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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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6,526 members, 454 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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1,647 members, 130 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 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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1,483 members, 98 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 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
861 members, 61 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 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
923 members, 72 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 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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2,469 members, 223 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 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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3,977 members, 371 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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2,225 members, 146 reviews
4.37 stars (4.37 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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1,290 members, 142 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

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

Score: 20.87

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804 members, 55 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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634 members, 54 reviews
4.5 stars (4.5 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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1,500 members, 113 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

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

Score: 16.7

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749 members, 50 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

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

Score: 15.85

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567 members, 52 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

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

Score: 15.37

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948 members, 71 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

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

Score: 14.08

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1,799 members, 135 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

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

Score: 14.04

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822 members, 41 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

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

Score: 13.87

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841 members, 94 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.

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662 members, 39 reviews
3.62 stars (3.62 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
5,733 members, 329 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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80 members, 21 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 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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9,006 members, 897 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 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
617 members, 44 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

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

Score: 10.4

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87 members, 7 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

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

Score: 10.4

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53,722 members, 1,086 reviews
4.4 stars (4.4 stars)

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

Score: 10.19

27
917 members, 190 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

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

Score: 10.19

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6,995 members, 689 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

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

Score: 10.08

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600 members, 42 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

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

Score: 9.87

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4,013 members, 364 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

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

Score: 9.71

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68 members, 5 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

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

Score: 9.71

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1,943 members, 189 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

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

Score: 9.56

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376 members, 27 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

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

Score: 9.56

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9,554 members, 220 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

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

Score: 9.44

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1,387 members, 139 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 stars)

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

Score: 9.4

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6,834 members, 271 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

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

Score: 9.23

37
719 members, 30 reviews
4.36 stars (4.36 stars)

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

Score: 9.23

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6,563 members, 480 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

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

Score: 9.08

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3,102 members, 208 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

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

Score: 9.02

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460 members, 26 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

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

Score: 8.91

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302 members, 16 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

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

Score: 8.91

42
270 members, 12 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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5,436 members, 157 reviews
4.56 stars (4.56 stars)

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

Score: 8

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2,061 members, 170 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: asyouth (1), kgriffith (1)

Score: 8

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848 members, 61 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

Lists: charl08 (1), lorannen (1)

Score: 8

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767 members, 63 reviews
3.55 stars (3.55 stars)

Lists: marysneedle (1), MilliLinnea (1)

Score: 8

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722 members, 83 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: DeltaQueen50 (1), jeanned (1)

Score: 8

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588 members, 76 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 stars)

Lists: terran (1), Micheller7 (1)

Score: 8

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140 members, 6 reviews
4.37 stars (4.37 stars)

Lists: imyril (1), souloftherose (1)

Score: 8

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122 members, 7 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: rplinke (1), Dilara86 (1)

Score: 8

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3,604 members, 256 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: krisa (1), ursula (2)

Score: 7.36

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779 members, 48 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: chgstrom (1), pixiedark (2)

Score: 7.36

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590 members, 32 reviews
4.31 stars (4.31 stars)

Lists: cbl_tn (1), DeltaQueen50 (2)

Score: 7.36

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404 members, 18 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Lists: artturnerjr (1), waitingtoderail (2)

Score: 7.36

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176 members, 7 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: jjwilson61 (1), davesmind (2)

Score: 7.36

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66 members, 9 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: Jarandel (1), rarm (2)

Score: 7.36

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13,349 members, 394 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: rarm (1), ahef1963 (3)

Score: 7.04

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6,949 members, 449 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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2,589 members, 209 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: craso (1), jjwilson61 (3)

Score: 7.04

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1,594 members, 26 reviews
4.55 stars (4.55 stars)

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

Score: 7.04

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1,371 members, 97 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: starfishian (1), sianpr (3)

Score: 7.04

63
1,075 members, 17 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: bethmariec (1), Kaffie (3)

Score: 7.04

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687 members, 68 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: vwinsloe (1), njinthesun (3)

Score: 7.04

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450 members, 99 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

Lists: lahochstetler (1), lauralkeet (3)

Score: 7.04

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415 members, 25 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (1), soraki (3)

Score: 7.04

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12,344 members, 368 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: hearshari (1), conceptDawg (4)

Score: 6.83

68
457 members, 42 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: sturlington (1), seasonsoflove (4)

Score: 6.83

69
311 members, 16 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: okeres (1), lorannen (4)

Score: 6.83

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884 members, 72 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: chgstrom (2), JSWBooks (2)

Score: 6.73

Explanations:

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

71
6,769 members, 670 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: Cecrow (1), hipdeep (5)

Score: 6.68

72
167 members, 13 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: alice_the_goon (1), KimarieBee (5)

Score: 6.68

73
2,291 members, 213 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (2), mahsdad (3)

Score: 6.4

74
486 members, 33 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

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

Score: 6.4

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445 members, 45 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 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.

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40,916 members, 1,096 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: fajriy_arunna (1), bookwormelf (11)

Score: 6.2

77
9,210 members, 155 reviews
4.31 stars (4.31 stars)

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

Score: 6.19

79
997 members, 63 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: LAKobow (2), starfishian (4)

Score: 6.19

80
136 members, 10 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

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

Score: 6.19

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

Lists: katiekrug (2), jonesli (4)

Score: 6.19

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

Lists: greeneyed_ives (2), christina_reads (4)

Score: 6.19

83
626 members, 32 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

Lists: davesmind (3), azrowan (3)

Score: 6.08

84
594 members, 48 reviews
4.31 stars (4.31 stars)

Lists: lindapanzo (3), Jim53 (3)

Score: 6.08

85
296 members, 14 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: k8_not_kate (3), katemcangus (3)

Score: 6.08

86
4,542 members, 351 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: hearshari (2), holly_golightly (5)

Score: 6.04

87
4,258 members, 221 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: amerynth (2), mooingzelda (5)

Score: 6.04

88
1,365 members, 69 reviews
3.49 stars (3.49 stars)

Lists: Laura1124 (2), EfEh (5)

Score: 6.04

89
411 members, 31 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: gtimcqueen (3), Cariola (4)

Score: 5.87

90
9,924 members, 431 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: Kindleifier (3), miketopper (5)

Score: 5.71

91
957 members, 103 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: zhejw (3), njinthesun (5)

Score: 5.71

92
5,090 members, 224 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: Wolfman08 (4), EllsieFind (4)

Score: 5.66

93
1,222 members, 50 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: bookwormelf (4), imyril (4)

Score: 5.66

94
1,004 members, 109 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: EfEh (4), katemcangus (4)

Score: 5.66

95
743 members, 53 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 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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477 members, 38 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 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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1,373 members, 67 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: kaixo (4), maritimer (5)

Score: 5.5

98
897 members, 45 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

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

Score: 5.5

99
323 members, 22 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: Euryale (4), jeanned (5)

Score: 5.5

100
2,664 members, 232 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: rosylibrarian (5), ahef1963 (5)

Score: 5.35

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