6 Easy Crafts To Try

6 Easy Crafts To Try

I’ve always adored arts and crafts and making things, and have done ever since I was a kid…the only problem is that I’m not naturally very good at it. Despite my best efforts, I don’t have that natural talent for arty things that a lot of people have (and I’m super jealous of people who do!), and so I often fall to fairly ‘easy’ crafts so that I get the satisfaction of having made something cool, without the frustration. Things like crocheting and knitting, for example, are things I’ve tried but that require altogether too much patience (and hand coordination!)… Read more »

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Life Lately #22

Life Lately #22

It’s been a scorching hot June here in the UK, and it looks like the warm weather is going to continue through July. In fact, I think it’s supposed to be a month-long heatwave! I always start out by enjoying the warm weather, but after a while I find it starts to get a bit much, especially when I’m at work and having to wear a uniform that includes three layers, and involves standing by industrial ovens. I’ve been trying to make the most of it though in the evenings when it’s been slightly cooler. I’ve been sitting out on… 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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Camp NaNoWriMo with a twist!

Camp NaNoWriMo with a twist!

I seem to have turned into a bit of a NaNoWriMo addict…I already did Camp NaNoWriMo back in April, where I wrote 30,000 words of my novel, and now I’m all signed up to do it again! I just find it a really great way to motivate me to write more, and although it’s tough, I really enjoy doing it. So I’m here again, but this time, I thought I’d mix it up a bit and do something different. Rather than working on a novel, I’m going to try and write 30,000 words worth of short stories! I’m not sure… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Wonder Woman: Warbringer’ and ‘Queens of Fennbirn’

Mini Reviews: ‘Wonder Woman: Warbringer’ and ‘Queens of Fennbirn’

Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Queens of Fennbirn were two books I was super excited to read, because both were by authors I already loved. I ended up loving one, but being slightly disappointed by the other, so read on to find out more! Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo ‘Sisters in battle, I am shield and blade to you. As I breathe, your enemies will know no sanctuary. While I live, your cause is mine.’ Diana, Princess of the Amazons, is desperate to prove herself to her sisters, all of whom have past lives as famous warriors. However, when an opportunity to be truly heroic… 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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10 Inspiring Reads

10 Inspiring Reads

Looking back over my Goodreads ‘Read’ shelf recently I realised I’ve read a lot of non-fiction over the last year or so, and so many of them have been super inspiring and interesting. I don’t seem to talk much on this blog about non-fiction though, so I thought it was about time I devoted a post to the genre, and shared some of the most inspiring books I’ve read! So here are 10 inspiring reads: #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso From shoplifting teenager to the CEO of a fashion empire, Sophia Amoruso’s story is incredibly inspiring. Sophia is the ultimate proof… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Defy the Stars’ and ‘Defy the Worlds’

Mini Reviews: ‘Defy the Stars’ and ‘Defy the Worlds’

This year I seem to be having a major science fiction kick, and have read so many great space opera style books! For example, a while ago I read and reviewed Revenger by Alastair Reynolds and The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, and I absolutely adored both of them. And now I’ve read the first two books in Claudia Gray’s Constellation series – Defy the Stars and Defy the Worlds – and have really enjoyed them too (and am now anxiously awaiting the third book!). Check out my reviews below for more info! Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray ”Your soul is bigger than your programming.”… Read more »

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Life Lately #21

Life Lately #21

Is it just me who’s baffled by the fact it’s now June? Where has the year gone? How we are we almost halfway through already? May in particular has been quite a busy month for me, which you can probably tell from the scarcity of posts on this blog recently. Hopefully I’ll do better in June, but it could potentially be a busy month too! I was really happy to get to catch up with some friends I haven’t seen in a while this month. I met up with one of them for coffee and cake the other day, and… 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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