WWW Weds: Yaoi, Mental Health Reform Non-Fiction, and the Launch of Kindle Vella!

A weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

What Did I Recently Finish Reading?

So, it was requested that I talk about consent in gay romance. I read this book. It was rapey. I hated it. I called it out. Mission complete.

This Amish Romance was super cute and the characters and plot are surprisingly complex for a genre that is usually so fluffy. There wasn’t great immersion into the Amish setting though. I don’t read Amish Romance to watch people go out for pizza or make trips to Wal-Mart. I’m sure this is realistic for modern Amish people, but I don’t read Amish Romance for the realism. I read it for the immersion into the wholesome Christian setting devoid of modern conveniences. If you can just up and drive to Wal-Mart whenever…why not just write a regular contemporary romance?

I also finished my reread of Things Fall Apart. It’s an interesting post-colonial novel as always. I’ll never cease to be astounded that academics try to turn the book into some kind of feminist statement. How many women are beaten and brutalized in this book? And that’s fine-that’s the story-that’s the realism of the Igbo tribe. Not everything has to be feminist to have merit, and Achebe including attributes of a tribe that are historically and culturally accurate does not mean he condones those actions.

What Am I Currently Reading?

I’m about to finish this book. I’m only 30 pages from the end, so I’ll probably finish it tonight. It’s such an exciting read, but in addition to all the action, the boat chase, bar fight, and chasing down feral shifters, there’s also an incredibly sweet romance. Zander is great and I about died when they both scented each other with a mate claim ❤

I have the paperback of this book, but I’ve been reading it on the Galatea app (mostly because I want to test out the Galtea app). This is a fun paranormal romance. Right now Paige is really distrustful of Davin, and I don’t blame her. I’d probably be very suss of a guy if I was dream-fucking him for years and then suddenly shows up irl and is like “Hey, I’m a demon and I feed off dream sex.”

There is so much good information in this book. Anyone interested in mental health reform should check it out. There’s a lot of great info about how drug trials are structured and the problems in how they’re conducted. I learned a few new things about financial ties between pharma and the FDA, and about how the results of drugs trials are either suppressed or misrepresented.

What Will I Read Next?

I’m going to attempt to read this book again. I tried last year and gave up, because Sanderson’s worldbuilding is on a whole level that I just can’t handle…but I’ll try it again.

I preordered this book and it’s scheduled to release tomorrow! I already know it’s great, because I was given the chance to beat read the first few chapters.

And lastly, I plan to read a bunch of serials on kindle Vella! Vella launched yesterday and my book Feels Bad, Man is up there. My story Desire and Destruction is currently under review to be added to Vella. I’m in a Vella discord where everyone is checking out each others stories and being generally supportive, so I plan to read a bunch of the serials of the other authors.

That’s it for me! Have you read any of these books? Are you planning to check out Kindle Vella? Let me know in the comments 🙂

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