Category: Discussions

Why do we love anti-heroes?

Why do we love anti-heroes?

These days we love anti-heroes in all of their shades-of-grey glory, with everything from books, to tv shows and even movies showing a tendency towards darker and more dubious heroes and heroines. Anti-heroes may have been around for a long time – you only have to look at Shakespeare’s Macbeth and the Byronic heroes of the Brontë sisters to see… Read more »

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How To Make Time To Read

How To Make Time To Read

So many non-readers like to say they would read ‘if they had the time’, as if us bookworms just somehow have more hours in the day, or less to do. However, we all have busy lives and lots of things to do, it’s perhaps just that us readers have a few more little tricks for fitting reading into our day (because… Read more »

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How Blogging Improves Your Writing

How Blogging Improves Your Writing

In my two and a half years of blogging, I’ve learnt so much about so many things: I’ve learnt how to use social media and Wordpress, how to design a blog, how to take and edit photos, and I now know what the acronyms TBR, ARC and DNF mean (vital life skills right there!). But more than anything blogging has allowed me… Read more »

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My Favourite Bookish Couples

My Favourite Bookish Couples

So tomorrow is Valentine’s Day – the day of love, or unnecessary consumerism, depending on your view – and I thought I’d do a little love-related post in its’ honour! So here are the bookish couples I’ve ‘loved’ the most (see what I did there?): Red and Sorcha from Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier Daughter of the Forest was one of… Read more »

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What makes you care about a character?

What makes you care about a character?

Have you ever read a book that had an incredible plot, perfect pacing and epic world-building, but somehow it just wasn’t doing it for you? Most of the time when that happens to me, it comes down to one thing: I just don’t care about the main character. Caring about the main character in a book is so important, because after all, why… Read more »

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What’s your preferred length of book?

What’s your preferred length of book?

Recently I was thinking about some of my favourite books and series, and I suddenly realised that most of them are really, really long books! Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix for example is my favourite HP book, and that clocks up to an epic 766 pages! Similarly The Lord of the Rings is several thousands of pages long collectively, George R.R. Martin’s books… Read more »

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The Best Books I’ve Received As Gifts

The Best Books I’ve Received As Gifts

Buying books as a gift for bookworms is both easy and incredibly difficult: easy, because you know they love books, but difficult, because they probably already have so many and us bookworms often have very particular tastes! These days I more often tend to get book vouchers if someone wants to buy me a bookish gift, and that’s just fine by… Read more »

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Are you a serial hobbyist?

Are you a serial hobbyist?

Over my lifetime, I’ve had a fair share of wide ranging (and sometimes unusual) hobbies, the only two of which I’ve ever really stuck with being reading and writing. I don’t know what it is about me, but I have a tendency to suddenly become super excited about a random new hobby, and then drop it just as quickly when… Read more »

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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 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… Read more »

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