Category: Discussions

9 Bookish Things To Do That Aren’t Reading

9 Bookish Things To Do That Aren’t Reading

I think we can all agree on one thing: reading is awesome. I’d happily spend hours and hours a day reading, and when I’m not reading, I like to do bookish things because books = happiness. So here are 9 bookish things you can that aren’t reading: Write your own book. It’s not necessarily the case that every reader wants to be a writer, but if you love reading stories there’s a good chance you may want to try writing your own at some point. Start a book blog. If you like reading, then I really can’t recommend book blogging… Read more »

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My Thoughts Before Rereading Harry Potter

My Thoughts Before Rereading Harry Potter

As a child, I was a big rereader. In fact, a good 50% of my reading was rereading old favourites, and chief among them was the Harry Potter series. Between waiting for the latest book to release I would reread the old ones, never wanting to be out of the Wizarding World for too long. However, I was thinking recently about how I hadn’t reread anything in years, and I couldn’t even remember the last time I read a Harry Potter book. As I got older the amount of rereading I did began to decrease as I discovered new books and found myself with an… Read more »

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Do you have real life bookish friends?

Do you have real life bookish friends?

Books are a huge part of my life, and always have been, so it was strange to come to the realisation recently that I don’t actually have many friends in real life who also like reading. In fact I only actually have one bookish friend who I know in real life…all the other bookworms I know are people I’ve met online, specifically from being a part of the book blogging world. My only real-life bookish friend is one of my very best friends though, which is how I know how awesome it is to have books in common with someone…. Read more »

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Long Chapters vs. Short Chapters

Long Chapters vs. Short Chapters

Chapters are an important part of a novel’s structure, as the way an author decides to split up their book can really affect our reading of it. For example, some books have short, punchy chapters that keep us turning the page, and saying, ‘just one more chapter!’ Whereas others want to keep us immersed for as long as possible and use great sprawling chapters to do this. Both approaches have their advantages and I think that really, it comes down to the individual book. I find that thrillers and action adventure books that are meant to be fast-paced benefit from… Read more »

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‘I’d love to read, if I had the time.’

‘I’d love to read, if I had the time.’

I’ve often found when talking to non-bookworms about my love of reading, they’ll come out with the statement ‘I’d love to read too, but I just don’t have time’, or something similar. And perhaps I’m being too sensitive, but I actually find this statement kind of insulting, and I’d love to know what other readers feel. We all have busy lives, but very few people have no free time at all, and what you choose to do with it is up to you. For example, on my lunch breaks at work, I choose to read my book, rather than chat… Read more »

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Where did your blog name come from?

Where did your blog name come from?

July is here, and therefore it’s officially my blogoversary month! Hooray! On the 20th it’ll be four years since I started Boats Against The Current, and it’s got me feeling all nostalgic about my blogging journey so far! One of the things I’ve been thinking about in particular recently is my blog name, and how I struggled so much in the beginning with coming up with something I liked, and fitted what I wanted this blog to be. I struggled so much that I find it pretty surprising that four years later I still love the name I finally settled… Read more »

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15 More Book Blog Post Ideas

15 More Book Blog Post Ideas

A while ago I wrote a post called 15 Book Blog Post Ideas, and it turned out to be one of my most popular posts ever. Lots of people said they found it useful, so I thought it was about time I went through my little notebook of blog post ideas and came up with a second edition! So here’s another 15 book blog post ideas: Who would you have at your author tea party? Are there any authors you’d just love to sit down and have a cup of tea with? Who would you choose and why? Do you prefer… Read more »

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15 Bookstagram Prop Ideas (+ Bonus Background Ideas!)

15 Bookstagram Prop Ideas (+ Bonus Background Ideas!)

So recently I’ve been on Instagram a lot more, and I’ve been really enjoying getting more creative with my photos, and seeing what other people are doing. One thing that seems to make or break a good bookstagram photo is the props used, whether you use lots, or a select few (I’m pretty minimalist with mine, but some people have tonnes of props in their photos!). So I thought I’d do a quick list of some prop ideas that I’ve either seen, or used myself, in case you’re looking for some new ideas for your photos! Of course, you don’t… Read more »

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Do you have a favourite book?

Do you have a favourite book?

Do you have one book, that you could categorically say is your favourite book? It’s a question that comes up a lot when you tell a non-reader that you’re a reader: “oh, so what’s your favourite book?” Aside from the fact that this question usually causes me to forget every single book I’ve ever read in my life, I genuinely don’t think I could pick one favourite, even with a gun to my head (well…I guess I could lie to avoid getting shot, but still!). For non-readers ‘choosing a favourite book’ may seem like a simple thing – I mean,… Read more »

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How To Deal With Feeling Unmotivated

How To Deal With Feeling Unmotivated

We all have those days we had big plans for – we were going to write a blog post and a chapter of our novel, and clean the car – that we ended up spending in our pyjamas, binge-watching shows on Netflix. I mean, sometimes we have whole months like that because motivation can be a fickle thing. Sometimes you’re feeling it, and sometimes you’re just not. So what do you do when you feel unmotivated but have tonnes of stuff you need, or really want to do? Well, here’s a few tips for dealing with lack of motivation (something I’ve been… Read more »

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