YESSS I’m back to talk about more Islamic-fiction! You might be wondering, “all she seems to be doing is talking about reading but not actually doing any reading and talking about writing but not actually doing any writing” and I know it must seem this way but I am reading and writing… it’s just not enough to talk about, you know what I’m saying? I am currently reading a book and currently writing it’s just progress has been slow, but I’m ploughing my way through it! 😀 I just need some more time to get into it all. I have been spending way more time on Goodreads again (I’ve missed it) and have a few Islamic-fiction books I’m dying to get my hands on which I thought I’d talk about!
Title: Love from A to Z
Author: S. K. Ali
Publication: April 2019
The first Islamic-fiction romance I ever read was She Wore Red Trainers by Na’ima B. Robert (actually the first review I posted on this blog!) which I absolutely loved and since I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book, I’m excited to give it a try as my second Islamic-fiction contemporary romance to date!
This is also going to be my first S. K. Ali book and since this author has contributed quite a bit to the Islamic-fiction genre in recent years I’m definitely looking forward to really get into this and see what it has to offer.
Personally, I think there’s something really sweet about ‘halaal’ romance books that I don’t find in any other romances I’ve watched/read/seen, because there is an element of “sacrifice” that comes with restraint – and that goes towards building a more meaningful relationship that is acceptable to both individuals beliefs and interests, and is working towards something long-term and beneficial for everyone involved, instead of something that may end up short-term and meaningless. Honestly, I just find it so much more beautiful and adorable (exactly how She Wore Red Trainers made me feel) lol.
I also am especially excited for this book because it’s based in Doha, Qatar and that is where I have lived for a good few years! It was a weird experience to start the opening chapter and see the “Islamic Art Museum” (which I’ve seen millions of times and gone to on several different occasions!) mentioned – in a book!
Title: Ayesha at Last
Author: Uzma Jalaluddin
Publication: June 2019
The idea of a Muslim retelling of “Pride and Preudice” is extremely appealing to me. Seeing one of my all-time favourite classics reflected in a “halal” Islamic-fiction romance??? Yesss please. Even though “Pride and Prejudice” is basically one of the most famous classics of all-time and there have been countless retellings of it, something about there being a Muslim twist just seem so original to me (or have I finally lost it).
Tbh? I’m just so excited at the idea of another Islamic-fiction romance and this one has also gotten SOOO many good reviews I’m so pumped. I just need to order it.
Title: Once Upon an Eid
Authors: S. K. Ali and Aisha Saeed (and 13 more)
Publication: May 2020
This is a fun one 🙂
As a Muslim, Eid will always have a special place in my heart and this book filled with joyous stories concerning my two favourite days of the year looks like an absolute must read.
I’ve heard so many good things about this one, and I’m really looking forward to reading it and then purchasing a copy for some of my younger cousins as well! I also want to start reading some MG Islamic-fiction because it seems like there are lots of great books in MG, I just have never read any of them!
Anyway, these are the top Islamic-fiction books on my TBR… let me know any recommendations you guys might have for more Islamic-fiction books I should add onto my TBR and read… also, I’d love to hear any thoughts you might have for the books I mentioned in this post, do they deserve a read? Worth the hype? Let me know 🙂