Weekend Reads #38: Book Haul #19: Absence and Poetry

Weekend Reads is a weekly discussion on a variety of topics. Usually after this introduction, I would post a topic or question and then my reflection or response to it. Obviously, I’ve chosen to forgo a topic/question for this weekend. Instead, I will post a book haul not because it’s an easy post to do…

Well, yes, that is part of the reason, actually. I woke up this morning to the realization that February is almost done. This week and two measley days after that is all we have left of February. It’s as if it had no middle. Just a start and a finish. Along with that sudden realization, I also noticed that I did none of what I planned to do, blog-wise, in February, which was to post a few reviews and also a Wishes for My TBR post, which I do every month. What happened?

Well, I was busy with work and stressed from personal worries which drained me and made me not want to blog or sometimes read. That set me back. I don’t know when I’ll be back on track but for now, here’s February’s book haul.


The Last Days of Magic

The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins

I’m pretty sure I learned about this from a Shelf Awareness newsletter. I’m interested in reading it because of the different sources it draws on: myth, legend, fairy tales, and even stories from the Bible. It seems that it will contain lots about war and political intrigue.

A fantasy novel

The Magicians

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

I enjoy the TV show so now I want to see what the book is about. I’ve been tempted in the past to get it but somehow always talked myself out of doing so. I ordered this straight from the publisher (Penguin Random House) along with A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin because I had a coupon but I’ve decided to return Martin’s book because I received a damaged, dirty copy. No point showing it here.


Nejma by Nayyirah Waheed

salt. by Nayyirah Waheed

Bone by Yrsa Daley-Ward

I blame Darkowaa for this :P. Soon after reading her review of salt. by Nayyirah Waheed, I looked up the poet and followed her on Instagram. She posts some of her poems there and so far I’ve liked every one I’ve seen. I’m not a fan of poetry, but I could relate to the poems Waheed posts and that made me want to get her book of poems. So! When I saw her promo post earlier today announcing a SALE on Amazon, I hopped on it.

From February 18-22, Nayyirah Waheed’s salt. and Nejma as well as Yrsa Daley-Ward’s Bone are available as free Kindle downloads. Since they’re free, I got all three (rhymed! :D). Also, the paperback copy of all three poetry collections are available at a discounted price from Amazon February 16-23. Bone and Nejma are available for $9, compared to $16.99 and $17.00, respectively; and salt. is available for $14.18, compared to $25. I might get a physical copy of salt.

What I read this weekend:

Though I was a little busy this weekend, I managed to complete The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. It was boring at first but as the story slowly builds, I slowly got into it. I lost interest in the series for a bit but by the end, I was curious to see what will happen in the next book.

I’ve been away from The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares for a while so it has lost some of its charm. I hope to complete it in the next few days.

What did you read this weekend?

11 thoughts on “Weekend Reads #38: Book Haul #19: Absence and Poetry

  1. salt. is a must read!! I absolutely loved it. Her other book wasn’t as good though. I have Bone on my Kindle app too. I need to find time and enjoy it lol. I love how there are constant discounts on Nayyirah’s books on Amazon. It’s awesome and encourages wide readership. Thanks for the shout out girl! I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the poetry collections 🙂

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