This year Ramadan Readathon is themed around a wonderful anthology, Once Upon an Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslims. So YA Book Corner has created a wonderful book tag inspired by the anthology!
I had the opportunity to read an arc of the anthology and it is full of the most beautiful joyful stories which encompass so many traditions and cultures and how Eid can be so different for each of us all over the world. You should all read this book!
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Culture – Name a character that identifies with one or more cultures.
The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad is full of different cultures and Nafiza completely immerses us in them from food references to clothes and more.
Tradition – Name a book where the character(s) have a tradition.
Yes No Maybe So by Aisha Saeed & Becky Albertalli is set during Ramadan.
Generosity – Name a character that is generous.
Ayesha from Ayesha Dean and the Istanbul Intrigue by Melati Lum is a wonderful character who is kind and generous and I really loved her.
Community – Name a book where community plays an important role.
The Muslim community in All American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney played an important role in helping Allie to discover her faith.
Faith – Name a character who has a strong sense of faith.
Alizayd al-Qahtani from The City of Brass is a character who’s nuanced Muslim rep I will forever be thankful for. He seeks refuge in prayer and has a strong sense of social justice and Shannon showed through him that practicing your faith doesn’t automatically make you a radical.
Gratitude – Name a book you are thankful for.
I will forever by thankful for Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali because this book reminded me of how I met my husband and I am so happy to see a love story with Muslim characters and that they still hold on to their faith too.
Sacrifice – Name a character that makes a sacrifice for another.
An Ember in the Ashes quartet by Sabaa Tahir is full of characters who make sacrifices for each other.
Light – Name a book with light in the title.
The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah came to mind instantly!
Hope – Name a book or share a quote about hope.
Reclaim Your Heart by Yasmin Mogahed is full of inspiring and hopeful quotes and reminders.
“This world cannot break you—unless you give it permission. And it cannot own you unless you hand it the keys—unless you give it your heart. And so, if you have handed those keys to dunya for a while—take them back. This isn’t the End. You don’t have to die here. Reclaim your heart and place it with its rightful owner: God.”
Love – Name a book with an epic love story.
Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin! I absolutely loved the romance and misunderstandings and it was just perfect!
Forgiveness – Name a character who is the forgiving type.
A Pocketful of Stars by Aisha Bushby is a story about forgiveness and coming to terms with their grief.
Memories – Name a book that holds special memories for you.
Yes, I’m Hot in This by Huda Fahmy is a book that my husband gifted to me on behalf of my cat, Sherlock. He had Sherlock ‘give’ it to me and everything.
Belonging – Name a book or character that struggled with belonging.
One of the main characters in Mirage by Somaiya Daud struggles with finding her place as she comes from two different cultures and doesn’t fit into either.
Family – Name a book that features strong family bonds.
We Hunt the Flame has a great found family and I love the family bonds between Zafira, Yasmine and Deen.
Joy – Name a book that brought you joy.
That Can be Arranged by Huda Fahmy had me grinning and laughing the whole way through the book and I have already read it multiple times.
I hope you enjoyed the tag! I tried to use books my Muslim authors and I highly recommend checking out their books!
Everyone is welcome to do the tag!