5 Awesome Reads by Muslim Authors

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With the month of Ramadan around the corner, what better time to pick up some books written by Muslim authors? It seems I am not the only one in the book community who has thought this since a couple of book lovers (Nadia @scorpioreads and Zoya @AnInkyReader) have put together a Ramadan Readathon (just look at that stunning header).
For those of you who will be joining in, and for those of you who are just interested in picking up some awesome books, here are five to get you started:

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A trio of friends from New York City find themselves trapped inside a mechanical board game that they must dismantle in order to save themselves and generations of other children in this action-packed debut that’s a steampunk Jumanji with a Middle Eastern flair. When twelve-year-old Farah and her two best friends get sucked into a mechanical board game called The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand—a puzzle game akin to a large Rubik’s cube—they know it’s up to them to defeat the game’s diabolical architect in order to save themselves and those who are trapped inside, including her baby brother Ahmed. But first they have to figure out how. Under the tutelage of a lizard guide named Henrietta Peel and an aeronaut Vijay, the Farah and her friends battle camel spiders, red scorpions, grease monkeys, and sand cats as they prepare to face off with the maniacal Lord Amari, the man behind the machine. Can they defeat Amari at his own game…or will they, like the children who came before them, become cogs in the machine?
A story inspired by Jumanji with a Middle Eastern twist? With a hijabi on the front? And BOARDGAMES? I just want to drop everything and pick this one up right now but you know, I'm even more excited to save it and buddy read with others during the readathon. 

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What if you were the spark that could ignite a revolution?
For years Laia has lived in fear. Fear of the Empire, fear of the Martials, fear of truly living at all. Born as a Scholar, she’s never had much of a choice.
For Elias it’s the opposite. He has seen too much on his path to becoming a Mask, one of the Empire’s elite soldiers. With the Masks’ help the Empire has conquered a continent and enslaved thousands, all in the name of power.
When Laia’s brother is taken she must force herself to help the Resistance, the only people who have a chance of saving him. She must spy on the Commandant, ruthless overseer of Blackcliff Academy. Blackcliff is the training ground for Masks and the very place that Elias is planning to escape. If he succeeds, he will be named deserter. If found, the punishment will be death.
But once Laia and Elias meet, they will find that their destinies are intertwined and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.
I've lost count of the amount of times I've mentioned An Ember in the Ashes on this blog and my Twitter. It's without a doubt one of my favourite books, and Sabaa just seems like an awesome human being. You can read my review of EMBER, here, and if you've already read this one, remember the sequel is out! Warning: if you read the sequel while fasting, there is a chance you may dehydrate due to tears = water loss.

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Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. 
In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. 
Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.
It is unbelievable that I have gone 20 years without having ever read a book by Khaled Hosseini. I must rectify this ASAP, I will also be adding A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Kite Runner to my TBR.

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Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City — until she's suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! When Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them, as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to bear? Kamala has no idea, either. But she's comin' for you, Jersey!
Another favourite! I love Marvel, and my love only grew when Ms. Marvel was released! This story is awesome, the illustrations are fantastic, and even though I've only read Vol. 1, I am looking forward to catching up on the new releases during Ramadan. The first one was a pretty fast read, too, which is an added bonus and means I can read it in between chopping veggies, ha.

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'Brilliant idea! Excellent! Muslim dating? Well, I had no idea you were allowed to date.' Then he leaned towards me and looked at me sympathetically. 'Are your parents quite disappointed?'
Unlucky in love once again after her possible-marriage-partner-to-be proves a little too close to his parents, Sofia Khan is ready to renounce men for good. Or at least she was, until her boss persuades her to write a tell-all expose about the Muslim dating scene.
As her woes become her work, Sofia must lean on the support of her brilliant friends, baffled colleagues and baffling parents as she goes in search of stories for her book. In amongst the marriage-crazy relatives, racist tube passengers and decidedly odd online daters, could there be a a lingering possibility that she might just be falling in love . . . ?
I kid you not, Sofia Khan is Not Obliged had me laughing uncontrollably in public. It was so relatable and just absolutely hilarious. I wish I could give all of my friends, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, a copy of this book. 100% recommend. The sequel is definitely on my TBR for the readathon!

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I hope this list has helped you discover some fantastic new books to check out, and I really do hope you all join in with the readathon! It will be lots of fun, and I for one am looking forward to it. If you're looking for more reads written by Muslim authors, Nadia has put together an awesome and continuously growing Goodreads list which you can find here!
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