islamic fiction, TBRs

Islamic-Fiction Books on my TBR!

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! πŸ˜€ 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!

Love from A to Z: Ali, S. K.: Books

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.

Once Upon an Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices: Ali, S. K., Saeed, Aisha: Books

Title: Once Upon an Eid

Authors: S. K. Ali and Aisha Saeed (and 13 more)

Publication: May 2020

This is a fun one πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

Speak soon!!!

6 thoughts on “Islamic-Fiction Books on my TBR!”

  1. Ooh what a coincidence!! I actually have Once upon an Eid and Love from A to Z, and I’m planning to read them ASAP!! A Muslim retelling of Pride and Prejudice sounds fascinating, I’ll have to look into Ayesha at Last!! Lovely post Ruqs!!

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  2. Definitely give love from A to Z a go, it was sweet ❀ and that's so cool that you can relate to the opening scene of the museum, as soon as I read it I was like I wanna go there!! I've heard many good things about the other two books but haven't read them yet! I'm going to give them a go though, cause they each sound delightful in their own way. Once Upon and Eid especially gives me nostalgic vibes because I remember making a compilation of my own Eid experiences intertwined with my cultural experiences for a school project once, and I'm eager to read the experiences of others!

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  3. Ok I definitely will!! πŸ™‚ Yeah definitely let me know what you think about both of those books I would love to know your thoughts!! Yesss there’s something very special about everyone’s Eid experiences


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