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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3 Writing Rules You Should Break

3 Writing Rules You Should Break

In fiction writing, there are a few generally agreed rules that anyone who has ever done any kind of Creative Writing course will have probably had drilled into them. But are these ‘rules’ really set in stone? Or are they more like the Pirate Code (well, the one in Pirates of the Caribbean anyway), and more a set of guidelines really? Well here’s three writing rules that I personally think are more guidelines, and are fine to break sometimes (and I’d love to know what you think!): Write what you know. As much as I’m sure C.S. Lewis was forever… Read more »

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What do you look for in a book blog?

What do you look for in a book blog?

So I’d love to know when you discover a new blog, what is it that makes you (or stops you) clicking that ‘follow’ button? I follow a lot of blogs but I definitely have my own criteria of what I am looking for which I use to not only decide whether or not to follow other blogs but to decide what to post on my own. For example, I personally like when blogs don’t do too many reviews, so I try not to do too many reviews on my own blog. But then, of course, there’s the problem that ‘not… Read more »

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Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

‘We don’t know what’s happened out there since they put us in here, or how many generations have lived and died since they did. We could be the last people left. “It doesn’t matter,” I say, more sternly than I mean to. “It doesn’t matter what’s out there, we have to see it for ourselves.”‘ It’s been quite a while since I read Divergent and Insurgent, and if I’m honest, I’ve kind of been putting off reading Allegiant, the last book in the trilogy. Whilst I loved Divergent, I found Insurgent to be a little, well, ‘meh’ I guess, and… Read more »

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What Makes A Character Believable?

What Makes A Character Believable?

I think everyone has read one of those books that in theory, should be great: it has an interesting concept, a good plot, a killer twist, skilful world-building if it’s sci-fi or fantasy… but for some reason, something about it just doesn’t click. Although it should be right up your street, it just doesn’t do it for you. One of the biggest reasons I find for this when it happens is the characters: if they just aren’t convincing then how am I ever going to enjoy reading about them? Even in fantasy and sci-fi where a suspension of belief is required… Read more »

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New Year’s Resolutions 2015

New Year’s Resolutions 2015

I’m back! I hope you all had a great Christmas, and are looking forward to the start of 2015! In a way, I’m kind of sad to say goodbye to 2014, as it has been a pretty big year for me. The main event was of course graduating from university and entering the ‘real world’ after 17 years in education. I now work full time, and it has been a pretty big transition from ‘student’ to ‘adult’. 2014 was also the year I finally pursued my writing further, starting this blog and guest posting on another blog. In terms of… Read more »

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I’m Participating in the 2015 Book Blog Discussion Challenge!

I’m Participating in the 2015 Book Blog Discussion Challenge!

So, I have just signed up to participate in the 2015 Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight! As one of my New Year’s resolutions was going to be to write more discussion posts anyway, I thought this would be a great challenge to take part in, and as I’ve never done a blog challenge before, I’m pretty excited! I’m hoping to do a discussion post at least every other week in the New Year, alternating it with book reviews, so we’ll see how that goes. If you feel like taking… Read more »

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Film Review – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Film Review – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

As the final film in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, and what is most likely his last jaunt into the world of Middle Earth, I really, really wanted to love this film when I went to see it on Friday night. Both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit have generally been exempt from my usual disdain for book to film adaptations (despite being based on some of my favourite books) and contrary to popular opinion amongst many die-hard Tolkien fans, I have actually enjoyed Peter Jackson’s extending of The Hobbit story – a few hundred page book – into a great… Read more »

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