January Book Reviews | Reading Roundup

These are the books I read in January and what I thought about them. Reviews on: Mastering your Mean Girl, The Silent Songbird, and An Abundance of Katherine's. | Stay gold Autumn

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*The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson // 3 stars

I really enjoy Melanie Dickerson because her books are sweet, family friendly, and have a good plot. This particular book is based on The Little Mermaid. However, the plot in this book was very similar to the last one I read by her (or could it be said that this isn’t an author thing…fairy tales are just like that?). When I thought the book was about the end, I found myself saying “oh yeah, this must be a thing she does” at the same place percentage wise as the first book. That being said, I really enjoy reading books by the same author again.

Evangeline has beautiful red hair and a lovely singing voice, but is forced into a betrothal to a grimy older man. After running away, she falls in love with Westley le Wyse who thinks she is a mute servant. Will she be able to successfully hide or will she be forced to be a political pawn?


An Abundance of Katherines by John Green // 3 stars

Don’t hate me when I say this, but I think this is the 3rd book I’ve read from John Green and I think I’ve outgrown him.  The formula for all of the books by Green that I have read has been the following: overly self-involved teenage main characters who go on a road trip and fall in love.  Of course, I also find a lot of things that he writes very quotable and likable too.  This particular book follows Collin, a child prodigy, after his crisis of being dumped by 19 girls named Katherine.  His friend Hassan and him go on a road trip and end up in a little town called Gutshot in Tennessee.  It should be said that I grew up in a town very much like Gutshot; I found myself raising my eye brow a little sometimes because I wasn’t sure if I found the humor about southerners deprecating or descriptive.


*Mastering Your Mean Girl: The No-BS Guide to Silencing Your Inner Critic and Becoming Wildly Wealthy, Fabulously Healthy, and Bursting with Love Paperback by Melissa Ambrosini // 4 stars

I found Ambrosini’s book refreshing in that this is a self-help book where I just really believe her. I’ve read a lot of self-help books and I felt it a little refreshing that this one has a non-religious background (because even though I like Christian novels, sometimes it is distracting). Sometimes I feel self-help books can be more research based, but this one was just very emotional about her experiences and about yours too. I felt the big takeaway I had from reading this book was to take care of yourself so that you can be your best and brightest self for everyone around you.  After you figure out how to be that person through tips she gives from everything from gratitude to meditating, I feel it is much easier.  I think that is a wonderful message that is applicable to everyone.  I would happily recommend this book and enjoyed this light read.

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  • I’ve read two of John Green’s books and watched all of the movies that have been adapted and feel the same way. Actually, have I read two books? I may have read one and a novella. Either way, they don’t speak to me like they speak to others. I’ll have to look at that last book you read! It sounds like a good one. 🙂 I added you on Goodreads.

    • I really loved Fault in our Stars, but I haven’t like the other two I’ve read very much. I think I’ve aged out of relating to him because his books are starting to feel very formulaic to me. I’m excited to see your stuff on Goodreads!

  • I’ve read two of John Green’s books and watched all of the movies that have been adapted and feel the same way. Actually, have I read two books? I may have read one and a novella. Either way, they don’t speak to me like they speak to others. I’ll have to look at that last book you read! It sounds like a good one. 🙂 I added you on Goodreads.

    • I really loved Fault in our Stars, but I haven’t like the other two I’ve read very much. I think I’ve aged out of relating to him because his books are starting to feel very formulaic to me. I’m excited to see your stuff on Goodreads!

  • I’ve heard a lot of similar things about John Green’s novels, which is exactly why I’ve stayed away from them. I’m sure they’re enjoyable for many, and even though I typically like YA, I don’t think they’re my cup of tea. Mastering Your Mean Girl sounds really interesting!

    • I liked Mastering Your Mean Girl a lot. It was light hearted, but fast to read. I feel sometimes self-help books can feel a little heavy and this was an exception to that. I really loved Fault in our Stars, but I haven’t enjoyed his other books.

  • I’ve heard a lot of similar things about John Green’s novels, which is exactly why I’ve stayed away from them. I’m sure they’re enjoyable for many, and even though I typically like YA, I don’t think they’re my cup of tea. Mastering Your Mean Girl sounds really interesting!

    • I liked Mastering Your Mean Girl a lot. It was light hearted, but fast to read. I feel sometimes self-help books can feel a little heavy and this was an exception to that. I really loved Fault in our Stars, but I haven’t enjoyed his other books.

  • Thanks for the shout out! First of all, I’m definitely going to try those book review programs! Books are my favorite things to get for free to blog about!

    I feel you about John Green. I’ve only read The Fault in our Stars and I didn’t love it. But I’m going to have to try Mastering Your Mean Girl sometime. It sounds like a book that could be really beneficial for me!

    • I like bloggingforbooks.com, booklookbloggers, netgalley, and there are a few others that I do. I really enjoy reviewing books and it is a fun way to read books I wouldn’t otherwise be able to read.

      I loved Fault in our Stars, but haven’t liked his others haha. Mastering Your Mean Girl was nice 🙂

  • Thanks for the shout out! First of all, I’m definitely going to try those book review programs! Books are my favorite things to get for free to blog about!

    I feel you about John Green. I’ve only read The Fault in our Stars and I didn’t love it. But I’m going to have to try Mastering Your Mean Girl sometime. It sounds like a book that could be really beneficial for me!

    • I like bloggingforbooks.com, booklookbloggers, netgalley, and there are a few others that I do. I really enjoy reviewing books and it is a fun way to read books I wouldn’t otherwise be able to read.

      I loved Fault in our Stars, but haven’t liked his others haha. Mastering Your Mean Girl was nice 🙂

  • John Green is one of my favorites but even I didn’t like this book. I’ll check out other ones! 🙂

    • Ahhh! Good to know! I really loved Fault in our Stars, but I haven’t liked this one or Paper Towns.

  • John Green is one of my favorites but even I didn’t like this book. I’ll check out other ones! 🙂

  • Thanks for sharing! The only here I’ve heard of is the John Green book, and I haven’t read it because I have felt the same way about his other books that I’ve read!

    • What kind of books do you typically read? I like a lot of different kinds of books, but yeah, this book of his just wasn’t my cup of tea.

  • Thanks for sharing! The only here I’ve heard of is the John Green book, and I haven’t read it because I have felt the same way about his other books that I’ve read!

    • What kind of books do you typically read? I like a lot of different kinds of books, but yeah, this book of his just wasn’t my cup of tea.

  • Mastering Your Mean Girl seems like a book I want to read!

  • Mastering Your Mean Girl seems like a book I want to read!

  • I’ve been looking for some solid YA books to read and I considered picking up John Green. Reading your review confirms my suspicion of what his books are like, hehe.

    • I loved Fault in our Stars, but I haven’t been a huge fan of other ones I’ve read. I’ve heard a lot of people really liked the Alaska one.

  • I’ve been looking for some solid YA books to read and I considered picking up John Green. Reading your review confirms my suspicion of what his books are like, hehe.

    • I loved Fault in our Stars, but I haven’t been a huge fan of other ones I’ve read. I’ve heard a lot of people really liked the Alaska one.

  • I really liked An Abundance of Katherines, but I read it when it was first published, when I was about 18/19. I think it was also my first John Green novel.

    I love retold fairy tales, so I need to check out The Silent Songbird!

    • I love young adult, but I couldn’t get into this one. I think if I had been younger though like you were that I would have enjoyed it more. I really like retold fairy tales as well. One of my favorites was “The Goose Girl” by Shannon Hale 🙂

  • I really liked An Abundance of Katherines, but I read it when it was first published, when I was about 18/19. I think it was also my first John Green novel.

    I love retold fairy tales, so I need to check out The Silent Songbird!

    • I love young adult, but I couldn’t get into this one. I think if I had been younger though like you were that I would have enjoyed it more. I really like retold fairy tales as well. One of my favorites was “The Goose Girl” by Shannon Hale 🙂