10 Books to Read During Ramadan

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10 Books to Read During Ramadan

There is an overwhelming number of books out in the world to read. Because of that, sometimes it’s difficult to read a variety of books. We’ve compiled a list of ten books that would make for the perfect read during Ramadan. The books we picked lean towards science fiction or fantasy. All either have a Muslim focus or were written by somebody that identifies as such. We hope you enjoy them! And if we missed any of your favorites, please feel free to mention them in the comments! When it comes to books, the more the merrier!

1. The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S.A. Chakraborty

City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty (November 2017)
S. A. Chakraborty – City of Brass

Set in the 18th century, this novel follows a magical world full of djinn, magic, and complications. Through a series of strange circumstances, Nahri finds herself in the city of Daevabad, also known as the City of Brass.
Bonus Recommendation: The Kingdom of Copper (The Daevabad Trilogy #2) is out already, and is just as brilliant as the first!

2. We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya #1) by Hafsah Faizal

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal (anticipated publication date May 14 2019)
Hafsah Faizal – We Hunt the Flame

Admittedly, this one isn’t out yet, but it will be soon! It comes out on May 14th. It’s one of our anticipated books for this month, so we wanted to mention it here as well. We Hunt the Flame is the first novel in the Sands of Arawiya series by Hafsah Faizal. Set in ancient Arabia, the novel promises to be full of rich detail and delightful characters. The world itself is intricate, full of adventures and fantasy.

3. Mirage by Somaiya Daud

Mirage by Somaiya Daud (August 2018)
Somaiya Daud – Mirage

Mirage is the first novel in a series of the same name by Somaiya Daud. It follows young Amani and her dreams of adventure. That is, until one day her dreams come true, and it turns out that adventure isn’t quite what she imagined.

4. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (April 2015)
Sabaa Tahir – Ember in the Ashes

An Ember in the Ashes is the first novel in a series that happens to have the same name. The story follows two very different characters, Laia and Elias, on their quest for freedom and so much more.

5. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi (August 2016)
Tahereh Mafi – Furthermore

Furthermore, written by Tahereh Mafi, is a whimsical tale of love and magic. Alice is trying to discover and hold onto everything important in her life, from love to magic. It’s been called enchanting and whimsical, and with good reason.

6. Ms. Marvel

Ms. Marvel (Marvel - October 2014)
Ms. Marvel (Marvel – October 2014)

Okay, this one is cheating a bit, since it’s a series of graphic novels, but we just had to include them. Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, is a fantastic read for anybody looking to pick up a unique Marvel series. Kamala is full of passion and heart, and she refuses to back down when it comes to protecting those she loves, or compromise about what she believes in.

7. The Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar

The Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar (May 2018)
Zeyn Joukhadar – The Map of Salt and Stars

The Map of Salt and Stars, by Zeyn Joukhadar, follows two girls who live eight hundred years apart. These girls live very different lives, yet have so much they can tell and learn from another. This story is truly beautiful, emotional, and worth the read.

8. Throne of the Crescent Moon (The Crescent Moon Kingdoms #1) by Saladin Ahmed

Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed (February 2012)
Saladin Ahmed – Throne of the Crescent Moon

Throne of the Crescent Moon is the first novel in a series by Saladin Ahmed. It’s described as being a fantasy adventure similar to Arabian Nights (as far as magic is concerned), and that’s accurate. This is a world full of tales, djinns, ghuls, heretics, holy warriors, and so much more.

9. The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson (March 2019)
G. Willow Wilson – The Bird King

The Bird King is a magical and emotionally compelling novel. It’s set in 1491 in Grenada. It reads mostly as a historical fiction novel at times, but there’s a lot to make it stand out. Fatima is the last Circassian concubine of the sultan, and her only true friend is a mapmaker named Hassan. Together these two go on a quest like nothing you’d ever expect.

10. The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi

The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi (March 2017)
Karuna Riazi – The Gauntlet

The Gauntlet, by Karuna Riazi, will have lots of elements that will feel familiar, but it’s a totally new tale. Three friends become trapped inside a mechanical board game—which may sound very familiar. The tale is a steampunk version of the classic movie, with a few additional twists along the way.

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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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