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Welcome! My name is Haley, I'm a 25 year old book-aholic. I'm a book reviewer for the RiverTalk Newspaper. I love reading YA, NA, and adult paranormal mostly, but I do go into other genres on occasion. If you want to talk more one on one about books, please don't hesitate to contact me on facebook or twitter, I love making new bookish friends!






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Todays topic of discussion and topic of annoyance? New adult novels (the NA genre).  I'm just going to be up front and honest with you all and admit that the NA genre is in general a genre that I have been pretty sick of for quite sometime. With that said lets just jump right into this list shall we? 

Four Things I HATE about the New Adult genre!



1. The covers..

Thankfully as of late the covers have mixed it up a bit, but for quite awhile when NA was the 'thing' to be writing and releasing typically the cover would be found with a black and white image of either a man with a six pack or a couple in an almost kissing embrace, the cover would then have a title and author name in a bright color.  I found myself almost everyday wanting to rip my hair out with how many of these types of covers would be revealed in one week.



2. Unhealthy relationships

Ugh. Do I even need to go into this? If you have read a good number of NA novels (or even if you've just read a few for that matter) than more than likely you have witnessed the trend that is super dysfunctional and unhealthy relationships.  I literally have read NA novels that I would think were going to give me a psychological read about Stockholm syndrome or maybe women falling in love with, but then escaping their abusers. But NOPE, in the end they were just novels romanticizing rape/ abuse/stalking etc! Oh, but don't worry it would all be okay because the guy was super hot, had a damaged past and lots and lots of money.

5 Things I Hate about New Adult Novels



3. Weak female characters

I feel like this one almost isn't even fair to put considering I feel any genre can suffer from this, but I don't care





4. Repeat storylines

    Common storyline to follow take your pick:
  • Girl who was abused and is an introvert from her abuse falls in love with the town bad boy. 
  • Girl who is portrayed as a party girl and the town 'slut' finds a sweet guy, but she still has a fear of commitment and has lots of self destructive behaviors.
    •  Above storylines also work if you switch gender, just tend to seem to be more popular from a female point of view. 



Well that's it, don't get me wrong I'm sure there is plenty more that could be added to this short little list, but I wanted to keep it just that, short and little.

DISCLAIMER: This is in no way me trying to bash NA novels, I have read plenty of NA novels that I have loved, and there will be plenty I will read in the future. I did a list like this for YA novels too years ago which you can check out here 

What are some things that piss you off about NA novels?!?!




So today is an exciting day, this is a giveaway I have been planning for quite sometime, but I really didn't want to post it until I was 1,000% sure that I was going to be serious about getting back into blogging.  Well today is that day! This big giveaway is for one lucky winner to get a book of their choice EVERY MONTH for the next YEAR! Giveaway details are down below, enjoy everyone 💖
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Giveaway details:
  • Giveaway is international and will end on June 22nd
  • Winner will be announced June 24th at the latest
  • Winner will be emailed on the 24th of every month for a year  to let me know which book they want ($15 us dollar limit, last book will be ordered May 24th 2018)
  • Entries are looked over so please don't lie/cheat when entering or you will be disqualified 
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So I recently turned 25 and got myself some new shelves and reorganized how my shelves are  laid out SO I figured I would share how I organize my books and my shelves with you all! Also list the other ways I have organized my books in the past etc. ❤




My wall of books:

How I organized my main wall was mostly by color, although towards the bottom end of the shelves I have misc books, some that I need to do for giveaways and some that I need to take to donate etc.

Besides looking pretty though organizing by color is definitely a 'messy' way to have things organized, no series are together, authors books are all over the place instead of all together. But for the time being I'm really liking this. ❤

Different ways to organzie books:


Genre

Why it's great? This is actually probably my FAVORITE way to organize books. If I'm in the mood for a paranormal read..great! I can go to my paranormal section of my shelves which is then organized by type like mermaids, vampires etc. It makes it so quick and easy to find a book to start, and by organizing them this way it also keeps series together and (most) authors together which is always a bonus! 

Size (height)


This is a different way to organize that I have heard about people doing, but haven't seen it done much. How you would just group your books together is by height so all your books will line up nicely before going up or down to the next height of books. This is probably a way I will try next time I redo my shelves just cause I'm curious how it will look. 

Alphabetical


Nothing beats the good ol try and true way that is organizing by author and title in alphabetical order.

Size (width)



This is another way that is kinda different that I don't see too much. Grouping by short thin books all the way till you get to your big 600+ page books. I do like this option in the sense that if I'm in the mood for a short novel, all jmy shorter length books will be together and vice versa etc.

My FAVORITES shelf

 

This is my little favorites shelf! I have lights installed into this one so my favorites are always lit up 😍💕 Keep in mind ALOT of my favs are missing from this shelf since I still have quite a few of my kindle favorites that I need to by in paperback/hardback.

My 'to read soon' shelf



This top row of shelves is for my books I REALLY want to read soon, this way when I want to start a new book I go here first.

Bonus my gaming/entertainment area:


I also got a new tv media stand for my birthday the one next to my 'to read soon' shelf and I am just so obsessed with it, this is my fiances and I's living room/double gaming area and I just had to share 😍



How do you organize YOUR shelves??