Who doesn’t like a comforting middle grade? As of late, I’ve been trying to read more middle grade novels. I’ve read a few in the past and have enjoyed them but I never really stuck to them. This year however, I read multiple and enjoyed them immensely. What’s better than a middle grade recommendation post? Read on to discover the middle grade books that I can’t stop recommending! Also do share some of your favourite books with me.
#1 – Other Words For Home by Jasmine Warga
Other Words For Home was unlike anything I have ever read before. The book was written in verse and had the most beautiful writing. The story was hopeful and heartwarming but also sad at times. I cried while reading this and it instantly became one of my favorite reads. Plus, Hijabi girl on the cover? Yes, please.
Well, hello! It’s been a minute since I’ve made a post like this. This was a request from a wonderful blogger (not sure if they’d be comfortable with me mentioning them) and I’m going to try my best to share how I manage my time to make room for reading. I tend to read and finish multiple books in a week and I’ve found these techniques to be the most helpful and effective.
Welcome back to another Unapologetically Muslim post! to say I’m excited would be an understatement. I read Other Words For Home for the first time last year and I honestly can’t tell you how many tears I cried. That book touched me in so many ways, and in ways I wasn’t even expecting. It automatically became a favourite of mine. I got the chance to read The Shape of Thunder earlier this year and felt the exact same way. So it’s with a lot of excitement that I get to interview one of my favourite authors on the blog today!
Welcome to the first Unapologetically Muslim post of 2021! This project has been in the making for quite some time. I started this project with the Muslim bookish community in mind. This community has meant the world to me, and over the years we’ve had more and more authors and content creators graciously bringing our voices and stories to the forefront. I couldn’t be prouder of this community, and this is my way of contributing to it. This is in no way enough but I hope you’ll follow this project throughout the coming months, and that you’ll listen and uplift these wonderful people and their stories with me.
I’m so happy to be starting the project in this way and that’s by interviewing such a wonderful author on the blog today. I present to you Saadia Faruqi, author of A Thousand Questions, Yasmin, and A Place at the Table!
And January is over! January was the best reading month. I was so relaxed and managed to read so many amazing books. I enjoyed most of my reads and already found a favourite or two. Continue reading to find out what I read in January and how I felt about my reads. Also, do let me know what you read this month and about the books you loved!
It’s time I announce our book club pick for January! I’m so excited to start reading this book. The book club will hopefully be exploring different genres this year. Our first genre will be historical fiction! If you aren’t a part of the club but would like to you can find us on Goodreads.
January Book Club Pick
In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant–and that her lover is married–she refuses to be bought. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister passing through on his way to Japan. But her decision to abandon her home, and to reject her son’s powerful father, sets off a dramatic saga that will echo down through the generations.
Richly told and profoundly moving, Pachinko is a story of love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty. From bustling street markets to the halls of Japan’s finest universities to the pachinko parlors of the criminal underworld, Lee’s complex and passionate characters–strong, stubborn women, devoted sisters and sons, fathers shaken by moral crisis–survive and thrive against the indifferent arc of history.
Would it be the start of a month without a TBR post? I think not. So far I’ve read 3 books this month and all were picked according to my mood. I’m going to continue mood reading most probably but there are a few books that I’d really love to get to this month.
It’s time for a 5 star prediction post! So many books are on my list for this year, and although I’m taking things slow I still want to predict if some of these reads will be 5 star reads or not. I obviously hope these books blow my mind but you never know. Here are some of my book prediction!
I’m a little behind on my monthly wrap ups. October and November were great reading months. I read so many amazing books that I’ll probably have reviews up for soon. The list is a bit on the long side so be prepared!
So, it’s October and this post is overdue. September was a really interesting month and I read so many new favorites. I didn’t read as much as I’d hoped but I’m pretty happy with the ones that I did. I’m sure some of these you already know about but here are all the books I read in September!