Book review – Yesterday I Was the Moon (Spoiler Free)

it only takes
a second or two
to look into their eyes
and decide
whether you’re home
or at just another
perfectly decorated house

― Noor UnnaharYesterday I Was the Moon


  • Title: Yesterday I Was the Moon
  • Author: Noor Unnahar
  • Genre: nonfiction, poetry
  • Pages: 160
  • Publication date: March 27th 2018
  • Publisher:Clarkson Potter Publishers

I was given Yesterday I Was the Moon as a birthday gift last month. By the end of the day, I had some downtime and read it within thirty minutes or so.

The poems were centered around Noor’s life. She began by explaining that her name means light and how she let that fact build her life. She also talked about traveling from her home country a lot. Travel, longing, strength, feminism, words, home, and more themes could be found throughout the book.

Overall, I enjoyed the poems. Some got me to think more than others. I did wish that they were more specific however. It seemed her words were just vague enough that the reader wouldn’t know her life well, but knew her emotions well. All the poems were relatable, especially the ones about women, but I still had a feeling that I wished the poems got a bit deeper.

The book was a good short read. It was definitely a good start to this writer’s career, especially with English being her second language. I’d recommend this book to anyone who loves poetry.

Score: 8.5/10

Average rating on Goodreads: 4.01/5

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