So when you have a spirited toddler, it can be challenging to sit down and read. This is why Audible is my friend. Yay for audiobooks, which I can listen to in the car!
I’ve always been a huge fantasy fan. My favourite book when I was 12 was Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce. Here’s a list of some of my fantasy favourites, in no particular order:
- Margaret Atwood – The Blind Assassin, The Handmaid’s Tale, MaddAdam
- Ursula Le Guin – Tales of Earthsea
- N.K. Jemisin – Stone Sky trilogy
- J.RR. Tolkien – Lord of the Rings trilogy
- Phillip Pullman – His Dark Materials trilogy
The one annoying thing though, is the lack of diversity in all of the fantasy books I know and love. Except for Le Guin’s, of course. So! This is why it’s been wonderful reading more local Malaysian work – plenty of diversity to spice things up.
I really enjoyed the audiobook version of Sorcerer to the Crown. It’s a refreshingly different fantasy story by a talented Malaysian author, Zen Cho. The two main protagonists are people of colour, which is already a big plus. She weaves a hilarious tale of magical hijinks set in England, against a backdrop of racism, sexism, and all the fun things I love to see deconstructed. Lots of witty banter!
It does take some time to build up to the action, so you’ll need to be patient. Totally worth it though, so hang in there and enjoy the story. Here’s more info on the book from Zen Cho’s website.
Next book review – N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth series.
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حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الْعَزِيزِ بْنُ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ، حَدَّثَنَا سُلَيْمَانُ، عَنْ مُوسَى بْنِ عُقْبَةَ، عَنْ أَبِي سَلَمَةَ بْنِ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ، عَنْ عَائِشَةَ، أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ “ سَدِّدُوا وَقَارِبُوا، وَاعْلَمُوا أَنْ لَنْ يُدْخِلَ أَحَدَكُمْ عَمَلُهُ الْجَنَّةَ، وَأَنَّ أَحَبَّ الأَعْمَالِ أَدْوَمُهَا إِلَى اللَّهِ، وَإِنْ قَلَّ “
Narrated `Aisha: Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “Do good deeds properly, sincerely and moderately and know that your deeds will not make you enter Paradise, and that the most beloved deed to Allah is the most regular and constant even if it were little.”[Bukhari]
I grew up on Star Wars, Star Trek, read Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit….science fiction and fantasy were my favourite escape pods. I loved these genres as a child, and I still do. But did I ever come across sci-fi/fantasy characters who were Muslim too? Nope. Not until Alif The Unseen, by the brilliant G. Willow Wilson. She’s also the writer behind Kamala Khan, a Pakistani American Marvel comic superhero. Ah, representation matters.
Muslims in science fiction. It’s a growing thing. Click here for the super exciting ISLAMICATE SCIENCE FICTION SHORT STORY COMPETITION! Spread the word!
Source image: Tamara Redfern
It’s been months since I’ve last updated!
I’d like to share some exciting news – on the morning of 25/06/2015, I gave birth to my baby girl, Taskeen Yusra 🙂 She has very strong lungs lol.
Unbelievably, my daughter (I have a daughter!) is already almost a month old. She has single-handedly catapulted my husband and me into a trajectory of adoration and sleeplessness. The broken nights are tough, but it is slowly getting easier. Smelling her new baby smell and gazing into her big eyes always helps 🙂
I am so, so grateful for the help of my family. Even the most basic things like stepping out to use the bathroom is challenging
In the midst of the chaos of breastfeeding, diaper changes, burping and all the necessities of motherhood…I desperately miss writing. To all literary mamas out there, how do you manage to juggle writing with a newborn?
PS: I’m a protective mama bear, so I’m not going to post pics of my daughter online….come by and visit us!
Check out my latest piece on Lip Mag – keep calm and befriend a Muslim.
Thank you, Jo, for being such a savvy and supportive editor! Here’s to supporting Muslim women in our decision to wear what we #WISH.