1. The Fifth Agreement: A Practical Guide to Self-Mastery, by Miguel Ruiz & Jose Luis Ruiz
Average Rating: 4.21
I said: 4/5 stars, "While a lot of people might suggest skipping reading The Four Agreements and heading straight to this book, I disagree. I think a lot of valuable insight can be gained from relearning the four agreements. Part II of the book, which focused on the fifth agreement, confused me at first. It wasn't until the end of the book that I started to grasp the point the authors were trying to get across, so after I finished, I went back and reread the first half of Part II. Doing so helped me understand the message immensely."
2. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs
Average Rating: 3.79
I said: 5/5 stars, "This book was a fascinating, fast-paced fantasy story that I could not put down. The plot of the story is so unique and really draws the reader in. It is considered a YA book, but I would argue that even adults would love it. As soon as I finished, I ran out to find the second book in the series at the library right away."
3. The Girls' Book of Success: Winning Wisdom, Stars' Secrets, Tales of Triumph, and More, by Catherine Dee & Ali Douglass
Average Rating: 3.50
I said: 4./5 stars, "This was a really cute book providing inspiration to teen girls on growing towards success. I liked how each chapter was set up with a main topic and quotes and true stories related to the topic. This would be a great book for teen or tween girls."
4. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, by Eckhart Tolle
Average Rating: 4.06
I said: 3/5 stars, "It wasn't until towards the end of the book that I really started to pick up the message. The book is great, but bound to go over the heads of the casual reader. I am looking forward to reading it again for a more in-depth insight that I may have missed the first time around."
5. Bargain Junkie: Living the Good Life on the Cheap, by Annie Korzen
Average Rating: 2.55
I said: 2/5 stars, "While this book did have some good tips to point out on thrifting and finding a bargain, I found a lot of the "humor" offensive and/or not funny."
6. Skinny Bitch Book of Vegan Swaps, by Kim Barnouin
Average Rating: 3.69
I said: 2/5 stars, "This book focused primarily on showcasing brands that sell vegan 'cheat' food, such as faux chicken nuggets, pizza, ice cream, and more. While these foods are fun to eat every once in a while, the author seems to forget that whole foods (fruits, veggies, etc.) are the healthiest way to live vegan. Not to mention, a lot of the swaps are not readily available in all supermarkets and can be quite expensive. It is a good resource for an occasional indulgence, though."