Blog Makeover!

Blog Makeover!

So, as you may have noticed, Boats Against The Current has a had a little bit of a makeover! I was a little bored with the whole minimalist black, white and odd bit of hard-to-read green thing, so decided to go for something a bit more colourful (I must just be feeling colourful this week – I also dyed my hair pink!). As my technical knowledge of blog design is exactly zero, I decided to take the easy route, and got this pretty theme off Etsy! I’ve also rewritten part… Read more »

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Where My Love of Reading Began

Where My Love of Reading Began

My Mum always tells me about how as a baby I would sit for ages with my little books and hold them really close to my face and jabber away like I was actually reading them (the close to my face thing turned out to be long-sightedness – I have worn glasses since I was 3!). Even before I could read, I wanted to read, and I subsequently learnt at a pretty young age. In fact, I remember the first book I ever read from start to finish all by… Read more »

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National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month

Yesterday, on what was admittedly a bit of a whim, I signed up for National Novel Writing Month (often known as NaNoWriMo). As most people in the writing world will know, NaNoWriMo happens every November, and is a challenge in which writers try and write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. That averages out at around 1667 words a day! Whilst I have heard about it before, it had never really crossed my mind to actually do it! 50,000 words in a month? Crazy! But maybe I was brainwashed… Read more »

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Film Review: The Fault In Our Stars

Film Review: The Fault In Our Stars

Warning: Spoilers. As a general rule, I’m pretty sceptical about book to film adaptations: from previous experience, I very rarely like the film as much, and don’t think I’ve ever actually preferred a film. For that reason, I was a little dubious about watching the film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars, as I absolutely adore John Green’s novel! However, I have to say, I was actually pleasantly surprised by the film! I felt that it was in most cases, very nearly as good as the book (and that… Read more »

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Wish List: Penguin Deluxe Edition Classics

Wish List: Penguin Deluxe Edition Classics

Now, I know they say not to judge a book by its cover, but if you had the choice between the edition of Jane Eyre on the left, or the one on the right, which would you pick? Personally, I’d pick the one of the right! The other day in Waterstones, my eye was caught by a table of some rather quirky editions of some of the classics – called Penguin Deluxe Editions – amongst which was this amazing copy of Jane Eyre. I’ll admit I pretty much wanted to… Read more »

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Review: Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Review: Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel

‘A gentleman asked me, if this is what Cromwell does to the cardinal’s lesser enemies, what will he do by and by to the king himself?’ Warning: Spoilers (although if you know anything about Tudor history, you will already know the ending anyway!). A little while ago I reviewed Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize winning Wolf Hall, and loved it so much I gave it a 5/5! I now regret that, and not because I have decided I didn’t like the book as much as I originally thought, but because… Read more »

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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

I was recently nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award by Tika from Fangirl Confessions and Noelia from A Day in Bookland, so thank you so much to both of you! Here are the rules: 1. Thank the blogger that nominated you, and link back to their site. 2. Post the award’s logo onto your blog. 3. Answer the 10 questions you’ve been asked. 4. Nominate 10 bloggers. 5. Set 10 new questions for your nominees. So here goes!

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3 Tips to Increase Writing Productivity

3 Tips to Increase Writing Productivity

Very few writers/bloggers/authors are lucky enough to be able to write full time: many have day jobs, or have kids, or other responsibilities, and have to simply fit their writing in when they can. I, for example, have recently quit my second part time job and have gone full time at my first, meaning I have considerably less time to devote to my writing. Therefore, when I do write, I like to get the most done in that time possible! So here are just a few tips and tricks I have… Read more »

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I Guest Posted!

Just a quick post today! For anyone who missed it yesterday, I guest posted over at Oh, the Books! about the pros and cons of ebooks, so if you’re interested, you can check it out here: Ebook vs Book. A massive thank you to Asti, Kelley and Leanne for letting me guest post on their blog!  

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Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

‘”Oh, Clary. Oh, thank God.” A sharp prickle of alarm ran up Clary’s spine. Her mother sounded panicked. “Listen to me-“ “It’s all right, Mom. I’m fine. I’m on my way home-“ “No!” Terror scraped Jocelyn’s voice raw. “Don’t come home! Do you understand me Clary? Don’t you dare come home.’ Warning: Spoilers I know that the Mortal Instruments books are incredibly popular, but I’ll admit, I’ve been avoiding them for ages! The first I heard about them was the release of the movie trailer, and it completely put me… Read more »

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