Bookish Fashion

Bookish Fashion

Back when I was in high school, I was a pretty wild dresser. Emo fashion was in its heyday and I was a big fan, so I would commonly be seen sporting shredded jeans and stripey tights, not to mention band t shirts and brightly coloured ties (yes, I apparently thought I was Avril Lavigne). I don’t know what happened in the years that followed, but my sense of fashion seemed to calm down a lot and even slip into the mundane. I have always remained slightly alternative (I still… Read more »

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Review: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Review: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

‘Arin wondered if she would lift her eyes, but wasn’t worried he would be seen in the garden’s shadows. He knew the law of such things: people in brightly lit places cannot see into the dark.’ A couple of weeks ago I published a blog post about just how crazy my physical TBR pile had become, and I asked readers to suggest which book I should tackle next. The one that seemed to come up the most in the comments was The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski, so I decided it was… Read more »

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Bloggers: Do you get ‘comment guilt’?

Bloggers: Do you get ‘comment guilt’?

As a blogger, I absolutely adore getting comments! There’s no better feeling than knowing that someone has connected with something you’ve written enough to take the time to respond and start a conversation with you, and I really do appreciate every single comment that I get. That’s why sometimes I feel bad because it seems to take me so long to get round to replying! I see some bloggers who get a lot more comments than I do who seem to get to them the same day, yet it can… Read more »

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5 Reasons To Read Fantasy

5 Reasons To Read Fantasy

It’s been a couple of weeks since the first post in my blog series highlighting some of my favourite genres (5 Reasons To Read Historical Fiction), so I thought it was time I did another. Today I’m talking about my all time favourite genre fantasy, and why I think you should read it if you don’t already. And if you do already read fantasy I’d love to hear what you love most about it in the comments! So here are 5 Reasons To Read Fantasy: Escapism. Lets face it, life… Read more »

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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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