A Refreshing and Delightful Halal Romance: Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

BLURB A modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice for a new generation of love.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… Continue reading A Refreshing and Delightful Halal Romance: Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

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Discussing The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

BLURB Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother… Continue reading Discussing The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

Book Series I Tackled in the Past Year

Hello friends! Ask any bookworm what their biggest book-related problems are, and somewhere on that list "the maddening wait for sequels" will no doubt appear. As a not-so-patient person myself, I hate to wait months and, in some cases, years for the follow up to my favorite series. Anyone here suffering with me until The Queen of Nothing is… Continue reading Book Series I Tackled in the Past Year

Reading the Biggest Books of Last Year

Hello friends! I'm so excited for today's post...  Let's stop for a moment there - am I the only one who struggles when writing intros to posts!? They have all started to sound the same around my first year of blogging and now I can't come up with anything that sounds even remotely natural. Does anyone else… Continue reading Reading the Biggest Books of Last Year

A Convincing Take On Racism, Prejudice and Islamophobia: A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

BLURB 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… Continue reading A Convincing Take On Racism, Prejudice and Islamophobia: A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

A Mesmerizing Thriller: Little Darlings by Melanie Golding

Blurb Behind the hospital curtain, someone is waiting . . .After a traumatic birth, Lauren is alone on the maternity ward with her newborn twins. Her husband has gone home. The nurses are doing their rounds. She can’t stop thinking about every danger her babies now face. But all new mothers think like that. Don’t… Continue reading A Mesmerizing Thriller: Little Darlings by Melanie Golding

Brutal Backstories Await You in The Dark Game by Jonathan Janz

Blurb Ten writers are selected for a summer-long writing retreat with the most celebrated and reclusive author in the world. Their host is the legendary Roderick Wells. Handsome, enigmatic, and fiendishly talented, Wells promises to teach his pupils about writing, about magic, about the untapped potential that each of them possesses. Most of all, he… Continue reading Brutal Backstories Await You in The Dark Game by Jonathan Janz

Getting Wordy: My Problem with Muslim Rep in YA – and Why I’m Hyped for Love from A to Z by S. K. Ali

If there was one recent book I wish I could make my teen self read, I'd say Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali in a heartbeat. I don't think I've ever read a book that made me think so much about my identity as a Muslim as that book did. It was relatable in… Continue reading Getting Wordy: My Problem with Muslim Rep in YA – and Why I’m Hyped for Love from A to Z by S. K. Ali