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We’ve most definitely reached that halfway point of the summer break, and let me just say folks, I have not read nearly as many books as I would have liked to have done. I came into this summer with big literary plans but because I’ve been trying to be more frugal about splashing out on things that aren’t necessities (yeah… I don’t know who I’m convincing here either like this hasn’t always been me), buying books have had to take a bit of a backseat. But, not to worry. I have still been reading titles from my shelves that I might have otherwise neglected over the years. 

The following list is in no way exhaustive, it’s more what I’ve read (or reread) recently or what I have on my radar for the next few weeks:

  • Ayesha at Last – Uzma Jalaluddin
  • The Forty Rules of Love – Elif Shafak
  • The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  • Man and Boy – Tony Parsons
  • The Alchemy of Happiness – Imam Ghazali
  • Letters to a Young Muslim – Omair Saif Ghobash
  • A Short History of Islam – S.E. Al-Djazairi
  • Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus – John Gray
  • The Surrendered Wife – Laura Doyle
  • The Gift: Poems by Hafiz
  • The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli
  • She Wore Red Trainers – Na’ima B. Roberts
  • Written in the Stars – Aisha Saeed
  • Love From A-Z – S.K. Ali
  • If I Could Tell You Just One Thing – Richard Reed
  • The Butterfly Mosque – G. Willow Wilson
  • Alif the Unseen – G. Willow Wilson
  • Exit West – Mohsin Hamid

Truthfully, some books have been on this list for years and others I’ve read more than once, but I’m determined to break away from my YA trope and experience new genres and reads that I otherwise would not have picked up before.

If you have suggestions, drop me a message!

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