#DailyPrompt: Distant Sun #Poetry #Photography #MPBooks

An interesting photo that asks you a question.

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View from Rochester Castle – Image © My Peacock Books

Distant Sun

A faint glow of distant sun,
A coming of the dawn,
Or faint glow of distant sun,
A setting causing yawn?

Do you think this was taken near sunrise or sunset?  What do you think of the picture or the poem.  Please let me know your thoughts I’d love to hear from you 🙂 You can also follow me in these places: 

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October 2017 Round-up #MPBooks

A round-up of October plus plans for November (including a special date) 🙂

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October was a mixture of good and bad.  Though mostly good I did suffer a rather horrible bout of migraines which left me unable to use anything with screens, like my laptop, phone and e-reader as looking at screens just made the headaches worse.  I think my attempt at reading one of my backlog of NetGalley books (‘Unstoppable: My Life So Far’ by Maria Sharapova) probably made the bout all the worse as I tried to push through and finish reading it so I could review, rather than put it down and listen to my body.  The book is an interesting read for anyone interested in Maria Sharapova or women’s tennis and please take a look at it if you want to by clicking on the link above or any other links in this post (all links open in new tabs).

My Peacock Books Alternate Banner for non wide screen viewDespite the bad I’ve had a lot of good happen this month, with a wide mixture of posts and I tried to do two new things on the blog! :)  Firstly the most popular post of the month was a short discussion post which led to a lot of conversations.  What is Your Trademark? got some great shares online and it was a fun post to discuss what makes our blogs unique.

Pedestrian Pigeons

My second most popular post was a simple photograph.  It was also my first attempt at joining in the weekly photo challenge on wordpress.  It was a lot of fun and I hope you like both this post called Pedestrian Pigeons as well as another photo I’m proud of called Boat vs Swan – just try to find the swan 😉

Pet Show LizardTwo light-hearted poems made it as the 3rd and 4th most popular posts, I don’t think I wrote a dark poem this month.   Elastic Skin was a fun poem I really enjoyed writing and I even used my own photo I’d taken at a Pet Show of this interesting gentleman.  The other popular post was a motivational one called Be Grateful which I hope everyone will enjoy taking the time to read as it holds a good message (which I need to remind myself of sometimes!)

The Great Catsby book coverMy book reviews only netted an average view this month, the only stand out review that got more hits than any others was The Great Catsby, an interesting cat version of the classic book.  It’s worth a look at as it’s also a picture book and the images alone are really fun to look at!

This month I gave another book the special ‘Phoenix the Peacock’s Favourite’s Stamp’! This favourites award only goes to what I consider to be the very best ever books:Image of Phoenix the Peacock's favourite stampThere are so many amazing books but I’m very picky about who gets the stamp and so far only two books have received it (this one included).    The Dollmaker of Krakow book coverThe amazing book I deemed worthy is The Dollmaker of Kraków an amazing historical fiction novel with a touch of magical fantasy which makes for heart-warming and heart-wrenching reading.  Although it’s aimed at children, being a middle grade (older children’s) book, it’s very much a book that could be read by any age and isn’t afraid of tackling a difficult subject in Europe’s history: The Holocaust.  It’s a book I’d recommend every single person read, and with Christmas being part of the plot it would make a good Christmas present – the ending being ultimately a positive one.  I’ve now added pictures to the post so if you didn’t see them the first time please take a quick look as the illustrations in side are just beautiful!

Scared Eye

I was brave enough to try my hand at flash fiction this month and more importantly had the courage (or craziness) to publish it here!  Her Presence is only around 300 words long and is a special story for Halloween.  It’s not so much spooky as strange or maybe even silly but I hope you enjoy it.  This was my first ever attempt at such a short story as I’m more used to writing much longer and more descriptive text (as if that wasn’t obvious from the length of my blog posts!)  Let me know what you think 🙂

So what’s in store for November?  Well it’s my birthday right in the middle, on the 13th.  I expect lots of well wishes and cake 😉  I am hoping to do something on this blog for my birthday but I’m not sure if I’ll get anything done.

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My tbr pile is very, very long at the moment.  I’ve got a backlog of a lot of books and I’m determined to review as many of these as I can by the end of the year (or by Christmas).  I was considering doing a reading challenge (I’ve given up on reaching my Goodreads goal of 60 books) to push myself but I checked out a couple of them and didn’t like the options.  I then considered creating my own challenge!  Madness or genius?  I can’t yet decide but what do you think?  Do any of you do any reading challenges?

I’m also planning to write some more articles and discussion posts.  Now I know I say that every month but I really have a drive to write about something specific, and you’ll find out what that is this month.

So that’s my October and plans for November?  What are yours?

How was your October?  Did you celebrate Halloween?  Did you read all the books you wanted?  What do you plan to do or read in November?  Let’s chat, I’d love to hear from you 🙂  You can also find me in these places: 

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#MondayMotivation: Be Grateful #Poetry #MPBooks

A special motivational message to brighten up your Monday 🙂

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I hope everyone’s had a great week, my internet died on me most of the weekend so I’m a bit behind in catching up with your blogs and getting my own posts out but I hope to be all caught up soon 🙂  In the meantime, it’s #MondayMotivation time…

Although some of us may struggle to find gratitude in life (I certainly have quite often, especially when having a rough time) I hope you all enjoy this motivational message.  Please let me know what you think or any of your thoughts below.  Have a great week everyone ❤

Be Grateful

Be grateful for all you have,
For where you are in life,
Though sometimes you may struggle,
And feel it full of strife.

Be grateful for all you are,
For all that lies within,
Though sometimes you may struggle,
To raise a simple grin.

Be grateful for all you see,
For the world you live inside,
Though sometimes you may struggle,
And feel the urge to hide.

Be grateful for having life,
For being where you are,
Though sometimes you may struggle,
And feel yourself afar.

Be grateful for every day,
Be it good or bad,
Though sometimes you may struggle,
To overcome the sad.

Be grateful you are here,
Moreso when things are hard,
Though sometimes you may struggle,
Feel youself left scarred.

Feel gratitude every moment,
Though life may take its toll,
Though sometimes it takes struggle,
To show true beauty of your soul.

How are you feeling this Monday?  Do you have anything that helps motivate you to start the day/week?  Please let me know your thoughts I’d love to hear from you 🙂  You can also find me in these places: 

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#Poetry: Elastic Skin #MPBooks

A fun and quick poem (and picture) inspired by the daily prompt.

Pet Show Lizard
“Shhh… I’m hiding!”

The above picture is one I took from the London Pet Show last year.  It inspired this brief poem.  Hope it makes sense and you enjoy it, a little different from the usual poetry 🙂

Elastic Skin

You do not see,
You haven’t spied,
Where I stay,
Where I hide.

All you see,
Leaf or bark,
In the light,
In the dark.

A secret skin,
Colour change,
Keeps me safe,
With you in range.

So, you’ll not see,
Will not spy,
Where I stay,
Where I lie.

What do you think of this short poem?  Do you enjoy the fun poetry?  what about the picture?  Please let me know your thoughts I’d love to hear from you 🙂 You can also follow me in these places: 

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A September 2017 Late Round-up #MPBooks

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A round-up of September is not going to feature much this month as I had a little blip and didn’t do as much as I had wanted to on this blog.  I actually forgot about doing a round-up post at all until today! lol  But I wanted to wrap up the month by showing you which posts were the most popular as well as give anyone who hasn’t seen some of my previous posts  the chance to catch up.

There were three top posts this month but by far the most popular is one I put out recently which was for a classic book with a feline twist.

Romeow and Juliet book coverRomeow & Juliet is a fun picture book for any ages based on the classic play ‘Romeo & Juliet’, however the entire book features cats rather than humans and the illustrations are simply stunning!  The review has had a lot of shares on the web so well worth looking at if you have time.


Peacock hello

The second most popular blog post was my little post about my return after taking a break from the blog called Hello…Anyone Miss Me?  Oddly my personal post about how I’d been feeling down about my blog and things in general had a lot of views and even shares.  I felt better after having a chat with several people from posting that post and it goes to prove that sharing really is important and helps if you’re ever depressed.

Yuki Means HappinessThe third most popular posts were both a book haul post and another review.  The review is for Yuki Means Happiness a book I found interesting and much darker than it’s blurb or cover would have you believe!  Well worth checking out if you like modern cultural books.


My book haul posts have been doing better than expected recently with around the same number of views for both Walker Books September’s book haul post and a new Bookbridgr one featuring those animal inspired classics.  Look out for another book haul post from Walker Books about to come up – this month with new Christmas books and Christmas inspired gifts! 😀


I’d also like to share this month’s poetry which got quite a few views.  I’m afraid I only wrote two poems this month and haven’t had much time or inspiration to write more but hopefully that will change especially with Christmas and Halloween inspiring some fun poetry.  There were two serious poems however, one light and one dark.  The lighthearted poem I do hope you will enjoy, even if it’s just for the picture of a zonkey (check it out!), is Different Is Fine.

crouched in sadness

As usual the dark poetry got more views with Why Did You? featuring a particularly difficult subject that is still a serious problem in our world but that’s considered a little taboo to even talk about.

October’s going to be a far busier month and I have a lot of exciting things to share with you.  I have a new book haul post to share with you this week as well as of course plenty of books I have yet to share from last month’s set.  I’ve decided to try and do something for Halloween at the end of the month, even if it’s as little as a spooky poem.

Spooky Halloween stuff! – Image from Pixabay.com

As well as poetry and book reviews I hope to share an article or two this month.  I have an article that’s been bugging me, sitting in my drafts for ages and I just need to read back through it and give it a bit of editing before it’s done.


Apart from all that I hope to just enjoy getting to know you guys more and visiting as many of you as I can.  I’m not able to constantly be online and visiting blogs is something I can only do every few days rather than everyday, as I’m just too swamped with everything in my offline life at the moment.  The run up to Christmastime is a busy one for me and the next few months look like they’ll be busy for me although I hope you’ll enjoy what I do manage to post out 🙂

I hope you’ll all want to keep reading this blog and the content I put out.  You are the reason I keep enjoying blogging.  I might still blog if I had no audience but it’s so much more rewarding to know others are reading.

So a big thank you to you all for following this blog and I hope you have a great October!

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#Poetry: Why Did You? #MPBooks

A dark poem on a very dark subject we find difficult to speak about.

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I must warn you that the following poem is a dark one with a dark theme which still makes many uncomfortable to speak openly about.  Written at a time I was feeling very down, I thought it was still okay to release it publicly, though it won’t be to everybody’s taste.  If you’d rather not read dark poetry then I’ll understand, but for those that wish to speak about the poem or the subject, please feel free to do so in the comments below ❤

Why Did You?

Why did you?
Family bond disown,
When you came to me,
Who was all alone.

Why did you?
Let me feel a sin,
As your hand did place,
Skin on skin.

Why did you?
Make a child lie,
When others saw,
A touch of thigh.

Why did you?
Never take the blame,
In your heart not once,
Feel the shame.

Why did you?
Think that ‘family’,
Gave you all the rights,
could you not see.

Why did you?
Keep the grin, the smile,
Act ‘all is well’,
While I tasted bile.

Why did you?
Make me feel true hate,
Wish for the day,
I’d see you cremate.

Why did you?
Let me shake and cry,
Wish that you,
Then I would die.

Why did you?

This is a tough topic to talk about but if you wish to leave comments please do, I’d like to hear what anyone wants to say 🙂

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