Book Tag, Muslim Shelf Space

All American Muslim Girl Book Tag

Hey booknerds, today I bring you a book tag that I created which is inspired by All American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney. This book is incredible and I highly recommend you all read it when it releases!

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Before we start the book tag here is the synopsis of All American Muslim Girl:

Allie Abraham has it all going for her—she’s a straight-A student, with good friends and a close-knit family, and she’s dating cute, popular, and sweet Wells Henderson. One problem: Wells’s father is Jack Henderson, America’s most famous conservative shock jock…and Allie hasn’t told Wells that her family is Muslim. It’s not like Allie’s religion is a secret, exactly. It’s just that her parents don’t practice and raised her to keep her Islamic heritage to herself. But as Allie witnesses ever-growing Islamophobia in her small town and across the nation, she begins to embrace her faith—studying it, practicing it, and facing hatred and misunderstanding for it. Who is Allie, if she sheds the façade of the “perfect” all-American girl? What does it mean to be a “Good Muslim?” And can a Muslim girl in America ever truly fit in?

The book tag has been created to incorporate different characters and themes from the book which I hope will intrigue you to read the book!

Please remember to link back to my original post and tag me on social media (IG: @thetsundokuchronicles and Twitter: @thetsundokuc)

Tag some people to do the tag and have fun!

So here is the book tag:

Allie is the MC in All American Muslim Girl and when we meet her she begins to go through a journey of self discovery and finding where she belongs.
1) Share a book where the character goes through a journey of self discovery or about belonging.

The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad has several characters who go through a journey of self discovery.

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Allie becomes friends with Dua when she meets her at a MSA fundraiser. Dua becomes a really great friend who is really supportive of Allie and her journey.
2) What books have great female friendships?

All the Things we Never Said by Yasmin Rahman has wonderful friendships. The three MCs become really great supportive friends.

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Allie likes Wells but she’s afraid of telling him she is Muslim but he is very open and understanding.
3) What book has a great supportive and understanding male MC?

Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali has a wonderful male MC! Adam is a cinnamon roll, he is kind and patient and really listens to Zaineb. His relationship with his sister is so beautiful.

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Allie joins a Quran class and meets a great group of Muslim girls.
4) What book has a great group of friends? #SquadGoals

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal! I love the Zumra! I would love to join them but I don’t know if I will survive their adventures.

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Jack Henderson makes a living from spreading hate and perpetuating stereotypes of Muslims.
5) What book deals with difficult issues? E.g. Islamophobia or racism

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed deals with very relevant important issues in the world. How education for girls is important for all girls all over the world.

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Allie has a wonderful relationship with her parents.
6) What books have supportive parents?

Ayesha Dean by Melati Lum has a wonderful parent figure. Ayesha’s uncle and guardian is really supportive of everything Ayesha wants to do and they have a really great relationship.

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So that’s my answers! I hope you all enjoyed it! And I cannot wait to see all your answers!

Everyone is welcome to do the tag!

Book Tag, Muslim Shelf Space

#TheLightbearers Book Tag!

Today I’m going to be doing a book tag inspired by The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah! This book will be out on October 29th so make sure you all go check it out and preorder!

This book tag was created by the lovely Amna over at YA Book Corner you can check out her post here

Before I share my answers, here’s what The Light at the Bottom of the World is about:

At the end of the twenty-first century, the world has changed dramatically, but life continues one thousand feet below the ocean’s surface. In Great Britain, sea creatures swim among the ruins of Big Ben and the Tower of London, and citizens waver between fear and hope; fear of what lurks in the abyss, and hope that humanity will soon discover a way to reclaim the Earth.
Meanwhile, sixteen-year-old Leyla McQueen has her own problems to deal with. Her father’s been arrested, accused of taking advantage of victims of the Seasickness-a debilitating malaise that consumes people, often claiming their lives. But Leyla knows he’s innocent, and all she’s interested in is getting him back so that their lives can return to normal.
When she’s picked to race in the action-packed London Submersible Marathon, Leyla gets the chance to secure his freedom; the Prime Minister promises the champion whatever their heart desires. The race takes an unexpected turn, though, and presents her with an opportunity she never wanted: Leyla must venture outside of London for the first time in her life, to find and rescue her father herself.
Now, she’ll have to brave the unfathomable waters and defy a corrupt government determined to keep its secrets, all the while dealing with a secretive, hot headed companion she never asked for in the first place. If she fails, or falls prey to her own fears, she risks capture-and her father might be lost forever.

The book tag is inspired by different aspects of the book so I hope it peaks your interest and makes you want to read the book even more!

So here are my answers:

1 The LIGHT book cover features the city of London. Name a book that depicts a real or fictional city on its cover – The first book that comes to mind is the Ayesha Dean books by Melati Lum. They have the cities that the book takes place in. So Istanbul and Seville are each on the covers (along with a hijabi!)

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2 Leyla McQueen is a champion submersible racer. Name a character you would like to see race against her in the London Submersible Marathon – I think Carswell Thorne would be a super competitive and make it an interesting race!

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3 Leyla ventures outside of London for the very first time in LIGHT. Name a book where you enjoyed exploring its world – The Grishaverse! I love seeing the world expand with each new book and how different parts of the world are so different yet all interesting!

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4 Leyla and Ari are reluctant companions on a long journey. Name a character you would want on an epic adventure with you – Prince Alizayd Al-Qahtani! Did anyone expect me to give anyone else as an answer?! I will follow my Zaidi to the ends of the earth.

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5 Leyla is never far from her brolly, or umbrella in LIGHT. Name a character accessory you wish you had – Ever since I read ADSoM, I have wanted Kell’s coat! It’s so cool and I can turn it inside out to get a new coat to match all my outfits! Practical and fashionable!

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6 Books from the Old World are considered valuable in LIGHT. Name a book that you hope would survive for future generations to read – Wow that’s such a difficult decision! There’s so many! But I will have to go with the Daevabad trilogy. It has wonderfully diverse rep, beautifully nuanced Muslim rep and well lets face it, I am completely in love with the books and I need everyone to read them for generations to come. (But not my copies, no one can touch those)

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So that’s all my answers! I hope enjoyed reading and if you read it then consider yourself tagged!

Book Tag

Marvel Avengers Book Tag

So I was tagged several months ago in this tag but I completely forgot about doing it. And, of course, I don’t remember who tagged me. Oops! But I’m going to do it anyways!

So here are my answers:

Iron Man – a book that made you laugh out loud

I rarely read books that actually make me laugh, mainly because I prefer books that rip my heart to a million pieces but Leigh Bardugo managed to kill me and make me laugh all at the same time. Six off Crows has some of the best banter between a group of characters I have ever read! One of my favourite scenes ever is; “My ghost won’t associate with your ghost.” I crack up every single time I read it!

Captain America – a book that sends a positive message

I’m going to go with A Pocketful Of Stars by Aisha Bushby. It’s a book that I wish I had when I was younger and I highly recommend reading it!

Thor – a book with a character’s strength you admire

Nahri from The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty has incredible strength. She literally finds out she has a parent who is a jinn and gets dragged by a jinn to the jinn world and is suddenly put on a pedestal and thrown into politics of a world she had no idea existed. Lets just say that the fact that she doesn’t curl up in a ball and lock herself in her room and cry shows incredible strength.

Black Widow – a book with a kick-ass female protagonist

The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad is full of badass females. They all have their own strengths and learn to use them for the benefit of the people who live in the city. I also loved how they overcame social barriers and a society which made compete with each other and instead supported each other. Just go read this book!

Hulk – a book that made you incredibly angry

Love Hate and Other Filters and Once and Future. Don’t get me started on how much I hated these books. I could write a whole essay on them.

Hawkeye – an underrated book you think more people should pay attention to

The Disasters by M.K. England! I absolutely loved this book! It has incredible diverse rep and the story is so much fun! More people need to read this book!

*BONUS* Loki – a book with a twist or surprise that tricked you

Sanctuary by Vic James! This book is full of unreliable narrators and my god that ending had me reeling! Seriously you will want to continue reading chapter after chapter because you will need to know what happens next!

Anyways that’s the tag! Hope you enjoyed reading! If you read this consider yourself tagged!

Book Tag, Booksish Discussions

Top 5 Authors I Would Love To Meet

So I saw this post over on Lauren’s blog and I thought I would write one too as there are so many authors I wish would come to the UK and by UK I mean outside of London.

You can read Lauren’s post here

So I have actually been quite lucky over the last few years that I have been able to meet quite a few authors. Leigh Bardugo being the very first author I met back in 2016, though I do hope I get to meet her again! I’ve also met authors such as, Alwyn Hamilton, Samantha Shannon, Cassandra Clare, Holly Black and Angie Thomas to name a few!

But there are some that I would absolutely love to meet but either haven’t been able to go to the event or they haven’t come to the UK, so these are the authors on the top of my list that I would fangirl so hard if I ever got to meet them:

V.E. Schwab

I know right? I have never been able to meet her despite her doing several UK tours. One day, hopefully! I adore all her books though The Monsters of Verity is my favourite! I randomly picked it up one day at the library because the cover looked interesting and I am so glad I did!

Marissa Meyer

The Lunar Chronicles are one of my all time favourite series and I would squeal so loud if I ever got to meet her! Her characters are some of my favourites, I especially love that they are so different from each other and that she shows different qualities in what makes them amazing. From Cinder being a mechanic to Cress being a tech nerd. Cress is also a fangirl and I loved that she wrote her like that!

Renee Ahdieh

Her books are some of my favourites and I feel like her events would be so much fun! Her writing is so lush and beautiful and I would love to hear her talk about how she retells these stories giving it such a beautiful twist. Not to mention the incredibly romantic and complete cinnamon roll of male characters she writes. I mean have you met Khalid? *swoon*

Sabaa Tahir

Another author who I think would be so much fun to meet and listen to at book events! Pretty sure she would kill us with teasers about her books. And if her IG stories are anything to go buy she is so sarcastic and funny and it would be so cool to hear her speak at an event.

S.A. Chakraborty

It’s no secret that I am OBSESSED with her Daevabad trilogy, so let me tell you that if she came to the UK and I could meet her, I would actually die of joy! Yup, I would die happy if I could meet her and tell her how much her characters and her story means to me. It’s been a long time since I have so completely fallen in love with a book like this!

So these are my top 5. Have you met any of them? Who would you love to meet?

Book Tag

The “I Should Have Read That” Book Tag

So I was tagged by Travels in Fiction to do this fun tag! Thank you for tagging me!

Rules

Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post
Link to the creator’s blog booksnest.co.uk in your post
Answer the questions below and tag others to take part

So this tag is perfect for anyone who reads because lets face it we always have more books than we have read and we will continue to buy more!

1 A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read

My friend Anisha has been telling me to read a couple books since they released and I haven’t gotten to either of them yet. All the Wandering Light and Queen of Air and Darkness are books I really need to read soon! Especially as she’s waiting for me to read them so she can fangirl with me!

2 A book that’s been on your tbr forever and yet you still haven’t picked it up

SO MANY! I have a ridiculous tbr, honestly it’s getting out of hand. One that I have been meaning to read since it released over a year ago is Iron Gold by Pierce Brown. I adore the Red Rising trilogy so I was super excited about reading it but I just haven’t yet. I really want to read it soon though as Darkk Age will be out this summer.

3 A book series you started but haven’t got round to finishing yet

The Kiss of Deception was a book that I read last year and really enjoyed but I never got round to continuing the trilogy. I want to read them this year though. You know, before I forget what happened in the first book.

4 A classic you liked the sound of but never actually read

Peter Pan, I mean I love the films and I’m pretty sure I will love it but I just never read it. Maybe this year! I especially want to read it as my friend Fatima loves it so much and is always telling me to read it.

5 A popular book that it seems that everyone but you has read

I feel like everyone has read Children of Blood and Bone except me. I have been meaning to read it for ages. Hopefully before book two is out I will get to it.

6 A book that inspired a film/tv adaptation that you love but haven’t read yet

A Discovery of Witches, I watched the show and completely fell in love but I had never thought about reading it before I watched but now it has been added to my tbr. Also I so need season two already. Why are they torturing me?!

7 A book that you see all over Instagram but you haven’t picked up yet

The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab, it was recently re-published and it’s absolutely everywhere on Instagram. Hopefully will be able to pick it up soon!

So these are my answers. Everyone is welcome to join in the tag!