Wonder Crush Wednesday is a weekly post by yours truly where I choose to discuss the wonders of diversity. We all have Superman and/or Superwoman within us. The right representation is needed to make sure that everyone knows that. These posts aim to highlight diversity in both literature and other aspects of life. Feel free to adapt this on your blog too!
Last week I wrote about Diversity Bingo, one square is dedicated to Hijabi MC. As a hijabi I thought I’d recommend a few books you could read if you’re participating or if you just want to read great books in general!
Does My Head Look Big In This? is one of my all-time favourite contemporary books! It’s about a girl struggling with her religion, identity, family, and friends. The main character does go through “typically muslim” problems but I think any young adult can easily identify with her. Great short and quick read!
I have not read Love In A Headscarf but have heard amazing things about it! I’ve heard it perfectly describes the misunderstood how muslims get married, have relationships, and fall in love.
A Thousand Splendid Suns is an incredibly emotional book I believe we’ve all heard much about. It’s written by the amazing Khaled Hosseini that is known for unapologetically breaking hearts. This one is a classic and must be included in all ‘books to read before you die’ lists!
Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Goodreads synopsis: When sixteen-year-old Amal decides to wear the hijab full-time, her entire world changes, all because of a piece of cloth…
Sixteen-year-old Amal makes the decision to start wearing the hijab full- time and everyone has a reaction. Her parents, her teachers, her friends, people on the street. But she stands by her decision to embrace her faith and all that it is, even if it does make her a little different from everyone else.
Can she handle the taunts of “towel head,” the prejudice of her classmates, and still attract the cutest boy in school? Brilliantly funny and poignant, Randa Abdel-Fattah’s debut novel will strike a chord in all teenage readers, no matter what their beliefs.
Love in a Headscarf by Shelina Zahra Janmohamed
Goodreads synopsis: ‘At the age of thirteen, I knew that I was destined to marry John Travolta. One day he would arrive on my North London doorstep, fall madly in love with me and ask me to marry him. Then he would convert to Islam and become a devoted Muslim.’ Shelina is keeping a very surprising secret under her headscarf – she wants to fall in love and find her faith. Torn between the Buxom Aunties, romantic comedies and mosque Imams, she decides to follow the arranged-marriage route to finding Mr Right, Muslim-style. Shelina’s captivating journey begins as a search for the one, but along the way she also discovers herself and her faith. A memoir with a hilarious twist from one of Britain’s leading female Muslim writers. Love in a Headscarf is an entertaining, fresh and unmissable insight into what it means to be a young British Muslim woman.
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Goodreads synopsis: A Thousand Splendid Suns is a 2007 novel by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini. It is his second, following his bestselling 2003 debut, The Kite Runner. The book, which spans a period of over 40 years, from the 1960s to 2003, focuses on the tumultuous lives and relationship of Mariam and Laila, two Afghan women. Mariam, an illegitimate child, suffers from the stigma surrounding her birth and the abuse she faces throughout her marriage. Laila, born a generation later, is comparatively privileged during her youth until their lives intersect and she is also forced to accept a marriage proposal from Rasheed, Mariam’s husband.