Little Fires Everywhere

Celeste Ng weaves a deft story, and it's one that's thought-provoking and has you taking the sides of different characters, only to swing back around and wonder if you're being fair in taking sides.

Suspect Red – Commies and the Red Scare

Well-researched, along with photos, headlines, and historical notes, Suspect Red is a great historical fiction read! Even though it's middle grade, I still enjoyed reading it and learned a bit more about life during the Red Scare. The historical backdrop is woven deftly throughout the story, and at the end, there's a list of resources for further reading.

Unapologetically Muslim Reading Challenge! (2020)

The Perks of Being Noura


Welcome to the Unapologetically Muslim Reading Challenge!

My favorite 2020 project yet! This has been in the making for some time now, and I’m finally ready to announce it. I’m dedicating my 2020 to reading more books by Muslim authors. I want to show my support for Muslim authors who do their best to bring us the representation we’ve been waiting for, and the representation that we feel proud of and to raise our voices in literature.

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The Year of the Middle Eastern Reading Challenge + Unapologetically Muslim Reading Challenge? Yes, please.

In a few days, I’m finally receiving my “doctorhood” towards which I have been working relentlessly for years. Of course, I’m ready to confront such questions as:

Exactly what are you a doctor of?

A doctor of literature? A doctor of philosophy?

A doctor of words? Sounds bizarre, but it seems like a good definition of a literary critic.

If I’m being specific, however, my work focuses on diaspora literature and the notion of Muslimness. My project “Transitional Spaces, Transnational Narratives, and Representation: Muslimness in Contemporary Literary Imaginations” intervenes in debates surrounding Muslims, Islam, and the representations of Muslimness in the Global North.

So, it goes without saying that I’ve been quite excited about:

  1. The Year of the Middle Eastern Reading Challenge launched by Reading Between the Dunes
  2. Unapologetically Muslim Reading Challenge that The Perks of Being Noura Blog has started

I find these two reading challenges critical in the current sociopolitical climate–at…

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