#TheReadingQuest Challenge!

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Hey guys! I’m glad to announce that I’ll be joining the Reading Quest Challenge hosted by Aentee at Read at Midnight. Basically, it’s a reading competition held from 13th August until 10th September to encourage participants to reduce their TBR using prompts!

The reason I joined this particular challenge is because of its unique premise of using character levels and prompts for us to gain points as we progress in the challenge. It’s a competition and there are so many ways to win the exciting prize! I thought it’d be super fun to try and participate.

You get to choose a character which in turn determines the type of books you have to read in order to satisfy the prompt! Normally previous challenges just give you a list of prompts and you try your best to accomplish them all. But having a character that affects the book you read makes everything so much more fun!

Anyway, I’m terrible at explaining in detail so you should definitely check out Aentee’s original post here to get the full info on the challenge! Take your time to digest everything and I hope you join the quest!

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The following art are designed by the superbly talented CW at Read, Think, Ponder!

Here are the four characters you get to choose from:

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How adorable are these characters! I’ll be going with Mage because I think I have a good choice of books to accomplish the prompts.

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And the reading bingo includes the following prompts:

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Because the Mage character gets the first down prompts, here are a list of books I plan to read to fulfill them!

  1. A Book with A One Word Title: Shtum by Jem Lester

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2. A Book that Contains Magic: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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3. A Book Based on Mythology: She Who Destroys the World by Shahida Arabi (This is a poetry book based on fairy tales, I hope this counts!)

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4. A Book Set in a Different World: The Thief (Megan Whaler Turner)Β 

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5. The First Book of a Series: Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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You can also get additional points by attempting the inner cube prompts in the bingo. While this is getting super ambitious for me, I’m going to try some bonus prompts if the main ones are not what I’m up for at the time.

  1. Open World, Read Whatever You Want: A Million Junes by Emily Henry

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2. Time Warp, A Book Set in the Past or Future: Anna and The Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit

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So those are the books that I’ve selected for this challenge. Hopefully I can get through them all! I’m so excited. It’d be amazing to cut through my TBR because God knows it’s been piling lately.

Are you joining this quest? If you are, link your post down in the comments. I’d love to check out what books you’ll be reading! πŸ™‚

My Ramadan TBR!

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Friend: Shahirah are you joining the Standard Chartered marathon?

Friend 2: Oh Shahirah only joins book marathons

Me: Sounds about right….

So it seems pretty obvious that we readers only ever do readathons instead of the actual running marathon. And it’s been a long time since I’ve joined one (readathon, not marathon) that I’ll be participating in the #RamadanReadathon hosted by the lovely folks at @MuslimReadathon ! You can also check out their introductory blog post here.

This readathon will be held throughout Ramadan, our ninth and most holy month in Islam as we introduce to you guys Muslim authors, Islamic-representation and Muslim characters from our favourite books! It’s a wonderful way to get on the diverse bandwagon and expand our reading materials.

While I’m all for diverse reads, as a Muslim, I struggle to find characters that I could relate to as a Muslim, let alone as an Asian Muslim, in the books I read. We’re getting more LGBTQ+, African and Latino representation which is great! So why not expand the choices further to include Muslim characters? Let’s face it, Islamophobia is a real thing which has plagued the Western countries for too long. And just like the #BlackLivesMatter, it’s important to remember that media representation and prejudice should be curbed in order to see the real kindness that exists within people of all religions and races.

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So I have here a collection of Ramadan-inspired reads on my TBR for this readathon. You’re more than welcomed to join us and you don’t have to be a Muslim to read these amazing books! πŸ˜€

1. Sofia Khan series by Ayisha Malik

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I cannot wait to dive into this series. Written by a British Muslim, this romance contemporary promises lots of quips, wits and sarcasm that every modern Muslim can relate to while living as a minority in a huge city!

2. Reclaim Your Heart by Yasmin Mogahed

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I’ve read this book twice (both times in college) back when I needed it the most and this remains one of my most favourite self help books. I’m looking forward to rereading this beautiful book again in the holy month and reconnect with myself and God.

3. All The Things I Should Have Said by Rania Naim

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Β I got this poetry book from Thought Catalog as a gift, and what better way to appreciate a Muslim poet than including it in the Ramadan Readathon? πŸ˜€

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Overall I’m super excited for Ramadan, sahur and breaking fast with the family and new colleagues at work in addition to reading these amazing books! I’ll try my best to read these alongside other books top on my TBR pile. But these 4 titles are definitely a high priority for now.

Share with me your Ramadan TBR, I’d love to know what other Islamic-centred books are out there. If you have any novels recommendations please do share below as well!