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Life Lately #25

Life Lately #25

This month has been a month of catching up with people! Seen as my boyfriend has been working the past few Saturdays, I’ve spent them seeing friends I haven’t seen in a while, and hanging out with my sister. One of my catch-ups was at the start of the month, where I met up with a friend at a really nice little cafe. I got some amazing macaroni cheese there, with some of the best garlic bread I’ve ever had (it was basically just crusty bread buttered with garlic butter!), which is pretty crazy giving how much garlic bread I eat!… Read more »

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Rereading Harry Potter: ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’

Rereading Harry Potter: ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’

Warning: Spoilers for the Harry Potter series. Onto one of my favourite Harry Potter books: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! If you’ve missed any of my ‘Rereading Harry Potter’ posts you can catch up here: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire But now, let’s talk about the fifth book! My Thoughts Whilst Rereading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Harry giving everyone sass! Harry takes quite a turn in this book…literally in the first couple of chapters, everyone is falling victim to his… Read more »

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6 Inspiring Quotes from ‘Wild’ by Cheryl Strayed

6 Inspiring Quotes from ‘Wild’ by Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed’s book Wild: From Lost To Found is a book I’ve been meaning to read for so long… I’d heard a lot about how inspiring and uplifting it was, and when I read it recently I was pleased to find that it was all that and so much more. For those who haven’t heard of Wild (which I suspect most people will have – it was made into a film with Reese Witherspoon in it several years ago!), it’s about 26 year old Cheryl Strayed’s journey hiking thousands of miles along the Pacific Crest Trail in an attempt to find herself and figure… Read more »

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How do you stay inspired?

How do you stay inspired?

Recently, I’ve just been feeling so uninspired. I’ve only really been posting once a week on here due to my lack of motivation, and reading itself has seemed a chore at times. Plus my novel writing has yet again ground to a halt: it literally feels like every time I say ‘hey, my novel is going well!’, I’m bound to lose the plot almost immediately. I’m not even entirely sure what the problem is. Maybe it’s just because it’s been a stressful couple of weeks with one thing or another (job interviews, family stuff, life decision stuff, etc.), or maybe it’s… Read more »

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Why do some books take so long to read?

Why do some books take so long to read?

At a glance, this may seem like a pretty stupid question: Why do some books take so long to read? Well, some books are longer than others Laura, I hear you say. Some have more pages and more words and it means they take longer to read. But is it just me who finds that the length of a book doesn’t always determine how long it’s going to take me to read it? There are some ridiculously long books I’ve breezed through in days (Words of Radiance at a whopping 1088 pages took me all of a few days), whilst some shorter… Read more »

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Five Reasons To Read The Classics

Five Reasons To Read The Classics

So here it is: the fourth and final post in my ‘Five Reasons To Read…’ series all about my favourite genres! If you’ve missed any, why not check out my posts on Historical Fiction, Fantasy and YA? In my last post I talked about why people of all ages should be reading YA, and touched on book snobbery, where certain supposedly ‘high-brow’ readers seem to think that reading genre or YA fiction doesn’t count as ‘real reading’. This is of course, absolute nonsense! However in this post I wanted to talk about how things can also go the other way… Read more »

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Writers: How do you stick with one idea?

Writers: How do you stick with one idea?

I’ve been writing since I was very young: I can remember sitting at the kitchen table as a child scribbling away in brightly coloured exercise books, inventing my own worlds and imagining strange races of beings (most of which were oddly reminiscent of the Elves from Lord of the Rings). When I got a bit older I carried on, progressing to tapping out my stories on the family computer in the living room, filling up the My Documents folder with my increasingly more varied tales. These days I’m still at it, sitting at my little desk, which has now moved with me three… Read more »

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Life Lately #1

Life Lately #1

Lots of bloggers seem to do weekly or monthly updates on life, blogging and reading (I know the Sunday Post is a popular one), and as an incredibly nosey person, I always enjoy reading them! I kind of wanted to start doing some kind of update post myself just to share what I’m currently reading, and what I’m currently up to, but I’m neither interesting enough to have something new to say every week, or organised enough to set up a post on the same day each week. So I’ve decided to just do random life/reading/writing update posts in a… Read more »

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Bookish Fashion

Bookish Fashion

Back when I was in high school, I was a pretty wild dresser. Emo fashion was in its heyday and I was a big fan, so I would commonly be seen sporting shredded jeans and stripey tights, not to mention band t shirts and brightly coloured ties (yes, I apparently thought I was Avril Lavigne). I don’t know what happened in the years that followed, but my sense of fashion seemed to calm down a lot and even slip into the mundane. I have always remained slightly alternative (I still have the crazy hair colours!), but my uniform had pretty… Read more »

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It’s my second Blogiversary!

It’s my second Blogiversary!

I can’t believe it! Another year has gone by, and Boats Against The Current turns two today! When I started out blogging I was kind of doubtful as to whether or not I’d actually manage to stick with it (I’m a bit of a serial hobbyist!), so I’m pretty pleased that two years later I’m still going. I started this blog just after finishing university to have some kind of creative outlet whilst I wondered what to do next with my life, but it’s proven to be so much more than that! I’ve met some lovely people through blogging who… Read more »

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