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My YALC Reading List: Part 1

I’m sure many of you UK Book Bloggers (and perhaps even some of you from overseas!) have started seeing that the authors that will be attending the Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC) in London in July have started to be announced! I’m still yet to buy my ticket (I should *really* get on that) but I’m already excited to meet new authors and old and new friends.

The first batch of authors was released a while ago and there’s a mix of YALC stalwarts and some new faces.

Last year, I wrote the YALC Reading List, which was a really useful exercise for me to get to know all of the authors at YALC and I went in as a bit of an expert – if I do say so myself – on the authors and their books. This year, I am more experienced in the book blogging world, but if you’d like to see this again, please do comment or tweet at me at @annalisebooks! You can find all my old posts about YALC 2016 on the blog and there’s a link to all ELEVEN parts here.

But back to YALC 2017, here’s the first part of my reading list…

This section corresponds to the authors announced in the first announcement, and there are some amazing authors there whose books I have already read (and some that I’m not interested in reading) so these are my unread titles…

  1. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
  2. The Other Half of Happiness by Ayisha Malik (Sofia Khan #2!)
  3. Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
  4. Windfall by Jennifer E Smith (thank you MyKindaBook for sending me this beautiful finished copy!)
  5. The Gilded Cage by Vic James

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What will you be reading for YALC 2017? Comment below or tweet me at @annalisebooks!



Review: Sofia Khan is Not Obliged

Sofia Khan is Not Obliged
Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I saw this book at WHSmith at Luton Airport in Departures, and thought about it all weekend before I rushed to get it at Arrivals the next today, so I’d say the cover and blurb (and feature on BuzzFeed) all drew me in pretty successfully.

‘Sofia Khan is Not Obliged’ has been described as the ‘Muslim Bridget Jones’ and I’d say that’s pretty accurate.

Sofia Khan is a book publicist, newly single after dumping her fiance for refusing to move out of his parents home. Fresh on the Muslim dating scene, her boss convinces her to write a ‘dating guide for Muslims’. Through weddings and babies, Sofia battles being the ‘single’ friend and the expectations placed on her by her family.

I really enjoyed Sofia’s character, and an insight into her life as both a Muslim and a single woman. It’s really important that minority characters and authors have a voice, and Sofia is a unique and welcome addition to the romance market. The book is told through a diary format and so naturally feels very Bridget Jones-esque, but rest assured that the characters and world are very well developed, and the book feels thoroughly modern.

Overall, a really enjoyable read and a much-needed addition to the market. I very much look forward to Ayisha Malik’s future books.
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