July Reading Wrap Up

I had quite a slow reading month to be honest. I’ve been too preoccupied with CampNaNoWriMo to really do much reading. What I did read though I enjoyed for the most part. I was a little disappointed with Very Good Lives, I would not have brought that for the £10 they want for it, thankfully I only spent £5 on it so it wasn’t too bad. I think I was expecting something more from it than what I got so I could only give it three stars.

I am quite proud of myself for finishing my first book on writing. If you are interested in fiction writing then I really recommend Bird by Bird. It educated me about a few things while making me laugh at the same time. It didn’t read like a textbook at all and the chapters were just the right length that I never got bored.

I managed to catch up with all of the manga that has been released for SAO now so you won’t be seeing that again anytime soon and I carried on reading Ouran High School Host Club, I have now completed my collection so I can binge read the rest whenever I want to.

Other than that it has been a very quiet month of writing. Below you can find the titles of the books I read this month and Goodreads links to them.


Sword Art Online: Phantom Bullet, Vol. 1  by  Reki Kawahara, Illustrated by Koutarou Yamada

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Sword Art Online: Aincrad, Vol. 1  (Light novel) by Reki Kawahara

Very good Lives

Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. Rowling 

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Ouran High School Host Club, Vol. 13  by Bisco Hatori

Ouran High School Host Club, Vol. 14 by Bisco Hatori

Bird by Bird

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

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Ouran High School Host Club, Vol. 15  by Bisco Hatori


Sword Art Online: Phantom Bullet, Vol. 2  by Reki Kawahara, Illustrated by Koutarou Yamada

Until Next Time,

Tori x


Book Shelf Tour #1

SAM_1969 (2)I’ve been wanting to do a bookshelf tour for quite a while but I haven’t seen many on here so it put me off a little but thinking about it if I want to do it then I should just go ahead and do it!

I have three bookshelves in my bedroom so I will be doing these separately, shelf by shelf so it will be a weekly feature. Once I have finished I will create a page and combine them all together for easy viewing.

I am going to start off with my main and oldest bookshelf. I apologise if some of the images are wonky and\or dark, it is a hard bookshelf to take pictures of.

The Bottom Shelf

I have a thing where my bottom shelves are either packed full of ugly books, books I don’t want to see or books I have no where else to put. As a result my bookshelf can sometimes be a little top heavy. I like being able to see my books!

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This isn’t the best picture so you can’t actually see all of the books but trust me you aren’t missing out on them. (Ignore the worm looking thing, it is Nagini from my Voldemort figurine.)

From left to right here is a list.

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The Poem and the Journey by Ruth Padel

I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett

Queer as Folk: Every Nine Seconds by Joseph Brockton

Nightlight: A Twilight Parody by The Harvard Lampoon

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A Storm of Swords, Part 1 Steel and Snow by George R.R. Martin

The Kill Order

The Scorch Trials

The Death Cure by James Dashner

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Half Bad by Sally Green

Fifty Shades Freed

Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James

The Fifty Shades books are actually my Mum’s. I’ve read the first one and rated it two stars and I don’t have any intentions to read the next two any time soon but she had me get them out from under my bed saying that she wanted to re-read them. She still hasn’t got around to it yet…

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Writing Fiction by Linda Anderson & Derek Neale

The Hunger Games

Catching Fire

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

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The Iron Hunt (Hunter Kiss #1)

Darkness Calls (#2)

A Wild Light (#3) by Marjorie M. Liu

The Heir of Night by Helen Lowe

These are all my sisters books and fun fact, annoying to me, my sister put the Hunter Kiss series out of order on my shelf and I didn’t notice until after I took the pictures. I don’t actually know what these are about but I’m including them anyway.

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Grave Sight (Harper Connelly #1)

Grave Surprise (#2)

An Ice Cold Grave (#3) by Charlaine Harris

Shadow Fall by Seressia Glass

… and she did the same with these!

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How to Train your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

Incarnate by Jodi Medows

Incarnate was a complete cover buy for me and I still haven’t read it. I feel so guilty about that so it has been shoved on the bottom shelf. How to Train Your Dragon is down there because it was bumped down by another book.

Well that is my bottom shelf! I hope you liked this look at my bookshelf and come back to see the next shelf next week.

Until Next Time,

Tori x

NaNoWriMo 2015 Update WEEK 1

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So I mentioned in my November TBR post at the beginning of the week that I was participating in National Novel Writing Month again. I tried last year and managed to get to 30,000 words before loosing my steam.

Last year I was continuing a novel that I had\have been writing for just over four years now (Remember, remember the 5th of November) but this year I have decided that it is time to try writing something completely different. Below is a list of all the things different to the aforementioned book:

Genre – Romance

I was writing a fantasy and I have focused on fantasy\romance fiction for a long time but I am shaking it up by writing a pure romance novel set in the real world (or as real as I want to make it).

Tense – Third Person

Normally I write in first person so it will be interesting to see if I can manage to write a book in third person. I’ve only wrote a little (as I write this) and it is a very big change. I have to catch myself from slipping back into first person. Thank goodness for editing!


Yeah, I didn’t plan this at all. I have a few character outlines to go by to make my life a little easier but aside from that I am writing this completely off the top of my head. I have an idea of where the story is going but how the characters get to that point is beyond me at this point in time. It will be interesting to see where the story and characters take me and if we end up at the point that i want them to be at. If they don’t then I’m curious to see where they’ll go.


As I said I’m setting this in the real world, my last story was in a world of my own creation so again it will be another challenge to work with real life places and ordinary people.

I’m basing this story in America. I’ve only ever been to Orlando, Florida so I need to research quite a lot, Geography research here I come!

So that’s all I’m going to say about the actual story at this point because I don’t want to give away the plot or what I’m writing about too much. I would love it if I could finish the first draft this month but I have a bad habit of re-reading it and editing it instead of actually writing so I’m hoping to shake this habit at some point this month.

Now on to the actual updates!


Day 1 – November 1st

  • Start:  0 words
  • Words Written Today 1,830
  • Finish:  1, 830 Words

Day 2 – November 2nd

  • Start:  1, 830 Words
  • Words Written Today1,710
  • Finish: 3, 540 Words

Day 3 – November 3rd

  • Start:  3,540 Words
  • Words Written Today – 1, 797 Words
  • Finish: 5, 337 Words

Day 4 – November 4th

  • Start:  5, 337 Words
  • Words Written Today:  1, 706 Words
  • Finish: 7, 043 Words

Day 5 – November 5th

  • Start:  7, 043 Words
  • Words Written Today: 1, 749 Words
  • Finish: 8, 792 Words

Day 6 – November 6th

  • Start: 8, 792 Words
  • Words Written Today:  2, 024 Words
  • Finish: 10, 816 Words

Day 7 – November 7th

  • Start: 10, 816 Words
  • Words Written Today:  1, 778 Words
  • Finish: 12, 594 Words 

TOTAL SO FAR: 12, 594 Words out of 50,000 Words

Amount Until I Finish: 37, 406 Words

How have you been doing for NaNoWriMo so far if you’re participating? I’d love to know.

Until next time,

Tori x 

NaNoWriMo and November TBR

It’s November and you know what that means. It’s time again for National Novel Writing Month. This of course means that my reading expectations are low and this TBR is going to be very small. I want to dedicate a lot of time to writing this month so I won’t have much time to read.

If you’re participating send me your profile link on here and we can be buddies 🙂 For anyone interested here is the link to my page: Tori_Barnett

Well now shall we get to talking about books? Again as I said this is going to be a short list and mostly comprising of books related to writing.

WonderBook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff VandermeerWonderbook

I’ve actually already started this, I brought this some time last year and to be perfectly honest I haven’t read much of it. What I have read is really good though so I hope to read some more, I’m not planning on finishing this book but I at least want to read some more of it.

Currently on PAGE 59 of 332

Writing Fiction by Linda Anderson and Derek Neale

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This was is a book I was meant to read for my Creative Writing class in university last year but never got around to. Again I have started this but not finished it. This is a short book but it is very text heavy and I don’t want to overload myself so I again don’t know if I’ll actually read this all the way through.

Currently on PAGE 28 of 216

Binge by Tyler Oakley


I’m currently reading this so I want to finish it this month. I can’t overload myself with writing this month so I do want to read some more light-hearted books as well as writing books.

Currently on PAGE 157 of 304

Rurouni Kenshin 3-in-1 Volume 5 by Nobuhiro Watsuki

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Again I’m currently reading this and I want to actually finish it this month. This is a manga and a re-read so it shouldn’t take long but it will be a nice relaxing reprieve from all the writing.

Currently on PAGE 256 of 568

There you have it. All of the books I might read this month. I’m not really planning on having a good reading month this month so some of my posts might be a little repetitive or I might just not post them if they’re the same as the week before. I might do a post about my NaNoWriMo progress instead.

I hope to see you on the NaNoWriMo website or on Twitter.

Good Luck!

Tori x

Daily Writing #1

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So I’ve been wanting to improve my writing for a long time and I have been doing so even if my blog writing isn’t as good as it could be. My grammar is something to be desired and my spelling is atrocious! I make it no secret that I have the desire to be a full time writer but to do that I need to practise my writing.

No matter how many books I read or how many classes I take they all say the same thing. I need to write every day. When you read what I’ve written it is easy to see my thought process for this blog post.

Anyway my point is that I want to try writing every day and to encourage me and give me motivation I am going to be posting what I write here on my blog. I encourage people to join in!

This is going to be a very loose promise but I hope I can stick to doing this every day. I need to get my arse in gear.

Without further ado here is my typed up version of the writing I did today.

I’m sitting here poised my pen poised over the blank lined paper ready to write something. I’m not expecting it to be spectacular or even half-way decent. It doesn’t have to be prose or poem. Paragraph or sentence.

I just want it to be the first thing that I write.

I’m not even thinking about anything. It feels as if the pen is moving with its own mind.

I lie. I am thinking. I’m thinking of my blog post to go with this.

Is my handwriting neat? No.

Do I care? No.

Will I take a picture to go with this? Maybe.

Will I do this everyday?

I hope so. I really do want to improve my writing and no matter how many courses & classes I take they all say the same thing.

Write something, it doesn’t matter what or how much, write something every day.

This feels and looks like a lot to me but I know this will only be a few lines on the computer but it doesn’t matter.

What will my title be?

I have my window open, I can hear the rain pattering against the pond outside. Should I take a nice picture of that?

My legs were feeling stiff so I took Charlie for a walk. He enjoyed it. It cleared my head like only fresh air can do.

Half the time I can’t even read my own handwriting. My sister thinks it’s messy but it doesn’t really bother me.

I keep talking about my writing.

I think I’ll leave it there for now, my hand is hurting & I’m running out of paper.

My spelling sucks!!

Tori x

As you can see there are mistakes and it doesn’t make much sense but the point is that I wrote something today even if it doesn’t have a narrative or a plot.

If you don’t know, this is a technique called free-form writing. You write what first comes to your mind without thinking. That is why this is choppy and sporadic. I didn’t like this type of writing before but it really freed me from thinking. I didn’t have to think out a plot or a starting line, I put my pen to paper and wrote the first thing I thought about. My thought process changed a few times too. I think I have a new appreciation for this form of writing but I will still try and find challenges\prompts\tasks to do too.

Now this probably won’t be like this every day. Some times I write a blog post like I did today (I’m adding this in on the 31st, I wrote this post on the 30th) If I have posted a blog post already that day then I will count that as my writing for the day. I will only do posts like this if I haven’t done any form of writing that day. (Did that make sense?)

If you do something similar to this please tell me about it and leave a link I’m always interested in other peoples writing.

Until next time,

Tori x