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Top Five Books of 2016

Description: What are your top five reads for 2016? These books DO NOT need to have been published in 2016. See the annual blog post for staff favorites: http://blog.librarything.com/main/2016/12/top-five-2016/. Join the discussion on Talk

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Members: 217 participating members (show all)

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6,788 members, 471 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 stars)

Lists: Maryloo (1), jcwharton (1), pmarshall (1), sianpr (1), Jim53 (1), tess_schoolmarm (1), Lauraborealis (1), sipthereader (1), Redheadlib (1), pamur (1), khouston205 (2)2 more, krazy4katz (2), mahsdad (4)

Score: 49.56

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1,722 members, 134 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: amanaceerdh (1), cooch45 (1), mdexter (1), khouston205 (1), mooingzelda (1), winteralli (1), ursula (1), njinthesun (1), ablachly (1), katemcangus (1), Maryloo (2)

Score: 43.36

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1,692 members, 116 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: honkingcronk (1), beebeereads (1), jonesli (1), Carmenere (1), JSWBooks (1), dudes22 (2), zhejw (2), jcwharton (2), lindapanzo (2), Cariola (2)

Score: 36.82

Explanations:

JSWBooks (1): Powerful - the story and the writing!

4
957 members, 67 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

Lists: lauralkeet (1), debann6354 (1), katiekrug (1), kjgormley (1), amanaceerdh (2), Sharon.Flesher (2), jonesli (2), asyouth (2), ultrabookgeek (3), susanna.fraser (5)

Score: 35.17

5
1,057 members, 77 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: Sharon.Flesher (1), Leida (1), honkingcronk (2), lauralkeet (2), Maryloo (3), IrishSue (4), jcwharton (5), dianeham (5), krisa (5)

Score: 28.62

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2,688 members, 237 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

Lists: niquetteb (1), MsRoux (2), amanaceerdh (3), honkingcronk (3), beebeereads (3), IrishSue (3), jcwharton (4), Redheadlib (4), kgriffith (4)

Score: 28.01

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4,060 members, 379 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: mjfisher (1), IrishSue (1), ultrabookgeek (2), kaixo (2), krisa (2), tardis (4), ablachly (4), agjuba (5)

Score: 26.42

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2,344 members, 151 reviews
4.36 stars (4.36 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy (1), aquariumministry (1), holly_golightly (2), jcwharton (3), bookwoman84 (4), rosalita (4), greeneyed_ives (5)

Score: 22.74

Explanations:

rosalita (4): A contemporary black man's point of view about race relations in America. Some deeply uncomfortably truths for white Americans here, but so necessary to acknowledge and absorb.… (more)

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1,356 members, 148 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

Lists: Ciruelo (1), marcejewels (1), Simone2 (1), Leida (2), debann6354 (4), lauralkeet (5)

Score: 20.87

10
838 members, 56 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: revbean (1), okeres (2), pamur (2), lorannen (2), vwinsloe (3), lottpoet (4)

Score: 19.96

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785 members, 72 reviews
4.42 stars (4.42 stars)

Lists: Bookmarque (1), edparks (1), Cariola (3), Romonko (3), beebeereads (4)

Score: 16.91

Explanations:

Romonko (3): I absolutely loved this book! It was so understated, but so well written.

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1,553 members, 120 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (1), holly_golightly (1), Wassilissa (3), lowelibrary (4), rosylibrarian (4)

Score: 16.7

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770 members, 50 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: gypsysmom (1), mjfisher (2), Ape (4), krisa (4), hipdeep (4)

Score: 15.85

14
630 members, 64 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: miketopper (1), Soupdragon (3), honkingcronk (4), bjappleg8 (4), katemcangus (5)

Score: 15.37

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976 members, 73 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: bookwormelf (1), Familiar_Diversions (1), rarm (3), lottpoet (3)

Score: 14.08

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1,868 members, 144 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: lalbro (1), Euryale (1), jeanned (2), azrowan (5)

Score: 14.04

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861 members, 43 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: EfEh (1), shaunie (1), Leida (3), Parker51 (4)

Score: 13.87

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867 members, 97 reviews
4.58 stars (4.58 stars)

Lists: rosalita (1), Jim53 (2), gypsysmom (3), honkingcronk (5)

Score: 13.08

Explanations:

rosalita (1): A searing look at the racial biases in the American criminal justice system.

19
722 members, 42 reviews
3.58 stars (3.58 stars)

Lists: lkmiller (1), wolfeyluvr (2), flying_monkeys (3), norabelle414 (5)

Score: 13.08

Explanations:

flying_monkeys (3): Because it's a mash-up of sci-fi and fantasy, and it's the weirdest book I read in 2016. And I mean "weird" in the best possible way.

20
5,826 members, 330 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: Cynthia_Moses (1), Redheadlib (3), highlander6022 (3), ccatalfo (4)

Score: 12.91

Explanations:

highlander6022 (3): Oh, how I wish this book was available 40 years ago. The best adjective I can give it is "rich". Rich in discussion. Rich in research documentation. Rich in providing a wonderful insight into myself, a confirmed introvert but with some extrovert tendencies. Rich in discussion of interactions between intros and extros. Rich in providing guidance on how to raise, teach, encourage intro and extro children. Rich in how to succeed in a business world where extros seem to be the "chosen ones" to lead us to the promised land of success.… (more)

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90 members, 22 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: Redheadlib (2), kgriffith (2), ablachly (2), timspalding (5)

Score: 12.77

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15 members, 3 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

Lists: DanKoboldt (1), Bishop_OConnell (2), TeresaFrohock (2)

Score: 10.73

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9,157 members, 901 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: flying_monkeys (1), IrishSue (2), krisa (3)

Score: 10.4

Explanations:

flying_monkeys (1): Because I could see that magic, close my eyes and touch it. All my senses were fully engaged. It's a rare book that uses smells and sounds with such clarity and power.… (more)

24
691 members, 49 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: wandering_star (1), mooingzelda (2), susanna.fraser (3)

Score: 10.4

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94 members, 7 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

Lists: Willoyd (1), sianpr (2), cbl_tn (3)

Score: 10.4

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54,047 members, 1,094 reviews
4.4 stars (4.4 stars)

Lists: karenmarie (1), Cynthia_Moses (2), souloftherose (4)

Score: 10.19

27
1,007 members, 201 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: mahsdad (1), seasonsoflove (2), avanders (4)

Score: 10.19

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7,185 members, 693 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Lists: davesmind (1), al.vick (3), chgstrom (3)

Score: 10.08

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628 members, 43 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: pixiedark (1), Her_Royal_Orangeness (3), sturlington (4)

Score: 9.87

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4,107 members, 371 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: Andrew-theQM (1), karenmarie (3), Redheadlib (5)

Score: 9.71

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73 members, 5 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: inge87 (1), tardis (3), christina_reads (5)

Score: 9.71

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2,036 members, 193 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: Ape (2), tardis (2), claire.rivers (4)

Score: 9.56

33
395 members, 29 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: Carmenere (2), mahsdad (2), Capybara_99 (4)

Score: 9.56

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9,606 members, 220 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: Capybara_99 (2), Cynthia_Moses (3), pamur (3)

Score: 9.44

35
1,466 members, 143 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

Lists: avanders (2), njinthesun (2), gypsysmom (5)

Score: 9.4

36
6,892 members, 271 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: Euryale (2), bookwormelf (3), kristenl (4)

Score: 9.23

37
748 members, 32 reviews
4.35 stars (4.35 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy (2), hipdeep (3), rarm (4)

Score: 9.23

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6,612 members, 483 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: lmbix (2), maritimer (3), winteralli (5)

Score: 9.08

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3,351 members, 216 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)

Lists: lowelibrary (2), Leida (4), wolfeyluvr (4)

Score: 9.02

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514 members, 30 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: Sharon.Flesher (3), jonesli (3), myra.reads (4)

Score: 8.91

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344 members, 21 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: EfEh (3), charl08 (3), ultrabookgeek (4)

Score: 8.91

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298 members, 13 reviews
4.49 stars (4.49 stars)

Lists: bookwormelf (2), souloftherose (2), antao (12)

Score: 8.88

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1 member, 0 reviews

Lists: TeresaFrohock (3), DanKoboldt (4), Bishop_OConnell (8)

Score: 8.25

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5,488 members, 157 reviews
4.56 stars (4.56 stars)

Lists: lindapanzo (1), myra.reads (1)

Score: 8

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2,099 members, 171 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: asyouth (1), kgriffith (1)

Score: 8

46
928 members, 63 reviews
4.35 stars (4.35 stars)

Lists: charl08 (1), lorannen (1)

Score: 8

47
825 members, 67 reviews
3.59 stars (3.59 stars)

Lists: marysneedle (1), MilliLinnea (1)

Score: 8

48
728 members, 83 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: DeltaQueen50 (1), jeanned (1)

Score: 8

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693 members, 85 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

Lists: terran (1), Micheller7 (1)

Score: 8

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212 members, 7 reviews
4.31 stars (4.31 stars)

Lists: imyril (1), souloftherose (1)

Score: 8

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123 members, 7 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: rplinke (1), Dilara86 (1)

Score: 8

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3,628 members, 257 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: krisa (1), ursula (2)

Score: 7.36

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862 members, 51 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: chgstrom (1), pixiedark (2)

Score: 7.36

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606 members, 32 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

Lists: cbl_tn (1), DeltaQueen50 (2)

Score: 7.36

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436 members, 24 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: artturnerjr (1), waitingtoderail (2)

Score: 7.36

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191 members, 7 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: jjwilson61 (1), davesmind (2)

Score: 7.36

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70 members, 9 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: Jarandel (1), rarm (2)

Score: 7.36

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13,439 members, 397 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: rarm (1), ahef1963 (3)

Score: 7.04

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7,011 members, 447 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: Laura1124 (1), kaulsu (3)

Score: 7.04

Explanations:

kaulsu (3): I read little "good" fiction...and this was worth reading. I had it on my iphone for several years, but kept putting it off. Verghese is a marvel. More of his books in my future, I foresee.… (more)

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2,631 members, 211 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: craso (1), jjwilson61 (3)

Score: 7.04

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1,606 members, 27 reviews
4.55 stars (4.55 stars)

Lists: bjappleg8 (1), kara.shamy (3)

Score: 7.04

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1,399 members, 99 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: starfishian (1), sianpr (3)

Score: 7.04

63
1,081 members, 17 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: bethmariec (1), Kaffie (3)

Score: 7.04

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712 members, 71 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: vwinsloe (1), njinthesun (3)

Score: 7.04

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470 members, 99 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

Lists: lahochstetler (1), lauralkeet (3)

Score: 7.04

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443 members, 26 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (1), soraki (3)

Score: 7.04

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12,427 members, 368 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: hearshari (1), conceptDawg (4)

Score: 6.83

68
472 members, 44 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: sturlington (1), seasonsoflove (4)

Score: 6.83

69
322 members, 15 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: okeres (1), lorannen (4)

Score: 6.83

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956 members, 75 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: chgstrom (2), JSWBooks (2)

Score: 6.73

Explanations:

JSWBooks (2): How kindness can change a community.

71
6,935 members, 674 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: Cecrow (1), hipdeep (5)

Score: 6.68

72
177 members, 14 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: alice_the_goon (1), KimarieBee (5)

Score: 6.68

73
2,324 members, 213 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (2), mahsdad (3)

Score: 6.4

74
581 members, 36 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: azrowan (2), myra.reads (3)

Score: 6.4

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510 members, 51 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: flying_monkeys (2), lkmiller (3)

Score: 6.4

Explanations:

flying_monkeys (2): Because it's beautiful, macabre, diverse. And it speaks to a secret, lifelong quest: to find my door.

76
41,079 members, 1,102 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: fajriy_arunna (1), bookwormelf (11)

Score: 6.2

77
9,303 members, 156 reviews
4.31 stars (4.31 stars)

Lists: AnnaClaire (2), kara.shamy (4)

Score: 6.19

79
1,068 members, 67 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: LAKobow (2), starfishian (4)

Score: 6.19

80
151 members, 11 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: charl08 (2), boo-radley (4)

Score: 6.19

81
121 members, 11 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

Lists: katiekrug (2), jonesli (4)

Score: 6.19

82
56 members, 2 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

Lists: greeneyed_ives (2), christina_reads (4)

Score: 6.19

83
667 members, 37 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

Lists: davesmind (3), azrowan (3)

Score: 6.08

84
636 members, 52 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 stars)

Lists: lindapanzo (3), Jim53 (3)

Score: 6.08

85
331 members, 18 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: k8_not_kate (3), katemcangus (3)

Score: 6.08

86
4,617 members, 354 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: hearshari (2), holly_golightly (5)

Score: 6.04

87
4,297 members, 222 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: amerynth (2), mooingzelda (5)

Score: 6.04

88
1,384 members, 69 reviews
3.49 stars (3.49 stars)

Lists: Laura1124 (2), EfEh (5)

Score: 6.04

89
463 members, 34 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: gtimcqueen (3), Cariola (4)

Score: 5.87

90
9,965 members, 431 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: Kindleifier (3), miketopper (5)

Score: 5.71

91
1,011 members, 108 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: zhejw (3), njinthesun (5)

Score: 5.71

92
5,117 members, 225 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: Wolfman08 (4), EllsieFind (4)

Score: 5.66

93
1,225 members, 49 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: bookwormelf (4), imyril (4)

Score: 5.66

94
1,087 members, 113 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)

Lists: EfEh (4), katemcangus (4)

Score: 5.66

95
777 members, 55 reviews
3.69 stars (3.69 stars)

Lists: kaulsu (4), chgstrom (4)

Score: 5.66

Explanations:

kaulsu (4): I've not previously read anything by Allende. I am told each of her novels is unlike the last. It took me a minute to get into the flash backs, but (I work in a retirement community) I did enjoy it. There were some pieces that didn't ring true (FBI field agents have a mandatory retirement age of 57, for example), but Twain said we shouldn't allow a few facts to spoil a good story. Or something.… (more)

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539 members, 39 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: Sharon.Flesher (4), edparks (4)

Score: 5.66

Explanations:

Sharon.Flesher (4): We had to wait 14 years for a new novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Annie Proulx, but this epic was worth it. Proulx is the master of memorable, complex characters, and she dishes out a feast of them in this multi-generational historical saga. Two indentured servants arrive in New France (Canada) in the late 17th-century and are quickly separated by diverging fates. Their descendants pick up the story, plundering the vast North American forests, including Michigan's white pines, as loggers and lumber barons through three centuries. Proulx's prose is as magnificent as her scope.… (more)

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1,392 members, 67 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: kaixo (4), maritimer (5)

Score: 5.5

98
992 members, 50 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: zhejw (4), Sharon.Flesher (5)

Score: 5.5

99
334 members, 24 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: Euryale (4), jeanned (5)

Score: 5.5

100
2,703 members, 232 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: rosylibrarian (5), ahef1963 (5)

Score: 5.35

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