Author: Laura

Blogging Made Me Read It!

Blogging Made Me Read It!

There are so many things to love about book blogging, but one of the biggest ones for me is the endless supply of book recommendations and suggestions you can get from other bloggers, whether that’s through comments, reviews or just chatting on Twitter. Since starting Boats Against The Current two years ago, there have been so many books that I’ve read that I probably wouldn’t even have heard about if it wasn’t for blogging and other bloggers, so I thought I’d do a quick post all about them! Most of… Read more »

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The NaNoWriMo Diaries: Week 1

The NaNoWriMo Diaries: Week 1

We’re officially a week into NaNoWriMo 2016, so I thought I’d do a quick update post! Surprisingly, it’s been going pretty well so far. Not amazingly so – I’m not miles ahead or anything – but I’ve been managing to tread water, hitting the word count or above most days. The couple of days when I didn’t quite meet the full 1,667 words was balanced out by the days when I went over (Thursday was my best day – I hit 2,469!), so I’m officially still on track! As of… Read more »

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Writers: How do you name characters?

Writers: How do you name characters?

Is it me, or is one of the hardest parts of starting a new story naming all of the characters? Maybe it’s just me, nitpicking over small details, but it seems like a pretty big responsibility, naming another human (or elf, or dwarf etc.), even if they are only fictional (God forbid if I ever have kids and actually have to choose a name for another human being!). It’s just that once you’ve chosen a name you’re pretty much stuck with it for the entirety of the project, unless you’re… Read more »

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Review: Second Life by S.J. Watson

Review: Second Life by S.J. Watson

‘We’re constantly changing facts, rewriting history to make things easier, to make them fit in with our preferred version of events. We do it automatically. We invent memories. Without thinking. If we tell ourselves something happened often enough we start to believe it, and then we can actually remember it.’ As a general rule, I don’t consider myself to be much of a crime or thriller fan, but seen as I enjoyed the last two I read so much (The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and Before I Go To… Read more »

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It’s NaNoWriMo time!

It’s NaNoWriMo time!

Well, it’s here! It’s officially the 1st of November, and the first day of National Novel Writing Month 2016, or NaNoWriMo for short. All around the world writers will be starting out their novels with the aim of reaching 50,000 words by the end of November, and this year I’m one of them! My last attempt at NaNo was in 2014, where I managed 42,000 words, so I’m crossing my fingers that this year will be my year, and I’ll finally hit that 50,000 word target! Instead of starting a… Read more »

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My Top 10 Book Friendships

My Top 10 Book Friendships

As far as relationships go in books, it’s the romantic ones that get most of the attention. Who doesn’t love a spot of romance after all? Or when those two characters you’ve shipped for so long finally get it together! However, I personally think that some of the most interesting and most heart-warming relationships in books are actually the friendships, so I thought I’d give them a little love in this post by sharing some of my absolute favourites! So what are your favourite bookish friendships? Here is my top… Read more »

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Life Lately #3

Life Lately #3

Life: It seems like so long since I’ve done one of these posts! Probably because whilst things have been pretty hectic recently, it hasn’t been for any particularly interesting reason. Work has just been crazy due to us being super understaffed, and I’ve been busy trying to sort out moving in with my boyfriend. Whilst it’ll be lovely when we’re all moved in and sorted, actually finding somewhere and dealing with all the boring, admin stuff is just such a pain! Not to mention Christmas is now creeping up on… Read more »

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Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

‘It wasn’t a very likely place for disappearances, at least at first glance.’ Warning: Minor spoilers. Outlander is another of those books that has been on my TBR list since forever (I seem to say this in every single book review!), but it was bumped up to the top after a discussion with my friend who had read it, that left me intrigued.  Outlander (originally published as Cross Stitch) tells the story of Claire Randall, who whilst on a second honeymoon in the Highlands with her husband Frank (in 1945) walks into a… Read more »

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5 Early Signs That I’m Not Going To Like A Book

5 Early Signs That I’m Not Going To Like A Book

With some books, it’s love at first page: the very first sentence has your pulse racing, and you find yourself on a rollercoaster ride of emotion from start to finish. Others are like an old, faithful friend and make you feel all warm and nostalgic inside, whilst others are like that fun acquaintance you like hanging out with when you’re in just the right mood. And others…well, there’s books out there that you start and just immediately think, ‘me and you really aren’t going to get on!’ I like to think… Read more »

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NaNoWriMo Prep (and WIP Extracts!)

NaNoWriMo Prep (and WIP Extracts!)

November is on the horizon, and this year I’ve decided to try NaNoWriMo again! Hooray! Although to be honest I’m kind of cheating… Rather than starting a brand new novel for NaNoWriMo I’m planning to use it to try and write another 50,000 words of my currently stalled WIP. As I’ve already written about 25,000 words, I think this would take me almost to the end of the first draft (although I guess I don’t know quite how long it’s going to be yet?), and as a serial quitter it… Read more »

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