Author: Laura

I’m closing Boats Against The Current and starting a new blog!

I’m closing Boats Against The Current and starting a new blog!

OK, so this is probably going to seem crazy, and very sudden, but after 6 years I’ve decided to close this blog, and start a new one. Have I gone completely mad, I hear you ask? Well, quite possibly! But I feel like this is the the right choice for me, and whilst I’m sad to leave this blog behind (not to mention the six years worth of content on here!), I’m really excited about my new one, and I’m happy I’ll get to remain a member of the blogging community. There’s a number of reasons I’m making this choice,… Read more »

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Book Recommendations by Colour

Book Recommendations by Colour

I’ve really been enjoying doing more book recommendation posts recently (check out my fantasy and historical fiction recs!), so I thought I’d do a fun post today where I recommend books based on the colour of the cover! I’m just basing this off the book covers I’m most familiar with and/or own, and I have to say, I was quite surprised by how easy it was to think of books for some colours, but hard for others. I knew black and white would both be easy, but who knew I liked so many yellow books?! And I was really surprised… Read more »

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Life Lately #47

Life Lately #47

Well, August is here, and it’s ridiculously hot here in the UK (well…for the UK anyway!)! I should be grateful it isn’t raining for once, but since I work outside, I’ve been really struggling with the heat. Especially as we’ve been really short staffed at the moment so I’ve been doing a lot of overtime. The sun is all well and good for a while, but after a few hours of walking around in it carrying heavy bags it gets a bit much (I’m a postwoman, in case you were wondering!). It kind of feels like I haven’t done much… Read more »

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Trope Time: Strong Female Protagonists

Trope Time: Strong Female Protagonists

Welcome to Trope Time, the blog series where I talk all about tropes: the good, the bad and the ugly! This is a bi-weekly series in which I take an in-depth look at various types of tropes, from character tropes, to world-building tropes and plot tropes. Today’s trope is an interesting one: the strong female protagonist. This trope seems to have become huge in YA fiction particularly, largely as a pushback against some of the more passive and ineffective heroines of the past (Bella Swan, I’m looking at you!). You know the kind of character I’m talking about: she likes… Read more »

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Camp NaNoWriMo 2020 Wrap-Up

Camp NaNoWriMo 2020 Wrap-Up

Well, Camp NaNoWriMo is over, and I didn’t win! I’m OK with that though, as I still managed a respectable 40,884 words of my 60,000 word goal, even after really struggling with this story. In my half-way post I said that I was going to have to rewrite the start of the book after going in the wrong direction with it, which I have thankfully now done! I copied and pasted several passages from my original draft (which I noted down and excluded from my Camp Nano word count), but I also completely rewrote a lot of scenes and thankfully,… Read more »

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Trope Time: Mentors

Trope Time: Mentors

Welcome to Trope Time, the blog series where I talk all about tropes: the good, the bad and the ugly! This is a bi-weekly series in which I take an in-depth look at various types of tropes, from character tropes, to world-building tropes and plot tropes. Today’s trope is actually more of an archetype: the mentor character. As one of the eight character types identified in the classic ‘hero’s journey’ story formula, they appear over and over again in books, TV shows and films, and can come in a huge variety of different types. However, the one thing they all… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘The Wolf of Oren-Yaro’ and ‘The Ruin of Kings’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Wolf of Oren-Yaro’ and ‘The Ruin of Kings’

I recently read two fantasy books that have been on my TBR list for a while, and I really enjoyed them. As much as I adore the fantasy genre, some of it came feel quite samey but both The Wolf of Oren-Yaro and The Ruin of Kings felt very unique! Check out my full reviews: The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso The marriage between Queen Talyien and Rayyel, the Ikessar heir, was supposed to bring peace to the fractured lands of Jin-Sayeng. However, when Rayyel flees before their reign can truly begin Talyien struggles to hold it together. When… Read more »

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Camp NaNoWriMo 2020: Mid Month Update

Camp NaNoWriMo 2020: Mid Month Update

We’re halfway through July 2020 Camp NaNoWriMo, and wow is it going badly! I’d hoped to repeat my feat from April where I wrote 60,000 words in a month, but I’m already thinking it’s not going to happen. And it isn’t through lack of time…I’ve been spending so much time on this new project, but it has turned out to be such a struggle! I’ve literally never had so much trouble getting into a project before: I’ve now written 23,802 words of it (21,295 words during Camp NaNoWriMo) and am pretty much going to have to scrap it all because… Read more »

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Trope Time: The Chosen One

Trope Time: The Chosen One

Welcome to Trope Time, the blog series where I talk all about tropes: the good, the bad and the ugly! I’m planning on doing this as a bi-weekly series in which I take an in-depth look at various types of tropes, from character tropes, to world-building tropes and plot tropes. So I hope you enjoy these posts, and if there’s any particular tropes you’d be interesting in seeing me cover, feel free to make suggestions in the comments! Today’s trope is a fantasy classic: the Chosen One. You know how it goes: they might just want to be an average… Read more »

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My Reading Recommendations: Historical Fiction

My Reading Recommendations: Historical Fiction

I’ve already posted my reading recommendations for my all time favourite genre – fantasy – so I thought it was about time I covered another of my favourite genres: historical fiction! I’ve always been something of a history nerd, so it really isn’t surprising that I love historical fiction, but I think there are so many great stories out there that you don’t even need to be overly interested in history to love historical fiction. Depending on the type of historical fiction you read they can be beautiful literary masterpieces, sweeping romances or epic tales of action and adventure. There’s… Read more »

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