Friday Favourites

Friday Favourites – Books That Define You

This is hosted by Something of the Book who created this tag out of a love for lists. There are different topics for us all to be able to take part and you can find the prompts here. There isn’t a specific number of favourites so it’s entirely up to you how many you share. You can share your most or least favourites too!

This weeks post is about books that define you! So I’m going to share some fiction and non-fiction books which are essentially part of me and you can learn a lot about me from knowing these are some of my favourite books that are basically me!

So the fiction books which I feel are a part of me:

1 The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty – Look I think we’ve all established that I am obsessed with these books and I will one day love them enough to actually transport myself into Daevabad.

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2 Love From A To Z by S.K. Ali – A love story with Muslim characters, who don’t date, yet still fall in love? Where has this book been all my life?! This is essentially me and my husband and this book will have a special place in my heart.

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3 Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin – The Pride & Prejudice retelling with Muslim characters that I have been waiting for that not only made me nostalgic for the original but was a fresh new spin and incorporating young Muslim lives into the story.

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4 Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – The book of my childhood that made me completely and entirely obsessed with books!

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5 The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton – While HP may have cemented my bookworm status, it was these books that actually made me a reader

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These are the non-fiction books which will essentially show you who I am and what I am passionate about:

6 Fight Like A Girl by Clementine Ford – Talking about female empowerment is something I can talk about until the end of time.

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7 I Will Not Be Erased by Gal-Dem – Seeing stories written by people of colour and especially those who are Muslim is something I am so passionate about supporting. Only we can write our stories.

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8 The Hormone Diaries by Hannah Witton – Talking about taboo subjects is something I do a lot. It brings me great joy to see the scandalised faces of those who still think that periods are ‘eww’

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9 It’s Not About the Burqa edited by Mariam Khan – I need more stories and essays with the complex and vast view of Muslim women. These are stories where I can see me, where I can see my stories. I need more of these!

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10 Reclaim Your Heart by Yasmin Mogahed – This is the book that I read time and time again and has helped me through some of the most difficult times in my life.

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11 The Quran – And lastly the book that is essentially a guide on the way I live my life. The most important book I will ever read. It is THE book that I turn to in all and any situation I find myself in, good and bad.

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So these are the books that basically define me and topics that people I know will associate with me. I hope this has helped give you an insight to the person I am!

Is there any books that define you?

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