30 Days of Ramadan Reads

Thank you so much to the Muslim authors that shared their books with me! I enjoyed immersing myself in Muslim authors and books with Muslim characters, specifically from indie publishers. It brought me back to my early days as a self-published writer, reviewing fellow Authors’ books on Amazon.

Here is my Read list:

  1. I especially enjoyed reading THE MOON OF MASARRAH by Farah Zaman. The characters are practicing Muslim kids but they have interesting adventures and conversations. This book is perfect for middle grade readers. I would love for my 9 year old niece to read it in a couple of years.

2. I have not read a short story romance that I’ve liked before, until THE IDEAL: A SWEET MUSLIM ROMANCE (Ramadan Nights #4) by Saffiyah Ali. Ali’s heroine is strong and independent and funny. It’s a quick read full of common Islamic cultural clashes and engagement gaffes.

3. THE CHANCE: A SECOND CHANCE MUSLIM ROMANCE (Ramadan Nights #2) is a lovely look at a young Muslim Desi couple with the typical Desi marriage problems: in-laws. B.F. Queen’s heroine is sweet and graciously tackles the family dynamic struggles life throws at her.

4. Super Fan Promotions LLC were kind enough to send me a physical copy of the new graphic novel COUNT by multi-award winning author and illustrator Ibrahim Moustafa. It was exciting to read a graphic novel primarily written and illustrated by a Muslim. It was also nice to see a brown protagonist on the main page, as well as the main POC throughout the sci-fi adaptation of COUNT. I could see this story becoming an excited animated series.


My To be read list is pretty long, I won’t tell you how many I didn’t read, instead I will list the first 2 on my list.

1. Thank you Farah Zaman for providing me with beautiful paperback copies of your series The Moon of Masarrah! I can’t wait to read Book 3, THE HOUR OF THE ORYX. I love that the setting is a Muslim orphanage. I know this will be another page-turning mystery with the four (or six) smart young characters from Book 1.

2. I would have liked to read NEARNESS TO YOU, by Nur Fahilah Wahid, during Ramadan, but I requested it as an Eid gift so I have to wait. Jazaak Allahu Khair DeenHubb for bringing this book to my attention!

Now it’s your turn. Let me know in the comments which of these books you also loved, or what books you recommend. I do still have a couple days of Ramadan left.


Published by shireenhakim

Shireen Hakim is a Mexican and Pakistani- American author from Los Angeles, California. Her story "Home for Eid" will be published in DOOR IS A JAR literary magazine in Summer 2023, sold at Barnes and Noble. Her award-winning refugee story "Rabbi the Rabbit" is published in the anthology OUT OF MANY, ONE: CELEBRATING DIVERSITY by Houston Writers Guild. She has written for Buzzfeed, Book Riot, and We Need Diverse Books.

2 thoughts on “30 Days of Ramadan Reads

  1. Thank you so much for reviewing The Ideal. As a new author I really appreciate it and your kind words. I am so happy that you enjoyed the book! Continued success to you in all of your endeavors!

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