Category: Discussions

Rereading Harry Potter: ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’

Rereading Harry Potter: ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’

Warning: Spoilers for the ‘Harry Potter’ series. This is the second post in my ‘Reading Harry Potter’ series, and this time we’re talking about Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets! Check out my post on Philosopher’s Stone here if you missed it! My Thoughts Whilst Rereading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Dursley update… …they’re still hilariously awful! Their rehearsal of the dinner party where Vernon is hoping to make a big sale of drills is pretty funny (as well as insanely cringey!), some of the finer moments including Dudley planning to tell the unfortunate Mr Mason ‘We had to write an… Read more »

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How To Deal With Blogger Envy

How To Deal With Blogger Envy

Jealousy is an ugly emotion, but let’s face it: we’ve all felt it. It’s a perfectly natural emotion, which has only been intensified by modern society’s addiction to the internet. We spend our lives browsing through other people’s highlight reels – their beautiful holiday snaps and gushy enagagement announcements – and it makes us feel insecure about our own lives. And for us bloggers, who spend a lot of our time online, this emotion can be multiplied tenfold: perhaps you just read another blogger’s post that was so good you wish you could have written it, or they have a… Read more »

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15 Blog Post Ideas For Writers

15 Blog Post Ideas For Writers

In the past I’ve done a couple of blog post ideas posts for book bloggers, and they’ve always proved popular, because let’s face it: who doesn’t need a little inspiration every now and then? However, since I also blog about writing, I thought it was about time I did an edition aimed at writers! So here are 15 blog post ideas for writers: Why do you write? Everyone has their own reasons why they write, whether it’s a form of therapy for them, a creative outlet, or it’s their lifelong dream to be a published author and share their stories… Read more »

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Rereading Harry Potter: ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’

Rereading Harry Potter: ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’

Warning: Spoilers for the ‘Harry Potter’ series. So the other day I did a post about how I was going to reread the Harry Potter series for the first time in years. In that post I promised updates after reading each book, so here is the first of many! My Thoughts Whilst Rereading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone I had completely forgotten the bit before Dumbledore and co. arrive on Privet Drive! I don’t know why, but I always remembered the book as starting with McGonagall sitting in cat form on Privet Drive when Dumbledore arrives and starts putting out the lights. I completely… Read more »

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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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