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I’ve Been Away For a Long Time – Here’s Why… #MPBooks

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Hi everyone!  I’m sure many of you have noticed that I’ve been away the last few weeks.  Although my posts have gone out every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, I’m sure many of you have noticed how I haven’t been around to answer comments and read and comment on many other people’s blogs.  Some of you may have read my previous post in February where I explained what’s been happening, well today I have an update.

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The last month or so has been a bit of a nightmare for me.  Apart from the boiler breaking down during the coldest part of the last month (yes that snowy frozen part of February – great time for the boiler to pack it in!), in February I also suffered some kind of strange injury around my rib cage which left me in such great pain I’ve found it hard to move.  The most basic of movements like turning around in bed or even lifting myself out of bed has been super painful that I’ve come close to screaming it’s been that painful.  I was told by one doctor that I might have dislocated something in my rib cage.  The doctor was a little difficult to get a straight answer out of so I found another who said I might have pulled a muscle.  Well, this pain wasn’t going away so I was sent off to the hospital for two days of tests!


I’ve been prodded and poked, had numerous blood tests, x -rays, and other checks done.  The results of which showed that I haven’t broken something…phew, but I do need to rest and relax completely and not strain myself in the area which is hard as it means I can’t pick up anything heavier than a bag of flour as I feel pain if I pick up anything heavier!   The doctors then sent me home….

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Once I’d got home though I got a call that I needed to come back into hospital, and quick!  This was bizarre, I’ve been told by a GP to go to hospital but never had the hospital themselves call me back.  So off I went to the hospital as it was getting late.  When I got there I was subjected to yet more tests before the doctors finally told me I had a dangerous imbalance of electrolytes in my body!  I’m now taking these tablets to help balance out my electrolytes and I’ve been allowed to go home but it was quite dramatic at the time!  My mum actually likened it to an episode of ‘House’ as the doctors were constantly trying to figure out what was wrong with me!

I’m now back home and taking it easy.  The complete rest seems to be doing my body good, I think I’m recovering as I’m able to turn in bed now without shooting pain, but I’m taking it very slowly as I don’t want anything to flare up before its fully healed.  During this whole time I’ve tried spending time on my laptop or phone but to be honest my mood has been so low the last few weeks that I decided to just rest and sleep more than anything else 😮 !

But now I’m officially back 😀 although it will take me some time to catch up with everything.  I’ve written just one review today, the only one in the last three weeks, but am now enjoying myself a lot more, feeling positive and far better so I’ll be returning to my normal blogging hopefully soon in the next few weeks.  For now I’m still taking my time so I hope you won’t mind if I am not fully active here yet (no daily blog posts just yet) but I will post as often as I can and post more than just reviews.  I’ll also start visiting blogs more often too and reply to you guys.

Wordpress anniversaryThank you for all the support you’ve all given me in the last few weeks and this past year.  To add to the celebration WordPress gave me this anniversary badge for registering a year ago.  It’s not quite the time I launched my blog but it’s still something to celebrate :)

In the meantime, while I get my bearings and back into things why not tell me about any exciting news you’ve had, or been doing this last few weeks while I’ve been away?

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February 2018 Early Round-up #MPBooks

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Hello everyone.  I hope you are all well and having a great February.  I’m sure plenty of you know or if you didn’t might have spotted that I’ve been less active than usual.  I’ve reduced my posting schedule to just three a week (going out on Monday, Wednesday and Friday), been slow to reply to comments and I’ve not been around much on everyone else’s blogs.  No it hasn’t been a love of the Winter Olympics that’s kept me away, although I will admit that I am a fan of watching both the summer and winter Olympics.  First I’d like to apologise for being away for quite a bit.  Things have been a bit uphill in my personal life lately.  Apart from planning a move and the stress and complications of that and other things, I’ve had a bit of an accident too which has put me in a bit of a low mood recently.

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Bookish Naughty List Tag #MPBooks

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Time to confess all of my bookish sins…

I saw this tag on Secret Library Book Blog and thought it looked fun especially as I feel like doing some fun tags this year 🙂  It was originally created by  A Page of Jenniely and was supposed to be about being on the Christmas naughty list for book sins.  As ever there are rules which are as follows:

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January 2018 Round-up #MPBooks

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So the first month of January feels as if it has flown by and I’ve been very busy.  Not only have I managed to post a lot of stuff on my blog and get back to pre-scheduling most posts, but I’ve also been busy in the offline world.  My time with blogging is going to be hampered a little bit though over the next month as I’ll be away for a bit, but I’ll still keep reading (I just can’t help but love reading!) and do my best to not let it look like I’ve disappeared.  To those kind friends who worry, don’t worry, I’m not pushing myself or anything, I have a lot of pre-saved posts all ready to go so you might not even notice I’m gone! lol  In the online world I also have some more exciting news to share but I want to save that until a little later when I’m sure everything’s going well.  So anyway, on to what’s happened in the last month…Read More »

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#PhotoChallenge: The Watery Silence #Photography #Photo #Art #MPBooks

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Today I am bringing you a picture which I think sums up the word silence very well.  With what looks like civilisation so far away, there is a great silence near this water.  The only thing you hear is a breeze in your ears but it’s a beautiful silence otherwise and the perfect place to take a moment to yourself and breathe 🙂

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#Poetry: On New Year’s Eve #MPBooks

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Happy New Year everyone!  I hope you enjoy any New Year celebrations you may be going to and wish you all a great year for 2018.  I hope all of us get to realise our dreams or at the very least have a happy year.  I wrote a quick poem for today which I hope you’ll all enjoy 🙂 🙂 😀 🎉

On New Year’s Eve

On this new year’s eve I pray,
For each and all to have good day.
For all you worries, strife and woe,
Be left behind, or you outgrow.
For all you cares, hopes and dreams,
Be realised or within means.
On this new year’ eve I pray,
For each, good life, to come your way.

I’ll be a bit busy on New Year’s Day so my post tomorrow will be a review I’ve pre-scheduled, and I may be late to reply to messages, but I wish you all Happy New Year again and I’ll chat and be back soon 🙂

How are you spending your New Year’s celebrations?  Doing or going anywhere?  Or do you like to enjoy New Year’s cosy at home, or not celebrate at all?  Let me know I’d love to hear from you and again, Happy New Year! 

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December 2017 Round-up #MPBooks

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I plan to do a years round up at the very start of 2018, to get the final stats on what’s happened this year but for now the monthly round-up of what’s happened to me and this blog in December.

December’s been a hectic month for me with Christmas having been at the forefront of everything but despite that it’s been a great month and I’ve felt my writing take off again.  Not only do I feel more like writing but I’ve found myself confident enough to write about new things and have even been approached by a new publisher to review!  Overall a good month 🙂

user satisfactionThe most viewed post of December was one I posted the last day of November.  Free Books/ARCs Help the Publishing Industry so Stop Complaining! is a post worth looking at it you’ve experienced or believe books should/shouldn’t be free for reviewers.  If you haven’t seen the post already please add your comments 🙂

Christmas PresentsThe second most popular post, actually posted in December so possibly December’s most popular post written is Christmas 2017 Recommended Reads & GiftsAlthough posted only a few days ago it’s netted a lot of views and worth checking out even beyond Christmas as I still recommend these books as gifts for yourself and others.

Norse Myths Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki book coverThe third most popular post is a review!  For Norse Myths Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki by Kevin Crossley-Holland &Jeffrey Alan Love  This is a brilliant big book of tales which are worth reading as they cover some of the Norse myths.   It’s also worth checking out as the artwork for the book is amazing with a tribal sort of dark feel reflecting the tales!

Wintery WoodlandThe only poem I have written and that’s had some popularity has been yesterdays!  The Cold Winter is a poem I really wasn’t sure about but I’ve received some wonderful encouraging messages from you guys so thank you 🙂  I wasn’t sure as it came to me in when I was feeling a bit off but please tell me what you think.


I’m also personally proud of the few shares and likes that this post, When Talent’s Worth a Shout Out,  got.  It’s about talent in my local area and some wonderful music I hope you’ll all enjoy hearing regardless of your usual music tastes.  If you believe in supporting local talent then please do me a favour and help by sharing this post as I feel this is talent worth shouting about 🙂

Next month I’ll be doing a round-up of 2017 as well as my favourite books of the year as recommendations for you to read, they’re not necessarily the same as the ones in my Xmas recommended list!

I do plan to do some new things as well as concentrating far more on writing article and discussion posts on both writer/book things and others.  I want to concentrate on making my blog even more to my own taste and I hope you’ll enjoy sharing that with me.

As well as some new blog posts I hope you’ll continue to enjoy my mix of book reviews, both children’s and older, poetry and arty posts!  Oh and I can’t forget to of course mention the fact I want to include Phoenix the Peacock in more of my posts as the site mascot, especially as some people have mistakenly called me Phoenix 😮 😮 !!!

What have you enjoyed doing this December?  Did you get any presents you wanted or treat yourself?  If you don’t celebrate Christmas what else have you enjoyed doing?

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