Well, okay, the readathon’s already been here for over a week, which means I’m already behind in my reading. Eep! But better late than never, right? This readathon is all about centering Muslim voices and their stories, in a similar vein to #MuslimShelfSpace, where folks took pictures of the books they owned by Muslims. That one raised awareness of how far we have to go, this readathon gets us going!
For those of you who might be wondering, Ramadan itself is the month of fasting observed by Muslims, and involves abstaining from food, drink, and sexual intercourse from dawn to sunset for the entire lunar month. Basically, you’re learning to give physical desires the back seat as you work to improve spiritually. You also learn a lot of compassion for those going hungry. You’re encouraged to engage in additional prayers, do good works, and strive to bring yourself closer to God through remembrance and action. Since it’s a lunar month, it starts with the new moon, and doesn’t necessarily line up with the calendar you’re more familiar with. But this month it’s pretty close. Ramadan began the night of May 26 here in the US, so a June 1st start to the Readathon makes a lot of sense in terms of ease of reference for folks.
So, now that we’re 15 (?!) days into Ramadan and 10 days into the Readathon, I’m finally getting myself together. It’s been a challenging month already–sixteen hour fasts, children a bit unwell, and then my husband going in for a (smallish) surgery. But how can I say no to a #RamadanReadathon? I’ve got a lot of books I’ve been meaning to read, so I decided to pick the
three four I’m most excited about:
Throne of the Crescent Moon – Saladin Ahmed – I should have read this years ago, and I have read a number of shorts by Ahmed which I loved, so it’s high time I immersed myself in this novel.
Furthermore – Tahereh Mafi – Terrible admission: I’ve never read anything by Mafi. So I thought I’d start with this? An Alice in Wonderland spin-off sounds like fun.
The Gauntlet – Karuna Riazi – This came out earlier this spring and I’ve been looking forward to reading it. It sounds a bit like Jumanji meets the neighbor Muslim family, and that just sounds equal parts awesome and hilarious (at least from an insider perspective).
Ms. Marvel – G. Willow Wilson – I’ve read the first two volumes and loved them. It’s about time I nabbed the rest! I’m hoping to work through as many volumes as I can.
I have a bunch more reads I want to get to, but I have to be realistic: Ramadan is a super busy month for me. I usually settle down to write once the kids are in bed. With sunset at 9 pm nowadays, my evening goes to dinner and prayers instead, which means I’m desperately trying to squeeze my writing in around the corners of other things. Reading gets the short end of the stick. Even four books will probably be more than I can manage–but what’s life without a good challenge? Enjoyable, you say? Shh! Who asked you anyway? XD
What are you reading this month? Have you got a book (or five) you’re planning to read as part of the #RamadanReadathon?
If you’re looking for more reads, check out this list of MG, YA, and Adult fiction by Muslim authors.
Want to join the fun? There’s an Instagram photo challenge plus Twitter chats planned (I’ll be guest at the chat on June 17 at 2 pm EST!). Click here to visit the main information page.