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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: 218 participating members (show all)

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6,940 members, 482 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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1,794 members, 138 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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1,849 members, 126 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 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
1,058 members, 75 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 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
1,145 members, 84 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 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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2,844 members, 254 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 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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4,154 members, 381 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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1,435 members, 155 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)

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

Score: 24.87

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2,430 members, 157 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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1,616 members, 122 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

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

Score: 20.7

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861 members, 57 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

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

Score: 19.96

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890 members, 85 reviews
4.43 stars (4.43 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.

13
786 members, 50 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

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

Score: 15.85

14
675 members, 65 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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998 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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1,900 members, 146 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

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

Score: 14.04

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895 members, 45 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

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

Score: 13.87

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911 members, 100 reviews
4.59 stars (4.59 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
774 members, 45 reviews
3.57 stars (3.57 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
5,897 members, 335 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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9,648 members, 221 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

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

Score: 12.81

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95 members, 22 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

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

Score: 12.77

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6,906 members, 271 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

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

Score: 12.27

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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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9,312 members, 908 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)

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745 members, 55 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 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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54,366 members, 1,097 reviews
4.4 stars (4.4 stars)

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

Score: 10.19

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1,097 members, 207 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

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

Score: 10.19

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7,314 members, 699 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

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

Score: 10.08

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655 members, 46 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

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

Score: 9.87

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4,180 members, 373 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

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

Score: 9.71

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85 members, 4 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

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

Score: 9.71

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12,499 members, 369 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: hearshari (1), LoisCK (4), conceptDawg (4)

Score: 9.66

35
2,091 members, 195 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

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

Score: 9.56

36
417 members, 29 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

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

Score: 9.56

37
1,546 members, 143 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

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

Score: 9.4

38
766 members, 31 reviews
4.34 stars (4.34 stars)

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

Score: 9.23

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6,649 members, 484 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

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

Score: 9.08

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3,614 members, 225 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)

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

Score: 9.02

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541 members, 31 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

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

Score: 8.91

42
368 members, 22 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

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

Score: 8.91

43
317 members, 13 reviews
4.52 stars (4.52 stars)

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

Score: 8.88

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4,335 members, 224 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: amerynth (2), LoisCK (5), mooingzelda (5)

Score: 8.71

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1 member, 0 reviews

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

Score: 8.25

46
5,536 members, 158 reviews
4.56 stars (4.56 stars)

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

Score: 8

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2,133 members, 173 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: asyouth (1), kgriffith (1)

Score: 8

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972 members, 68 reviews
4.35 stars (4.35 stars)

Lists: charl08 (1), lorannen (1)

Score: 8

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869 members, 69 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)

Lists: marysneedle (1), MilliLinnea (1)

Score: 8

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759 members, 89 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

Lists: terran (1), Micheller7 (1)

Score: 8

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733 members, 84 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: DeltaQueen50 (1), jeanned (1)

Score: 8

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254 members, 11 reviews
4.35 stars (4.35 stars)

Lists: imyril (1), souloftherose (1)

Score: 8

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127 members, 7 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: rplinke (1), Dilara86 (1)

Score: 8

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3,653 members, 259 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: krisa (1), ursula (2)

Score: 7.36

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911 members, 53 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: chgstrom (1), pixiedark (2)

Score: 7.36

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622 members, 33 reviews
4.31 stars (4.31 stars)

Lists: cbl_tn (1), DeltaQueen50 (2)

Score: 7.36

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471 members, 24 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: artturnerjr (1), waitingtoderail (2)

Score: 7.36

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199 members, 7 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 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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13,495 members, 399 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: rarm (1), ahef1963 (3)

Score: 7.04

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7,074 members, 450 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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2,675 members, 213 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: craso (1), jjwilson61 (3)

Score: 7.04

63
1,614 members, 27 reviews
4.55 stars (4.55 stars)

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

Score: 7.04

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1,430 members, 99 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: starfishian (1), sianpr (3)

Score: 7.04

65
1,090 members, 17 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: bethmariec (1), Kaffie (3)

Score: 7.04

66
727 members, 73 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: vwinsloe (1), njinthesun (3)

Score: 7.04

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489 members, 99 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

Lists: lahochstetler (1), lauralkeet (3)

Score: 7.04

68
473 members, 28 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (1), soraki (3)

Score: 7.04

69
481 members, 45 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: sturlington (1), seasonsoflove (4)

Score: 6.83

70
333 members, 15 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)

Lists: okeres (1), lorannen (4)

Score: 6.83

71
1,015 members, 77 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: chgstrom (2), JSWBooks (2)

Score: 6.73

Explanations:

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

72
7,049 members, 686 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: Cecrow (1), hipdeep (5)

Score: 6.68

73
191 members, 14 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: alice_the_goon (1), KimarieBee (5)

Score: 6.68

74
2,358 members, 213 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (2), mahsdad (3)

Score: 6.4

75
651 members, 37 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

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

Score: 6.4

76
555 members, 53 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.

77
41,263 members, 1,104 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: fajriy_arunna (1), bookwormelf (11)

Score: 6.2

78
9,356 members, 156 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

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

Score: 6.19

80
1,122 members, 73 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: LAKobow (2), starfishian (4)

Score: 6.19

81
165 members, 13 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

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

Score: 6.19

82
125 members, 11 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

Lists: katiekrug (2), jonesli (4)

Score: 6.19

83
56 members, 2 reviews
4.34 stars (4.34 stars)

Lists: greeneyed_ives (2), christina_reads (4)

Score: 6.19

84
691 members, 38 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

Lists: davesmind (3), azrowan (3)

Score: 6.08

85
664 members, 56 reviews
4.3 stars (4.3 stars)

Lists: lindapanzo (3), Jim53 (3)

Score: 6.08

86
347 members, 19 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: k8_not_kate (3), katemcangus (3)

Score: 6.08

87
4,693 members, 356 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: hearshari (2), holly_golightly (5)

Score: 6.04

88
1,403 members, 70 reviews
3.49 stars (3.49 stars)

Lists: Laura1124 (2), EfEh (5)

Score: 6.04

89
490 members, 36 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: gtimcqueen (3), Cariola (4)

Score: 5.87

90
10,004 members, 438 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: Kindleifier (3), miketopper (5)

Score: 5.71

91
1,039 members, 113 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: zhejw (3), njinthesun (5)

Score: 5.71

92
5,158 members, 225 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: Wolfman08 (4), EllsieFind (4)

Score: 5.66

93
1,227 members, 49 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: bookwormelf (4), imyril (4)

Score: 5.66

94
1,159 members, 121 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)

Lists: EfEh (4), katemcangus (4)

Score: 5.66

95
808 members, 56 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 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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571 members, 40 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 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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1,413 members, 66 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: kaixo (4), maritimer (5)

Score: 5.5

98
1,062 members, 51 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

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

Score: 5.5

99
343 members, 24 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: Euryale (4), jeanned (5)

Score: 5.5

100
2,730 members, 233 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: rosylibrarian (5), ahef1963 (5)

Score: 5.35

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