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This monthly book review post is a little different than previous ones because I decided to join two other ladies to make a reading roundup linkup! I’m excited about the opportunity to get more book suggestions. If you’re interested in linking up, scroll down below my reviews and you can get the info 🙂 . Be sure to check out Tayler and Charlene‘s blogs!
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.
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.
How It Works:
- Be sure to check out Tayler and Charlene‘s blogs who co-host!
- Reading Roundup will happen the last Tuesday of every month! The linkup will be open for two weeks!
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