Category: Discussions

What are your favourite social networks?

What are your favourite social networks?

I’ll be the first person to admit that social media isn’t my natural forte. Prior to starting a blog, the only social media account I had was a personal Facebook account gathering dust somewhere in the recesses of the internet, and I had no real interest in changing that (which is kind of odd for a twenty-one-year-old, but whatever!). That was until I started blogging. As much as I wanted to avoid social media (not because I disliked it – just because I had no idea how to use it!) my abysmal blog stats soon made it clear that no… Read more »

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How To Clear Out Your Book Collection

How To Clear Out Your Book Collection

Recently I embarked upon a task that puts Frodo’s little trip to Mordor to shame: a clear out. The reason? I’m finally becoming a grown-up and moving into a flat with my friend and my little sister, and from now on will be paying rent and council tax, doing a ‘big shop’ and collecting Tesco Clubcard points with the rest of the adults! Wahoo! Whilst this is a pretty exciting life event, it has meant having to go through, cut down and pack up the twelve years worth of stuff I have accumulated since we moved into our current house…. Read more »

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What makes a good fantasy world?

What makes a good fantasy world?

My all time favourite genre has to be fantasy, and one of the things I love most about it is its otherworldliness. Reading for me, and I suspect most other bookworms, is a form of escapism, and there’s no better way to escape than to go to a completely different world! The other day I was thinking about fantasy worlds and some of the most famous examples – Middle Earth, Narnia, Westeros etc. – and started to wonder what it is that makes them so captivating. What is it that makes a fantasy world seem as if it could actually… Read more »

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Writers/Bloggers: How do you record your ideas?

Writers/Bloggers: How do you record your ideas?

Anyone who has ever done any form of writing will know that ideas can come at any time, and anywhere. Apparently inspiration doesn’t care about convenience, and may elude you when you sit down at your desk to write, yet strike when you’re busy paying for your double cheeseburger meal in McDonalds (true story!). Therefore it’s essential that writers have some way of recording and collecting their ideas, because unfortunately even the most inspired of ideas can disappear just as quickly as it came!

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Stereotypes of Bookworms

Stereotypes of Bookworms

Unfortunately we live in a world where people constantly make assumptions about others based on everything from the clothes they wear, to the way they talk, the company they keep, and even the pastimes they enjoy. As much as we would like to think we don’t do this, we all do – after all, it’s human nature to want to label and compartmentalise others. However, when it happens to you it can be pretty annoying, and even hurtful, which leads me on to the topic of this discussion post – stereotypes of people who read for pleasure. AKA, the bookworm.

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The Pros and Cons of Blogging for Introverts

The Pros and Cons of Blogging for Introverts

One of the things I love most about the blogging world is the wide range of people who inhabit it: these days literally anyone with access to the internet can start a blog and share their interests and personality with the world, whether they are naturally outspoken, or on the quieter side. As someone who is personally very introverted, sharing my interests with people in real life is not something that comes naturally. In social situations, I tend to feel uncomfortable and am more inclined to listen than to speak, and a good night in with a book sounds a… Read more »

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The Most Annoying Character Traits

The Most Annoying Character Traits

One thing that can completely ruin a book for me is annoying characters, and there are certain character traits that just make me want to scream. Therefore, I decided to make a list of the character traits that annoy me most, and I’d love to know yours! Excessive self-involvement One sure-fire way to make me put down a book? Have it written in the first person and basically read like this: me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me…and you get the idea with that. Excessive self-involvement is one of… Read more »

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Can a non-reader become a reader?

Can a non-reader become a reader?

My sister is my best friend, and we’re alike in so many ways. We both have the same taste in music and drive around everywhere belting out our favourites. We’re the same size and have the same taste in clothes and may as well have a joint wardrobe. We both love going to the cinema, ice-skating and trips to Tesco ‘for a couple of bits’ where we actually spend an obscene amount of money on what amounts to a whole load of rubbish. We even hang out with the same people and look so similar people often think we’re twins… Read more »

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What has blogging taught you?

What has blogging taught you?

Six months ago this week, I launched Boats Against The Current (which makes it sound like I set out on a long, arduous sea journey – I actually just started a blog!) and entered the big wide world of book blogging. Back then, I had no idea just how big or wide a world the book blogosphere was, and so becoming a part of it has been pretty incredible! Prior to that, I had toyed with the idea of starting a blog for a couple of years, ever since doing a module for Creative Writing at university about Creative Non-fiction… Read more »

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What genres don’t you read?

What genres don’t you read?

On the whole, I’d say I’m a pretty varied reader: I’ll read anything from literary fiction and the classics to sci-fi, fantasy, historical and YA fiction. Yet there are a select few genres I rarely if ever, explore, whether that’s consciously or not, and I’d be really interested to know what genres other people don’t read and why! Once again I should probably do a bit of a disclaimer – these are just genres I don’t personally enjoy, and I’m in no way intending to offend anyone if they do like these genres! So here goes! Crime Fiction This is… Read more »

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