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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: 230 participating members (show all)

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1
9,724 members, 617 reviews
4.3 stars (4.3 stars)

Lists: Rorykins75 (1), AmourFou (1), Maryloo (1), jcwharton (1), pmarshall (1), sianpr (1), Jim53 (1), tess_schoolmarm (1), Lauraborealis (1), sipthereader (1), Redheadlib (1)4 more, pamur (1), khouston205 (2), krazy4katz (2), mahsdad (4)

Score: 57.56

2
2,791 members, 192 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

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

Score: 43.36

3
4,021 members, 259 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 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
2,271 members, 143 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

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

Score: 35.17

5
5,767 members, 482 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

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

Score: 29.79

6
2,061 members, 132 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

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

Score: 28.62

7
4,939 members, 408 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

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

Score: 28.01

8
2,187 members, 203 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

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

Score: 24.87

9
1,260 members, 75 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

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

Score: 23.96

10
3,715 members, 227 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)

11
2,525 members, 167 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

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

Score: 20.7

12
1,077 members, 64 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

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

Score: 19.85

13
2,996 members, 252 reviews
4.45 stars (4.45 stars)

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

Score: 19.74

Explanations:

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

14
1,266 members, 96 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: miketopper (1), ClaudaJB (2), Soupdragon (3), honkingcronk (4), bjappleg8 (4), katemcangus (5)

Score: 18.74

15
1,475 members, 59 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

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

Score: 17.87

16
1,622 members, 141 reviews
4.58 stars (4.58 stars)

Lists: Papermoon4 (1), rosalita (1), Jim53 (2), gypsysmom (3), honkingcronk (5)

Score: 17.08

Explanations:

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

17
148 members, 26 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: Redheadlib (2), kgriffith (2), ablachly (2), ClaudaJB (3), timspalding (5)

Score: 15.81

18
7,426 members, 295 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

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

Score: 15.1

19
1,330 members, 100 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

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

Score: 14.08

20
2,615 members, 187 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

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

Score: 14.04

21
1,528 members, 83 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.

22
7,220 members, 382 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)

23
1,053 members, 61 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

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

Score: 12.91

24
10,673 members, 244 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

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

Score: 12.81

25
3,076 members, 278 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

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

Score: 12.38

26
1,010 members, 43 reviews
4.36 stars (4.36 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy (2), hipdeep (3), rarm (4), Francisco_Javier (5)

Score: 11.91

27
6,078 members, 181 reviews
4.55 stars (4.55 stars)

Lists: lindapanzo (1), myra.reads (1), AmourFou (2)

Score: 11.36

28
735 members, 38 reviews
4.3 stars (4.3 stars)

Lists: joroho59 (1), cbl_tn (1), DeltaQueen50 (2)

Score: 11.36

29
23 members, 3 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

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

Score: 10.73

30
11,051 members, 994 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)

31
1,691 members, 120 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

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

Score: 10.4

32
174 members, 13 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

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

Score: 10.4

33
59,608 members, 1,185 reviews
4.39 stars (4.39 stars)

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

Score: 10.19

34
2,275 members, 316 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

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

Score: 10.19

35
9,892 members, 857 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

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

Score: 10.08

36
7,617 members, 474 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: Laura1124 (1), AmourFou (3), kaulsu (3)

Score: 10.08

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)

37
5,095 members, 431 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

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

Score: 9.71

38
198 members, 13 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

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

Score: 9.71

39
13,477 members, 402 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

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

Score: 9.66

40
696 members, 45 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

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

Score: 9.56

41
2,636 members, 209 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

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

Score: 9.4

42
7,350 members, 517 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

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

Score: 9.08

43
6,878 members, 368 reviews
3.59 stars (3.59 stars)

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

Score: 9.02

44
841 members, 48 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

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

Score: 8.91

45
694 members, 39 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

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

Score: 8.91

46
603 members, 28 reviews
4.46 stars (4.46 stars)

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

Score: 8.88

47
4,893 members, 245 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

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

Score: 8.71

48
3 members, 0 reviews

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

Score: 8.25

49
3,144 members, 235 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: asyouth (1), kgriffith (1)

Score: 8

50
1,788 members, 157 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: terran (1), Micheller7 (1)

Score: 8

51
1,588 members, 113 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

Lists: marysneedle (1), Ilirwen (1)

Score: 8

52
1,494 members, 107 reviews
4.43 stars (4.43 stars)

Lists: charl08 (1), lorannen (1)

Score: 8

53
835 members, 51 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

Lists: imyril (1), souloftherose (1)

Score: 8

54
812 members, 86 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: DeltaQueen50 (1), jeanned (1)

Score: 8

55
166 members, 7 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: rplinke (1), Dilara86 (1)

Score: 8

56
4,030 members, 277 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: krisa (1), ursula (2)

Score: 7.36

57
1,603 members, 95 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: chgstrom (1), pixiedark (2)

Score: 7.36

58
879 members, 45 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: artturnerjr (1), waitingtoderail (2)

Score: 7.36

59
309 members, 11 reviews
4.36 stars (4.36 stars)

Lists: jjwilson61 (1), davesmind (2)

Score: 7.36

60
135 members, 13 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: Jarandel (1), rarm (2)

Score: 7.36

61
14,993 members, 453 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: rarm (1), ahef1963 (3)

Score: 7.04

62
3,360 members, 251 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: craso (1), jjwilson61 (3)

Score: 7.04

63
1,936 members, 119 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: starfishian (1), sianpr (3)

Score: 7.04

64
1,818 members, 32 reviews
4.55 stars (4.55 stars)

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

Score: 7.04

65
1,204 members, 21 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: bethmariec (1), Kaffie (3)

Score: 7.04

66
923 members, 85 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: vwinsloe (1), njinthesun (3)

Score: 7.04

67
802 members, 45 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (1), soraki (3)

Score: 7.04

68
594 members, 106 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: lahochstetler (1), lauralkeet (3)

Score: 7.04

69
850 members, 72 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)

Lists: sturlington (1), seasonsoflove (4)

Score: 6.83

70
484 members, 24 reviews
3.68 stars (3.68 stars)

Lists: okeres (1), lorannen (4)

Score: 6.83

71
1,934 members, 124 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: chgstrom (2), JSWBooks (2)

Score: 6.73

Explanations:

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

72
13,868 members, 242 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (1), AmourFou (5)

Score: 6.68

73
10,219 members, 885 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: Cecrow (1), hipdeep (5)

Score: 6.68

74
1,682 members, 119 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: fannyprice (1), flips (5)

Score: 6.68

75
311 members, 23 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)

Lists: alice_the_goon (1), KimarieBee (5)

Score: 6.68

76
2,828 members, 235 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (2), mahsdad (3)

Score: 6.4

77
1,273 members, 116 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 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.

78
1,216 members, 62 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

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

Score: 6.4

79
43,744 members, 1,150 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: fajriy_arunna (1), bookwormelf (11)

Score: 6.2

80
10,317 members, 169 reviews
4.31 stars (4.31 stars)

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

Score: 6.19

82
1,764 members, 125 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: LAKobow (2), starfishian (4)

Score: 6.19

83
333 members, 31 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

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

Score: 6.19

84
156 members, 14 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

Lists: katiekrug (2), jonesli (4)

Score: 6.19

85
140 members, 7 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: greeneyed_ives (2), christina_reads (4)

Score: 6.19

86
1,148 members, 80 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: lindapanzo (3), Jim53 (3)

Score: 6.08

88
686 members, 39 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: k8_not_kate (3), katemcangus (3)

Score: 6.08

89
5,666 members, 407 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: hearshari (2), holly_golightly (5)

Score: 6.04

90
1,690 members, 78 reviews
3.51 stars (3.51 stars)

Lists: Laura1124 (2), EfEh (5)

Score: 6.04

92
10,993 members, 478 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: Kindleifier (3), miketopper (5)

Score: 5.71

93
1,549 members, 158 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: zhejw (3), njinthesun (5)

Score: 5.71

94
665 members, 50 reviews
3.6 stars (3.6 stars)

Lists: seasonsoflove (3), fannyprice (5)

Score: 5.71

95
5,469 members, 244 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: Wolfman08 (4), EllsieFind (4)

Score: 5.66

96
1,931 members, 182 reviews
3.55 stars (3.55 stars)

Lists: EfEh (4), katemcangus (4)

Score: 5.66

97
1,285 members, 51 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: bookwormelf (4), imyril (4)

Score: 5.66

98
1,146 members, 83 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)

99
907 members, 63 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 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)

100
8,805 members, 584 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: gtimcqueen (4), Minthe (5)

Score: 5.5

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