Ramadan Readathon 2019: KidLit Recommendations

Salaam/Hello everyone! With Ramadan just days away, it’s time for the return of the Ramadan Readathon – a month dedicated to reading and supporting books by Muslim authors. For more info visit Nadia @ Headscarves and Hardbacks!

This year Nadia created a bingo board with prompts inspired by the five pillars of Islam.

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4 Diverse YA Contemporary Reads

Reading contemporary stories is not my usual fare, but there is something about the summer season that inspires me to pick up one (or several) to read. I‚Äôm drawn to the stories featuring diverse main characters written by #ownvoices authors. This year‚Äôs list includes authors that are returning favorites as well as debuts. I highly recommend every book on this list. I loved each and every one these #ownvoices reads. The main characters are beautifully complex, relatable, and have unique stories to share. They are coming of age stories that are heartfelt, timely, and honest in their narration. Plus, look at all that gorgeous POC cover representation! ūüėć I sincerely hope you give one or all of these YA books a try!

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Ramadan Readathon: Books We Recommend As Eid Gifts for Children

In a few days the holy month of Ramadan will end for Muslims. During Ramadan Muslims fast for 30 days. This means they do not eat or drink anything from sunrise to sunset. Instead, time is spent praying, meditating, reading the Quran, and engaging in spiritual activities. Ramadan ends with a celebration called Eid. Muslims celebrate by attending special prayers, visiting family and friends, eating feasts, and exchanging gifts (if they choose to).

The inspiration behind this post is my 16 month old niece. Being the booknerd I am, I knew I wanted to start building her library as soon as possible. I also knew I wanted the first books in her library to connect to her Islamic faith and background, as well as represent Muslim writers. I set out to research children’s books written by Muslim authors and found some wonderful options. When I learned of the Ramadan Readathon¬†happening this year, I knew I wanted to share this list with anyone interested in diverse children’s literature.

If you’re interested in book recommendations for adults, check out Nadia’s post¬†HERE.¬†Additionally, Zoya has compiled a list of book recommendations for young adults¬†HERE.


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16 Most Anticipated Reads of 2016

We can’t wait to read these books in the new year! Click the titles below for more info and to add to your GoodReads TBR!
1. Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan                                            January 19
2. Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers                                                    February 2

3. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard                                                    February 9

4. Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan                                                February 9

5. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine                                               February 16

6. Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie                                                    March 1

7. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare                                                  March 8

8. The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutoski                                               March 29

9. The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows                                                  April 5

10. The Crown by Kiera Cass                                                               May 3

11. The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahideh                                   May 3

12. Ruined by Amy Tintera                                                                  May 3

13. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye                                              May 17

14. The Beauty of Darkness by Mary Pearson                                    August 2

15. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir                                    August 30

16. Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch                                                      TBA

5 Favorite Books of 2015

There are many wonderful books we read this year. They spanned across all genres. Some were by debut authors and others were the continuation of a series. But all the books on our list left us with massive book hangovers and tons of FEELS. ¬†ūüôā

1. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
What it’s about:  Laia, a slave, is determined to fight against the militaristic government to bring peace and freedom for her people. Elias, a soldier, is also seeking freedom from the government but only for himself. When Laia and Elias cross paths they each have to question what it is they are willing to sacrifice for their ultimate goal. 
Why you should read it: Fantastic, well developed characters; dual point of view narration; intense, gripping plot; non-stop action; beginnings of a love story; and excellent world building
Rating: 5 out 5 stars
2. Queen of Shadows by Sarah Maas 
What it’s about: Aelin comes back to Adarlan to face off with the King and Arobynn Hammel.
Why you should read it: So many amazing, lovable characters; kick ass action; romance, humor, and drama; narration in multiple points of view; and just epic storytelling
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
3. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
What it’s about: An orphaned princess, Wilhelmina,  fighting to reclaim her crown, defeat the dark supernatural forces threatening her kingdom, and falling in love with someone unexpected.
Why you should read it: Strong, relatable protagonist;  great cast of supporting characters, a romantic subplot that is an interesting take on a typical love triangle, and a compelling magical mystery.
Rating: 4.5 out 5 stars
4. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahideh
What it’s about: This is a retelling of the Arabian story, A Thousand and One Nights. In the kingdom of Khorasan, King Khalid takes a new bride every night only to kill her the next morning. When Shazi’s best friend is the latest victim she is determined to end his reign of terror and avenge her friend. She volunteers to become his wife and uses her cunning skills to stay alive long enough to fulfill her plan.
Why you should read it: Beautifully written with complex, compelling characters; enticing, romantic plot with a hint of magical mystery.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
5. The Heart of Betrayal by Mary Pearson
What it’s about: Things for Lia become more complicated than ever when she is held captive in Venda and has to make a choice between Rafe and Kaden for her heart. 
Why you should read it: this is a really well written love triangle, good pacing of the plot with an engaging story; expanded world building; characters worth investing in
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars