straightforward Khalid and the unsettling new gossip she hears about his family. Looking into the rumors, she finds she has to deal with not only what she discovers about Khalid, but also the truth she realizes about herself.

I never thought I’d need a book that represents my coworkers in a way that reminds me of them. It’s so funny to me because all I want to do is laugh throughout the book, the accuracy is so real. Oh, when did the last time I feel this way because of a book?

Aside from my personal reason, Ayesha at Last shows different types of Muslim; the conservative one, the liberal one, the carefree one, etc. Even though the main theme is arrenged marriage (which is a very stereotypical), the presence of these different types of Muslim is kinda breaking the stereotype Western media often portrays Muslim; that we can’t have some fun, that we need a white guy to “free” ourselves from our family.

Also, Ayesha at Last is a book where it revolves around family drama! Prepare some comfy blanket while you’re waiting for Iftar!

OTHER WORDS FOR HOME
by Jasmine Warga

Contemporary | poetry
Age range: middle grade

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I am learning how to be
sad
and happy
at the same time.


Jude never thought she’d be leaving her beloved older brother and father behind, all the way across the ocean in Syria. But when things in her hometown start becoming volatile, Jude and her mother are sent to live in Cincinnati with relatives.

At first, everything in America seems too fast and too loud. The American movies that Jude has always loved haven’t quite prepared her for starting school in the US—and her new label of “Middle Eastern,” an identity she’s never known before. But this life also brings unexpected surprises—there are new friends, a whole new family, and a school musical that Jude might just try out for. Maybe America, too, is a place where Jude can be seen as she really is.

I have mentioned this book a lot whenever someone on Twitter asks me for book recommendation and I want to recommending this again, because Other Words for Home is a beautiful book everyone should read. The cover? Beautiful. The writing? Beautiful. Everything about this book is beautiful.

This book talks about the importance of representation, immigrating, finding yourself in a world and feeling of separation with your loved ones. Even though it’s a middle grade books, it’s one of the books that has a strong message everyone—not just younger audiences—need to hear.

THORN
by Intisar Khanani

Retelling | #1 in series
Age range: young adult

Rating: 4 out of 5.

For Princess Alyrra, choice is a luxury she’s never had … until she’s betrayed.


Princess Alyrra has never enjoyed the security or power of her rank. Between her family’s cruelty and the court’s contempt, she has spent her life in the shadows. Forced to marry a powerful foreign prince, Alyrra embarks on a journey to meet her betrothed with little hope for a better future.

But powerful men have powerful enemies–and now, so does Alyrra. Betrayed during a magical attack, her identity is switched with another woman’s, giving Alyrra the first choice she’s ever had: to start a new life for herself or fight for a prince she’s never met. But Alyrra soon finds that Prince Kestrin is not at all what she expected. While walking away will cost Kestrin his life, returning to the court may cost Alyrra her own. As Alyrra is coming to realize, sometime the hardest choice means learning to trust herself.

One of my most anticipated release this year! Thorn by Intisar Khanani is a YA fantasy retelling of The Goose Girl, which sets in the world full of injustice. So, consider reading it if you:

  • Love fairytale retelling
  • Currently looking for women empowerment in books
  • Coming-of-age story
  • Not an insta-love romance

Also, I just found out that this book was actually released in 2012. Yup, we love one (1) indie author.

MIRAGE
by Somaiya Daud

Sci-fi | #1 in series
Age range: young adult

Rating: 4 out of 5.

In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon.

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.

As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection…because one wrong move could lead to her death.

A SFF book by Muslim author and drawn from Morrocan history? Check. A book that discusses colonalism and oppresion? Check. A book that addresses hatred and appropriation toward one culture? Check. Villain and antivillain complex dynamic? Check. Sets in futuristic space? Check.

I mean, what are you waiting for? Why haven’t you read Mirage?

THE CANDLE AND THE FLAME
by Nafiza Azad

Fantasy | stand-alone
Age range: young adult

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Fatima lives in the city of Noor, a thriving stop along the Silk Road. There the music of myriad languages fills the air, and people of all faiths weave their lives together. However, the city bears scars of its recent past, when the chaotic tribe of Shayateen djinn slaughtered its entire population — except for Fatima and two other humans. Now ruled by a new maharajah, Noor is protected from the Shayateen by the Ifrit, djinn of order and reason, and by their commander, Zulfikar.

But when one of the most potent of the Ifrit dies, Fatima is changed in ways she cannot fathom, ways that scare even those who love her. Oud in hand, Fatima is drawn into the intrigues of the maharajah and his sister, the affairs of Zulfikar and the djinn, and the dangers of a magical battlefield.

Hey, can we appreciate book cover and give the book 5 stars rating for the cover alone? No, we can’t do that? Oh, shame, because The Candle and the Flame is winning. Every book covers walked so The Candle and the Flame could run. Okay, enough with meme, but you know the reason why you need to read this one?

  • Complex landscape and world building. I know you, I know you love good fantasy book with excellent world building
  • Good cover (I know, I can’t stop talking about it)
  • “This book is about many things but it is mostly about women being women in the most fantastic ways possible.” — Nafisa Azad herself
  • Characters driven book

A VERY LARGE EXPANSE OF SEA
by Tahereh Mafi

Contemporary | stand-alone
Age range: young adult

Rating: 5 out of 5.

It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.

Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments—even the physical violence—she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.

But then she meets Ocean James. He’s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her—they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds—and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to let it down.

To be honest, I feel like A Very Large Expanse of Sea is overshadowed by Shatter Me and I’m little sad about it. So, here I am, telling you how important the book is for me. Tahereh Mafi is the first non-Indonesian Muslim author I read and I want to thank her personally for creating a beautifully wrapped story called A Very Large Expanse of Sea.

A bit personal, but, I’ve always heard people say you can’t do these things if you’re a hijabi, and I can relate with Shirin. When she tells people she wants to join a dance team, I want to salute her. Because hey, same here! But the difference is that, I always go home a little late, and hijabi is not allowed to do that, right?

AMAL UNBOUND
by Aisha Saeed

Contemporary | stand-alone
Age range: middle grade

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Life is quiet and ordinary in Amal’s Pakistani village, but she had no complaints, and besides, she’s busy pursuing her dream of becoming a teacher one day. Her dreams are temporarily dashed when–as the eldest daughter–she must stay home from school to take care of her siblings. Amal is upset, but she doesn’t lose hope and finds ways to continue learning. Then the unimaginable happens–after an accidental run-in with the son of her village’s corrupt landlord, Amal must work as his family’s servant to pay off her own family’s debt.

Life at the opulent Khan estate is full of heartbreak and struggle for Amal–especially when she inadvertently makes an enemy of a girl named Nabila. Most troubling, though, is Amal’s growing awareness of the Khans’ nefarious dealings. When it becomes clear just how far they will go to protect their interests, Amal realizes she will have to find a way to work with others if they are ever to exact change in a cruel status quo, and if Amal is ever to achieve her dreams.

One of the books I’ve always recommended to everyone, and I would say this once more: this is an important book, despite targeted to middle school audiences. The importance of standing up for yourself is the theme of the book, which is understandable considering the book is for middle grade children, but Amal Unbound is more than just standing on what’s right and for yourself. It tackles the issue from education to feminism. It’s super quick to read and a little fast paced!

AMINA’S VOICE
by Hena Khan

Contemporary | stand-alone
Age range: middle grade

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Amina has never been comfortable in the spotlight. She is happy just hanging out with her best friend, Soojin. Except now that she’s in middle school everything feels different. Soojin is suddenly hanging out with Emily, one of the “cool” girls in the class, and even talking about changing her name to something more “American.” Does Amina need to start changing too? Or hiding who she is to fit in? While Amina grapples with these questions, she is devastated when her local mosque is vandalized. 

Another short middle grade book you can finish in 3 hours! Amina is one of the characters I can relate to because sometimes, I’m questioning myself whether or not I do something that is actually prohibited in Muslim law. Amina keeps asking herself if she’s doing the right thing, but never brave enough to ask to her parents. This book is inspirational; I can see Hena Khan is trying to tell her readers that you have to find your own voice, because the world is delighted to hear it.

Looking for more books to read this Ramadan? Add these 15+ amazing books to your #MuslimShelfSpace right now!

MOST ANTICIPATED MAY RELEASE

ONCE UPON AN EID: STORIES OF HOPE AND JOY BY 15 MUSLIM VOICES

Contemporary | anthology
Publication date: 5 May 2020

Once Upon an Eid is a collection of short stories that showcases the most brilliant Muslim voices writing today, all about the most joyful holiday of the year: Eid!

Eid: The short, single-syllable word conjures up a variety of feelings and memories for Muslims. Maybe it’s waking up to the sound of frying samosas or the comfort of bean pie, maybe it’s the pleasure of putting on a new outfit for Eid prayers, or maybe it’s the gift-giving and holiday parties to come that day. Whatever it may be, for those who cherish this day of celebration, the emotional responses may be summed up in another short and sweet word: joy. The anthology will also include a poem, graphic-novel chapter, and spot illustrations.

The full list of Once Upon an Eid contributors include: G. Willow Wilson (Alif the Unseen, Ms. Marvel), Hena Khan (Amina’s Voice, Under My Hijab), N. H. Senzai (Shooting Kabul, Escape from Aleppo), Hanna Alkaf (The Weight of Our Sky), Rukhsana Khan (Big Red Lollipop), Randa Abdel-Fattah (Does My Head Look Big in This?), Ashley Franklin (Not Quite Snow White), Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow (Mommy’s Khimar), Candice Montgomery (Home and Away, By Any Means Necessary), Huda Al-Marashi (First Comes Marriage), Ayesha Mattu, Asmaa Hussein, and Sara Alfageeh.

THE HENNA WARS
by Adiba Jaigirdar

Contemporary | stand-alone
Publication date: 12 May 2020

When Nishat comes out to her parents, they say she can be anyone she wants—as long as she isn’t herself. Because Muslim girls aren’t lesbians. Nishat doesn’t want to hide who she is, but she also doesn’t want to lose her relationship with her family. And her life only gets harder once a childhood friend walks back into her life.

Flávia is beautiful and charismatic and Nishat falls for her instantly. But when a school competition invites students to create their own businesses, both Flávia and Nishat choose to do henna, even though Flávia is appropriating Nishat’s culture. Amidst sabotage and school stress, their lives get more tangled—but Nishat can’t quite get rid of her crush on Flávia, and realizes there might be more to her than she realized.

THE THIRTY NAMES OF NIGHT
by Zeyn Joukhadar

Contemporary | stand-alone
Publication date: 19 May 2020

Five years after a suspicious fire killed his ornithologist mother, a closeted Syrian American trans boy sheds his birth name and searches for a new one. He has been unable to paint since his mother’s ghost has begun to visit him each evening. As his grandmother’s sole caretaker, he spends his days cooped up in their apartment, avoiding his neighborhood masjid, his estranged sister, and even his best friend (who also happens to be his longtime crush). The only time he feels truly free is when he slips out at night to paint murals on buildings in the once-thriving Manhattan neighborhood known as Little Syria.

One night, he enters the abandoned community house and finds the tattered journal of a Syrian American artist named Laila Z, who dedicated her career to painting the birds of North America. She famously and mysteriously disappeared more than sixty years before, but her journal contains proof that both his mother and Laila Z encountered the same rare bird before their deaths. In fact, Laila Z’s past is intimately tied to his mother’s—and his grandmother’s—in ways he never could have expected. Even more surprising, Laila Z’s story reveals the histories of queer and transgender people within his own community that he never knew. Realizing that he isn’t and has never been alone, he has the courage to officially claim a new name: Nadir, an Arabic name meaning rare.

As unprecedented numbers of birds are mysteriously drawn to the New York City skies, Nadir enlists the help of his family and friends to unravel what happened to Laila Z and the rare bird his mother died trying to save. Following his mother’s ghost, he uncovers the silences kept in the name of survival by his own community, his own family, and within himself, and discovers the family that was there all along.

21 thoughts on “15+ Books to Read this Ramadan!

  1. wah, ternyata banyak penulis muslim yang bukunya menarik ya. tapi sayang sebagian besar belum diterjemahkan, ya 😦 kemampuan baca buku English-ku kan macam siput..
    btw, An Ember in The Ashes itu bagus banget! buku keempatnya akhirnya keluar tahun ini!! yeay. tapi sayang, denger-denger versi terjemahannya macet di seri kedua, karena penjualannya nggak begitu baik.

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    1. Penulis Muslim luar yang udah diterjemahin setau aku cuman AEITA, Shatter Me, Ayesha at Last (diganti judulnya jadi Ayesha). Belum diterjemahin lagi mungkin karna pasarnya kali ya? Karena jujur buku-buku dari marginalized community itu di luar negri juga kalah sama penulis kulit putih 😔

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  2. love this post, ikram!! i’ve read a few of these already, but i’m picking up the henna wars, and love from a to z, and amina’s voice next month and i’m so excited! i’m especially excited for love from a to z from seeing you love it so much <33

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  3. This is a great list! So many favorites on here.💜 Have you read THE LIGHT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD by London Shah? It’s a fabulous sci-fi set in underwater London!

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