Ramadan Mubarak is next to a moon that also says Ramadan Mubarak in Arabic via GIPHY.

1. Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali

Love From A to Z book cover via Barnes & Nobles

Synopsis

A 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.

My Thoughts

I still can’t find the right words to describe how much I ADORE this book!! I love the airport meet-cute scene. The descriptions of Doha are also a lot of fun to read. What I especially love is how it’s not just a love story!!

Love from A to Z also tackles Islamophobia, a main character living with MS, and stuff that people in real life deal with!

Patrick from SpongeBob is looking up and smiling. There are pink hearts everywhere via GIPHY.

2. Salaam, With Love by Sara Sharaf Beg

Salaam, with Love by Sara Sharaf Beg

Synopsis

Being crammed into a house in Queens with her cousins is not how Dua envisions her trip to New York City. But here she is, spending the holy month of Ramadan with extended family she hasn’t seen in years.

Dua struggles to find her place in the conservative household and to connect with her aloof, engaged-to-be-married cousin, Mahnoor. And as if fasting the whole day wasn’t tiring enough, she must battle her hormones whenever she sees Hassan, the cute drummer in a Muslim band who has a habit of showing up at her most awkward moments.

After just a month, Dua is surprised to find that she’s learning a lot more than she bargained for about her faith, relationships, her place in the world—and cute drummers. . . .

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My Thoughts

This was the first time I read about a practicing Hijabi Muslim woman celebrating Ramadan. I loved the big family gatherings and I’m so happy that I’ve gotten to know the author on Twitter as well!! I love how Dua has a strong character development from the beginning of the book to the end. Her interactions with her family reminded me of some of my own interactions with my family. I adored seeing positive Muslim parental representation!!

3. All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir

All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir promo box from PenguinTeen!!

Synopsis

Lahore, Pakistan. Then.
Misbah is a dreamer and storyteller, newly married to Toufiq in an arranged match. After their young life is shaken by tragedy, they come to the United States and open the Clouds’ Rest Inn Motel, hoping for a new start.

Juniper, California. Now.
Salahudin and Noor are more than best friends; they are family. Growing up as outcasts in the small desert town of Juniper, California, they understand each other the way no one else does. Until The Fight, which destroys their bond with the swift fury of a star exploding.

Now, Sal scrambles to run the family motel as his mother Misbah’s health fails and his grieving father loses himself to alcoholism. Noor, meanwhile, walks a harrowing tightrope: working at her wrathful uncle’s liquor store while hiding the fact that she’s applying to college so she can escape him—and Juniper—forever.

When Sal’s attempts to save the motel spiral out of control, he and Noor must ask themselves what friendship is worth—and what it takes to defeat the monsters in their pasts and the ones in their midst.

From one of today’s most cherished and bestselling young adult authors comes a breathtaking novel of young love, old regrets, and forgiveness—one that’s both tragic and poignant in its tender ferocity.

My Thoughts

I wrote an article on this book for Pop-Culturalist and I also wrote an IG post on my bookstagram account @ meetcuteromancebooks!

4. Once Upon an Eid edited by Aisha Saeed and S.K. Ali

Once Upon an Eid book

This is a beautifully written anthology with 15 Muslim Voices!!

Synopsis

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 the holiday parties, or carnival rides 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.


Contributors include G. Willow Wilson, Hena Khan, N. H. Senzai, Hanna Alkaf, Rukhsana Khan, Randa Abdel-Fattah, Ashley Franklin, Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, Candice Montgomery, Huda Al-Marashi, Ayesha Mattu, Asmaa Hussein, and Sara Alfageeh.

5. Queen of the Tiles by Hanna Alkaf

Queen of the Tiles Book Cover

Synopsis

CATALYST
13 points
noun: a substance that speeds up a reaction without itself changing

When Najwa Bakri walks into her first Scrabble competition since her best friend’s death, it’s with the intention to heal and move on with her life. Perhaps it wasn’t the best idea to choose the very same competition where said best friend, Trina Low, died. It might be even though Najwa’s trying to change, she’s not ready to give up Trina just yet.

But the same can’t be said for all the other competitors. With Trina, the Scrabble Queen herself, gone, the throne is empty, and her friends are eager to be the next reigning champion. All’s fair in love and Scrabble, but all bets are off when Trina’s formerly inactive Instagram starts posting again, with cryptic messages suggesting that maybe Trina’s death wasn’t as straightforward as everyone thought. And maybe someone at the competition had something to do with it.

As secrets are revealed and the true colors of her friends are shown, it’s up to Najwa to find out who’s behind these mysterious posts—not just to save Trina’s memory, but to save herself.

Final Thoughts

So this is just part one of my list of Muslim Authored books!! I will try to do a part two after April 20th when I’m back in the US. For those who are celebrating: Ramadan Mubarak!! 🌙

Ramadan Mubarak with lanterns via GIPHY.

I’m currently in Sri Lanka (visiting my grandmother ) and the situation is pretty awful.

There’s a 36 hour curfew and all of social media is blocked. By all I mean Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and even Snapchat! It’s to silence the protestors and I have to say I’m unsure if things will get better in Sri Lanka but I’m hoping that I’ll be able to return safely. My family and I are thankfully doing okay- just keeping an eye on the news and the curfew. People are panic buying and getting resources (even something as simple as eggs and water is a challenge). If you’re a Muslim and you’re celebrating Ramadan please keep the people of Sri Lanka in your du’aas/thoughts.

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