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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Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

‘No more Internet. No more social media, no more scrolling through litanies of dreams and nervous hopes and photographs of lunches, cries for help and expressions of contentment and relationship-status updates with heart icons whole or broken…’ I picked up Station Eleven on a bit of a whim the other week in Waterstones. The clashing orange font on white background caught my eye, and the blurb said something about the apocalypse and Shakespeare, so I was pretty much sold (who wouldn’t be intrigued by Shakespeare + the apocalypse?). The novel opens with a famous actor, Arthur Leander, having a heart… Read more »

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Two Books That Helped Kick-Start My Creativity

Two Books That Helped Kick-Start My Creativity

Recently, I’ve been feeling kind of uninspired in regards to my writing. I’ve been just about managing to stump up a couple of blog posts a week, but haven’t really done much in the way of fiction, or any non-blog related project, which considering one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to write more, is not great. So what did I do in order to kick-start my creativity? I did what any bookworm would do and consulted with Amazon! Well, I went on there and bought a couple of books of writing exercises anyway!

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Book Bloggers International

Just a quick post today! Yesterday I was featured over at Book Bloggers International – a great site devoted to connecting book bloggers all over the world – so if you want to check it out, you can do so here. If you haven’t already visited Book Bloggers International then it’s definitely a great place to have a browse and find some lovely new blogs, and read some really interesting guest posts! Anyway, I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

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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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Review: The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

Review: The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

‘Say farewell to bondage! But say farewell also to ease! Say farewell to the weak! Say farewell to your treasures! More still shall we make. Journey light: but bring with you your swords! For we will go further than Oromë, endure longer than Tulkas: we will never turn back from pursuit. After Morgoth to the ends of the Earth!’ I pretty much owe my entire love of the fantasy genre to J.R.R. Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings – the rich, intriguing world of Middle Earth capturing my imagination from a young age. Little did I know that the… 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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My Top Ten ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ Characters

My Top Ten ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ Characters

Warning: This post contains some spoilers for later books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series – although any up-to-date Game of Thrones viewers should be fine! It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin, and one of the things I love most about it is how well-developed, complex and believable the characters are, despite the series having one of the largest casts of characters of any other fantasy series. So here I decided to do a list of my ten favourites, complete with their… 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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