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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: 229 participating members (show all)

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1
8,883 members, 587 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 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
2,514 members, 178 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
3,465 members, 236 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
1,958 members, 120 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 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
1,839 members, 127 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

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

Score: 28.62

6
4,376 members, 372 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

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

Score: 28.01

7
5,271 members, 454 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

8
1,958 members, 190 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
2,368 members, 202 reviews
4.45 stars (4.45 stars)

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

Score: 23.74

Explanations:

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

10
3,305 members, 203 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)

11
2,197 members, 155 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
1,156 members, 68 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

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

Score: 19.96

13
1,017 members, 58 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

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

Score: 19.21

14
1,120 members, 87 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

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

Score: 18.41

15
1,302 members, 57 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

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

Score: 17.87

16
1,393 members, 129 reviews
4.6 stars (4.6 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
140 members, 25 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: Redheadlib (2), kgriffith (2), ablachly (2), ClaudaJB (4), timspalding (5)

Score: 15.59

18
7,404 members, 294 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: Euryale (2), LoisCK (3), bookwormelf (3), kristenl (4), ClaudaJB (5)

Score: 14.95

19
1,226 members, 91 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

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

Score: 14.08

20
2,444 members, 174 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

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

Score: 14.04

21
1,310 members, 69 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
6,804 members, 373 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
10,384 members, 232 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

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

Score: 12.81

24
5,886 members, 173 reviews
4.56 stars (4.56 stars)

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

Score: 11.36

25
691 members, 37 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

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

Score: 11.36

26
22 members, 3 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

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

Score: 10.73

27
10,547 members, 974 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)

28
1,349 members, 100 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

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

Score: 10.4

29
148 members, 13 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

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

Score: 10.4

30
58,021 members, 1,159 reviews
4.39 stars (4.39 stars)

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

Score: 10.19

31
1,972 members, 283 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

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

Score: 10.19

32
9,166 members, 818 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

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

Score: 10.08

33
7,474 members, 465 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)

34
921 members, 57 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

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

Score: 9.87

35
4,890 members, 416 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

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

Score: 9.71

36
167 members, 10 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

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

Score: 9.71

37
13,130 members, 395 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

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

Score: 9.66

38
2,863 members, 261 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

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

Score: 9.56

39
609 members, 39 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

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

Score: 9.56

40
2,315 members, 196 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

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

Score: 9.4

41
921 members, 38 reviews
4.35 stars (4.35 stars)

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

Score: 9.23

42
7,155 members, 508 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

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

Score: 9.08

43
6,027 members, 340 reviews
3.62 stars (3.62 stars)

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

Score: 9.02

44
754 members, 44 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

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

Score: 8.91

45
609 members, 36 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

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

Score: 8.91

46
504 members, 24 reviews
4.48 stars (4.48 stars)

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

Score: 8.88

47
4,703 members, 238 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
2,677 members, 208 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: asyouth (1), kgriffith (1)

Score: 8

50
1,493 members, 143 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: terran (1), Micheller7 (1)

Score: 8

51
1,409 members, 94 reviews
4.41 stars (4.41 stars)

Lists: charl08 (1), lorannen (1)

Score: 8

52
1,363 members, 102 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

Lists: marysneedle (1), Ilirwen (1)

Score: 8

53
783 members, 84 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: DeltaQueen50 (1), jeanned (1)

Score: 8

54
647 members, 42 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

Lists: imyril (1), souloftherose (1)

Score: 8

55
158 members, 7 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: rplinke (1), Dilara86 (1)

Score: 8

56
3,922 members, 271 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: krisa (1), ursula (2)

Score: 7.36

57
1,416 members, 87 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: chgstrom (1), pixiedark (2)

Score: 7.36

58
767 members, 40 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: artturnerjr (1), waitingtoderail (2)

Score: 7.36

59
274 members, 10 reviews
4.35 stars (4.35 stars)

Lists: jjwilson61 (1), davesmind (2)

Score: 7.36

60
114 members, 13 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: Jarandel (1), rarm (2)

Score: 7.36

61
14,496 members, 437 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: rarm (1), ahef1963 (3)

Score: 7.04

62
3,214 members, 242 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: craso (1), jjwilson61 (3)

Score: 7.04

63
1,828 members, 113 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: starfishian (1), sianpr (3)

Score: 7.04

64
1,754 members, 30 reviews
4.55 stars (4.55 stars)

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

Score: 7.04

65
1,163 members, 21 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: bethmariec (1), Kaffie (3)

Score: 7.04

66
955 members, 81 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: vwinsloe (1), njinthesun (3)

Score: 7.04

67
719 members, 42 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (1), soraki (3)

Score: 7.04

68
560 members, 104 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: lahochstetler (1), lauralkeet (3)

Score: 7.04

69
731 members, 58 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: sturlington (1), seasonsoflove (4)

Score: 6.83

70
438 members, 19 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)

Lists: okeres (1), lorannen (4)

Score: 6.83

71
1,639 members, 109 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
13,437 members, 232 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (1), AmourFou (5)

Score: 6.68

73
9,435 members, 834 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: Cecrow (1), hipdeep (5)

Score: 6.68

74
1,609 members, 115 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: fannyprice (1), flips (5)

Score: 6.68

75
277 members, 19 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: alice_the_goon (1), KimarieBee (5)

Score: 6.68

76
2,673 members, 231 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (2), mahsdad (3)

Score: 6.4

77
1,079 members, 52 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

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

Score: 6.4

78
1,046 members, 95 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 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.

79
43,078 members, 1,143 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: fajriy_arunna (1), bookwormelf (11)

Score: 6.2

80
10,015 members, 167 reviews
4.31 stars (4.31 stars)

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

Score: 6.19

82
1,737 members, 106 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: LAKobow (2), starfishian (4)

Score: 6.19

83
295 members, 26 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

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

Score: 6.19

84
150 members, 12 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: katiekrug (2), jonesli (4)

Score: 6.19

85
105 members, 6 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: greeneyed_ives (2), christina_reads (4)

Score: 6.19

86
993 members, 77 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: lindapanzo (3), Jim53 (3)

Score: 6.08

87
944 members, 48 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: davesmind (3), azrowan (3)

Score: 6.08

88
601 members, 34 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: k8_not_kate (3), katemcangus (3)

Score: 6.08

89
5,361 members, 398 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: hearshari (2), holly_golightly (5)

Score: 6.04

90
1,613 members, 75 reviews
3.5 stars (3.5 stars)

Lists: Laura1124 (2), EfEh (5)

Score: 6.04

91
821 members, 56 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: gtimcqueen (3), Cariola (4)

Score: 5.87

92
10,746 members, 461 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: Kindleifier (3), miketopper (5)

Score: 5.71

93
1,417 members, 146 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: zhejw (3), njinthesun (5)

Score: 5.71

94
579 members, 47 reviews
3.59 stars (3.59 stars)

Lists: seasonsoflove (3), fannyprice (5)

Score: 5.71

95
5,343 members, 238 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: Wolfman08 (4), EllsieFind (4)

Score: 5.66

96
1,717 members, 169 reviews
3.58 stars (3.58 stars)

Lists: EfEh (4), katemcangus (4)

Score: 5.66

97
1,289 members, 50 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: bookwormelf (4), imyril (4)

Score: 5.66

98
1,040 members, 74 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 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
832 members, 60 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 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
8,306 members, 563 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: gtimcqueen (4), Minthe (5)

Score: 5.5

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