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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: To add a book to your list, click the "Add work to list" button in the upper-right corner. This will take you to a search box, where you can search by title, author, keyword, etc. Clicking on the title will add the book to your list. You can reorder your list over on the right-hand side, by dragging and dropping titles in the "Your list" section.

Members: 229 participating members (show all)

All members' list: [1] 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9Sort: Score | Title | Author | Date
1
11,403 members, 682 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 stars)

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

Score: 57.56

2
3,465 members, 229 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
5,194 members, 327 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: honkingcronk (1), beebeereads (1), lsh63 (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
2,963 members, 175 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: lauralkeet (1), debann6354 (1), katiekrug (1), kjgormley (1), dawnlovesbooks (2), Sharon.Flesher (2), lsh63 (2), asyouth (2), ultrabookgeek (3), susanna.fraser (5)

Score: 35.17

5
6,925 members, 560 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
2,461 members, 153 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
6,069 members, 484 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 stars)

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

Score: 28.01

8
2,601 members, 221 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

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

Score: 24.87

9
1,597 members, 92 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

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

Score: 23.96

10
4,649 members, 269 reviews
4.38 stars (4.38 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
3,043 members, 183 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

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

Score: 20.7

12
1,290 members, 74 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

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

Score: 19.85

13
4,376 members, 325 reviews
4.42 stars (4.42 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
1,614 members, 111 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

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

Score: 18.74

15
1,828 members, 67 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

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

Score: 17.87

16
2,293 members, 167 reviews
4.57 stars (4.57 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
162 members, 28 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

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

Score: 15.81

18
7,498 members, 297 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

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

Score: 15.1

19
1,663 members, 122 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

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

Score: 14.08

20
1,951 members, 112 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 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.

21
8,208 members, 401 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 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)

22
1,278 members, 68 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

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

Score: 12.91

23
11,316 members, 251 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

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

Score: 12.81

24
3,750 members, 315 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

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

Score: 12.38

25
1,388 members, 52 reviews
4.37 stars (4.37 stars)

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

Score: 11.91

26
6,513 members, 200 reviews
4.55 stars (4.55 stars)

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

Score: 11.36

27
3,047 members, 215 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

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

Score: 11.36

28
809 members, 39 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 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
12,549 members, 1,065 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
2,522 members, 186 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

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

Score: 10.4

32
218 members, 16 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

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

Score: 10.4

33
63,342 members, 1,240 reviews
4.38 stars (4.38 stars)

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

Score: 10.19

34
3,211 members, 372 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

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

Score: 10.19

35
11,592 members, 963 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

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

Score: 10.08

36
8,034 members, 486 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 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
5,676 members, 458 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

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

Score: 9.71

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

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

Score: 9.71

39
14,173 members, 421 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

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

Score: 9.66

40
886 members, 59 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

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

Score: 9.56

41
3,309 members, 229 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

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

Score: 9.4

42
7,993 members, 551 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

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

Score: 9.08

43
3,720 members, 296 reviews
3.46 stars (3.46 stars)

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

Score: 9.02

44
979 members, 55 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: Sharon.Flesher (3), lsh63 (3), myra.reads (4)

Score: 8.91

45
839 members, 44 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

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

Score: 8.91

46
816 members, 37 reviews
4.37 stars (4.37 stars)

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

Score: 8.88

47
5,307 members, 257 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 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
4,053 members, 280 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: asyouth (1), kgriffith (1)

Score: 8

50
2,266 members, 181 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: terran (1), Micheller7 (1)

Score: 8

51
2,079 members, 132 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)

Lists: marysneedle (1), Ilirwen (1)

Score: 8

52
1,841 members, 120 reviews
4.45 stars (4.45 stars)

Lists: charl08 (1), lorannen (1)

Score: 8

53
1,239 members, 82 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Lists: imyril (1), souloftherose (1)

Score: 8

54
858 members, 88 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: DeltaQueen50 (1), jeanned (1)

Score: 8

55
207 members, 7 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: rplinke (1), Dilara86 (1)

Score: 8

56
4,461 members, 290 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: krisa (1), ursula (2)

Score: 7.36

57
2,034 members, 107 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: chgstrom (1), pixiedark (2)

Score: 7.36

58
1,089 members, 53 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: artturnerjr (1), waitingtoderail (2)

Score: 7.36

59
377 members, 15 reviews
4.36 stars (4.36 stars)

Lists: jjwilson61 (1), davesmind (2)

Score: 7.36

60
177 members, 17 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: Jarandel (1), rarm (2)

Score: 7.36

61
16,057 members, 496 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: rarm (1), ahef1963 (3)

Score: 7.04

62
3,916 members, 279 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: craso (1), jjwilson61 (3)

Score: 7.04

63
2,234 members, 131 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: starfishian (1), sianpr (3)

Score: 7.04

64
2,006 members, 34 reviews
4.54 stars (4.54 stars)

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

Score: 7.04

65
1,255 members, 22 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: bethmariec (1), Kaffie (3)

Score: 7.04

66
1,046 members, 52 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (1), soraki (3)

Score: 7.04

67
1,002 members, 91 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: vwinsloe (1), njinthesun (3)

Score: 7.04

68
663 members, 113 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: lahochstetler (1), lauralkeet (3)

Score: 7.04

69
1,142 members, 93 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: sturlington (1), seasonsoflove (4)

Score: 6.83

70
621 members, 32 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)

Lists: okeres (1), lorannen (4)

Score: 6.83

71
2,405 members, 151 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: chgstrom (2), JSWBooks (2)

Score: 6.73

Explanations:

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

72
14,932 members, 268 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (1), AmourFou (5)

Score: 6.68

73
12,002 members, 991 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: Cecrow (1), hipdeep (5)

Score: 6.68

74
1,923 members, 135 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: fannyprice (1), flips (5)

Score: 6.68

75
398 members, 23 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: alice_the_goon (1), KimarieBee (5)

Score: 6.68

76
3,088 members, 242 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (2), mahsdad (3)

Score: 6.4

77
1,795 members, 169 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 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
45,158 members, 1,172 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: fajriy_arunna (1), bookwormelf (11)

Score: 6.2

79
10,999 members, 172 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

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

Score: 6.19

80
3,341 members, 203 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

Lists: beebeereads (2), Jim53 (4)

Score: 6.19

81
2,144 members, 141 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: LAKobow (2), starfishian (4)

Score: 6.19

82
426 members, 37 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

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

Score: 6.19

83
180 members, 11 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: greeneyed_ives (2), christina_reads (4)

Score: 6.19

84
179 members, 18 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: katiekrug (2), lsh63 (4)

Score: 6.19

85
1,360 members, 90 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: lindapanzo (3), Jim53 (3)

Score: 6.08

86
915 members, 50 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: k8_not_kate (3), katemcangus (3)

Score: 6.08

87
6,332 members, 433 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: hearshari (2), holly_golightly (5)

Score: 6.04

88
1,863 members, 83 reviews
3.51 stars (3.51 stars)

Lists: Laura1124 (2), EfEh (5)

Score: 6.04

89
1,113 members, 65 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: gtimcqueen (3), Cariola (4)

Score: 5.87

90
11,787 members, 511 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: Kindleifier (3), miketopper (5)

Score: 5.71

91
1,743 members, 182 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: zhejw (3), njinthesun (5)

Score: 5.71

92
808 members, 60 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: seasonsoflove (3), fannyprice (5)

Score: 5.71

93
5,762 members, 252 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: Wolfman08 (4), EllsieFind (4)

Score: 5.66

94
2,292 members, 209 reviews
3.56 stars (3.56 stars)

Lists: EfEh (4), katemcangus (4)

Score: 5.66

95
1,349 members, 55 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: bookwormelf (4), imyril (4)

Score: 5.66

96
1,341 members, 89 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)

97
1,084 members, 69 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)

98
10,214 members, 645 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: gtimcqueen (4), Minthe (5)

Score: 5.5

99
2,143 members, 93 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

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

Score: 5.5

100
1,999 members, 84 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: kaixo (4), maritimer (5)

Score: 5.5

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Type: Numbered

Limit: 5 books

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