Category: Discussions

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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8 Sequels I Still Haven’t Read

8 Sequels I Still Haven’t Read

The other day I was scrolling through my ‘Want To Read’ list on Goodreads, when I noticed something: I am terrible at finishing series. So many of my ‘Want to Read’ books are sequels that I fully intend to read some day. I used to binge read series once I found one that I loved, but I’ve realised that I don’t seem to do that any more. I prefer a break between books in the same series, and perhaps that’s why I’ve ended up leaving so many series hanging? I feel like I have more of an ‘out of sight, out of… Read more »

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Do you like duologies?

Do you like duologies?

Is it me, or have duologies suddenly become a thing? Whilst trilogies and longer series have always been very popular, two-book series aren’t something I’d really come across until recently, certainly not in traditionally series-led genres like YA and Fantasy. In fact, I’d never even heard the word ‘duology’ until recently, and now I’m seeing them all over the place! The first one I can remember reading was Leigh Bardugo’s incredible Six of Crows duology back in December 2016/January 2017. I had assumed the books were the first two in what would eventually be a trilogy when I began reading Six of Crows, and… Read more »

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5 Skills I’ve Improved Through Blogging

5 Skills I’ve Improved Through Blogging

Blogging is great fun and a really worthwhile thing to do if you want to share your interests with the world and find a community of like-minded people. Three-and-a-half years ago when I set up this website, all I wanted to do was get my message out there and share my story with the world, but I could never have foreseen the many other benefits. In fact, one of the biggest benefits I’ve found from blogging is the skills I’ve learnt or developed, many of which now come in useful in other areas of my life, and can even be… Read more »

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