ramadan readathon book tag

The Ramadan Readathon Book Tag was created by Amna at YA Book Corner as a part of this year’s Ramadan Readathon.

~*Mirrors and Windows*~

Name a book that you felt represented you or that you were able to relate to.

There are many books that depict some of my marginalisations, but I’m choosing Queens of Geek because through Charlie it represents my bisexuality, and through Taylor it represents my anxiety and body type. How to Make a Wish also represents my bisexuality really well.

 

~*My Muslim Hero/Heroine*~

Name your favorite Muslim character and explain why.

I think my favourite Muslim character is Nahri from City of Brass, because she is badass as HELL and I think I could learn a lot of really cool skills from her, such as lock-picking (and other nefarious things!)

 

~*Patience is a virtue*~

Name your most anticipated read by a Muslim author.

Definitely The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty! This is the sequel to The City of Brass, and it will be coming out in January 2019. That’s too long to wait!

 

~*Muslim Scribe*~

Name your favorite Muslim author.

This will have to be Muhammad Khan – I had the privilege of hearing him speak and talking to him at a book event for I Am Thunder, and I thought he was so articulate and sensitive about the book he wrote.

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~*The Muslim Shelf*~

Recommend one book by a Muslim author that everyone should read.

I originally chose Love Hate and Other Filters but after a comment from The Last Chapter I’ve decided to change my answer to Persepolis!

7 thoughts on “ramadan readathon book tag

  1. thelastchapter says:

    As a Muslim teen myself and based on what I’ve seen from almost every other Muslim that’s read it, I don’t think Love, Hate and Other Fillters is anaccuraye representation at all of what it means to be a Muslim teen in America. The main charactet’s faith was used only as a plot device and did not make any impact on her day to day life in general other than to make her parents the walking stereotype of strict Indian parents. You wouldn’t even know the character was Muslim if the main reason this book was written wasn’t Islamaphobia because she doesn’t follow any (and I mean ANY) of the practices. I don’t really think anyone should pick this book up with the intent to learn about Muslim teens in America because based on my life and the of basically every other Muslim that’s read it, it’s not an accurate representation at all.

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  2. Lydia Tewkesbury says:

    Love when you see an author talk and they are everything you hoped for!

    Re. Love, Hate & Other Filters – I think the point made above is exactly why we need more books from all kinds of people, right? The fact that some people don’t feel represented by the book doesn’t make it a bad book necessarily – there are some people out there who will feel like it totally pins their experience. But it can’t be that for everybody. That is impossible.

    I do think representation of religion in literature is very frustrating though. In our current political climate the dominant narrative is either of the very conservative, unbending person (eg. the news, Release by Patrick Ness, etc) OR of people who were brought up in a religious environment but who now consider themselves ‘lapsed’ or have a tumultuous relationship with religion (along with Love, Hate & Other Filters, The Big Sick leaps to mind) – people who are just living their lives expressing their religion in a day to day, non dramatic way tend to go unwritten about. It’s like it religion can’t somehow be a subject/cause of huge drama then it can’t be written about – which is obviously ridiculous.

    Being from a marginalised group and having everyone say This Book Is Your Experience, then to read it and find it to be anything but must be awful – I’m a white lady so I’m not going to pretend to understand. I think that’s the central problem though – and something that is VERY common in how we discuss diverse books – we talk about them as if they are the guide for (insert experience here) sometimes. Just because you’re from a marginalised group doesn’t make your experience homogeneous. There is no such thing as The Muslim Experience, The Autistic Experience, etc. That’s why we need more authors from diverse backgrounds, not to hit some Perfect Representation (because it doesn’t exist!) but to create a literary world in which everyone can see themselves.

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    1. whatthelog says:

      I love this comment – this is why I blog about diverse books, to spawn conversations like this!

      I totally agree with you – I’ve definitely read some books about being bisexual or mentally ill that don’t follow my experiences, but are equally valid narratives. It is sometimes a bit disappointing to read books that technically ‘represent’ me but I don’t personally connect with.

      You’ve given me a lot of food for thought. I think I probably focus too much on whether a book is ‘educational’ or not, particularly when answering that particular question about a book that ‘everybody should read’. The answer should really have been not one book recommendation, but a whole gamut of recommendations, because as you say, there’s no such thing as one Perfect Representation! It highlights yet again that we need a whole host of books by Muslim authors about Muslim people.

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      1. Lydia Tewkesbury says:

        Totally. There is a very unfair amount of pressure on minority authors to do the impossible!

        I think the book everybody should read is a question setting you up for failure honestly – again, there is really no such thing. It implies that there is a ‘Muslim experience’ book, which of course there is not. Like I said, in any of these discussions we have to allow for flexibility, because people come in all kinds 🙂

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