Greetings friends! Seriously Planning has a new YouTube show about books, and this week’s episode is a review of a new UK release called “Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik.” In this episode I talk about how this book introduced to the Youtube book/reading community, why I started a channel, the importance of good cover art, and discuss my favourite and not so favourite parts of this book. It’s a book that would be a fun holiday/relaxing read or a book that would be good company if you’re stuck in bed with the flu during Joburg’s cold cold winter. This book will only be available in Canada in October 2016 I believe (not sure about the US release date), but it is available here in Johannesburg. If you’re read this book, what are your thoughts? I’d love to hear from you.
You can find the video below.
5 thoughts on “On “Sofia Khan is Not Obliged” and the Joy of Books With Muslim Characters”
Awesome review, now I really have to read this book. I’m assuming in buying it you looked around for what was cheapest, where did you end up purchasing?
Thank you for the kind words! I’m so glad you liked the review. Normally I do look for the cheapest book, this book I ended up buying while I was out so I got from Exclusive. It was 211 rands there I think.
Having a Muslim protagonist grace the title is a big deal and having a protagonist dealing with the same issues the majority of us hijabis do is also important, and yes the title does sound very tempting! What many people should realize is Sophia is a lot like most of us. I am really impressed that she uses the istighara prayer! Kudos indeed! I liked how you said she’s “unapologetically muslim” and also how she’s not a picture perfect image.
Thanks for your feedback! Thank you so much for watching and commenting. 🙂 Hope you enjoy the book. Yay for books with Muslim characters just going through everyday things.