5 Reasons To Read Historical Fiction
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Review: The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

Review: The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

‘”When did you become so weak?” I don’t know. I don’t know where that strength went, I don’t remember losing it. I think that over time it got chipped away, bit by bit, by life, by the living of it.’ I finally got around to reading Paula Hawkins bestselling novel The Girl On The Train, and it has seriously made me wonder why I don’t read thrillers more often. The only two I’ve read in ages have been this one and Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson, and… Read more »

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It’s my second Blogiversary!

It’s my second Blogiversary!

I can’t believe it! Another year has gone by, and Boats Against The Current turns two today! When I started out blogging I was kind of doubtful as to whether or not I’d actually manage to stick with it (I’m a bit of a serial hobbyist!), so I’m pretty pleased that two years later I’m still going. I started this blog just after finishing university to have some kind of creative outlet whilst I wondered what to do next with my life, but it’s proven to be so much more… Read more »

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What makes a good book cover?

What makes a good book cover?

I know we like to say ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’, but let’s be honest: we all do it. Book covers are basically our first impression of a book, and just like when you dress smartly to go to a job interview, a book should be dressed to impress. However much we like to think we don’t discriminate based on covers, I think most people wouldn’t get as far as reading a book’s blurb if they weren’t first attracted by its outer packaging. So I thought I’d do a post… Read more »

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Manga Mini Reviews: Death Note Black Editions – Volumes 2-4

Manga Mini Reviews: Death Note Black Editions – Volumes 2-4

Warning: Spoilers!  A week or so ago I reviewed the first volume of Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, and absolutely loved it! It’s the first manga I’ve read and I adored the story and the characters, and so have been on a bit of a Death Note binge since then. I’ve now read Volumes 2, 3 and 4 of the Black Editions (which each contain two of the original volumes, so I’ve technically read as far as volume 8), and things have certainly got very interesting! I need to get hold of… Read more »

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My Physical TBR List

My Physical TBR List

I seem to have been on a bit of a book buying binge recently, and as a result my physical TBR pile has become pretty monstrous (and the above selection is just a few of them)! There’s just been too many bargains about, and there are so many books I want to read that I’ve been unable to resist! The only problem now is (you know, aside from having enough unread books now to build a fort!) that I have so many options that I just can’t decide what to… Read more »

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5 Reasons To Read Historical Fiction

5 Reasons To Read Historical Fiction

So I thought it was about time I did something that I haven’t done (successfully) in forever, and start a blog post series. Hooray! I’ve decided to highlight some of my favourite genres with a few ‘5 Reasons to Read [insert genre]’ posts, starting out with historical fiction. So here are 5 Reasons To Read Historical Fiction: You learn stuff! Historical fiction is (shockingly) all about historical events, which means you can learn a lot through it. For example, whilst my school covered Tudor history pretty well, we learnt almost… Read more »

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Review: The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

Review: The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

‘Looking at these stars suddenly dwarfed my own troubles and all the gravities of terrestrial life. I thought of their unfathomable distance, and the slow inevitable drift of their movements out of the unknown past into the unknown future.’ Ages ago I read The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells and really enjoyed it, despite being immensely creeped out by it. Therefore I thought I’d give one of his more famous works a go and went for The Time Machine…and yet again found it enjoyable but extremely strange and… Read more »

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5 Little Things I’ve Done To Boost My Blog

5 Little Things I’ve Done To Boost My Blog

With my second blogoversary drawing ever closer, I recently decided to really try and step up my blogging (probably because it’s about that time of year when my hosting fees are due – it makes me want to get my money’s worth!). Therefore I decided to make a few little adjustments to my blogging routine to try and keep things more consistent, and hopefully give my blog a little boost in time for its’ second birthday. And to my surprise, my little adjustments seem to have worked! Now we’re not… Read more »

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Do you reread books?

Do you reread books?

When I was a child, most of the reading I did was actually rereading. I had a cycle of a few favourite books that I read over and over, occasionally mixing it up with a different book from the library, or adding a new favourite to the cycle. Amongst these several favourites were the Harry Potter series, various Jaqueline Wilson books, Watership Down, Black Beauty (not sure what it was with me and animal books!) and a handful of others. These days, however, I can’t actually remember the last time… Read more »

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Review: Death Note – Black Edition Volume 1 by Tsugumi Ohba

Review: Death Note – Black Edition Volume 1 by Tsugumi Ohba

‘The human whose name is written in this note shall die.’ I’ve been meaning to read some manga for ages, so I decided to start out with Death Note (story by Tsugumi, art by Takeshi Obata, translation by Yuki Kowalsky). I really liked the sound of the concept and thought it opened itself up to a lot of the ‘questioning what’s right and wrong’ dilemmas that I love to see in fiction. And I certainly wasn’t disappointed! Death Note tells the story of genius student Light Yagami who finds a dropped notebook… Read more »

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