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Top Five Books of 2017

Description: What are your top five reads for 2017? These books DO NOT need to have been published in 2017. See the annual blog post for staff favorites: . Join the discussion on Talk 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: 227 participating members (show all)

All members' list: [1] 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9Sort: Score | Title | Author | Date
1
4,240 members, 316 reviews
4.42 stars (4.42 stars)

Lists: BBleil (1), Anashana (1), cataloga (1), Tess_W (1), IngerH (1), agjuba (1), sleedev (1), LisaSHarvey (1), kristenl (1), VintageReader (1), azrowan (1)9 more, lindapanzo (1), Devlindusty (1), hazel1123 (1), clue (1), snora (1), cawcat333 (2), karenmarie (2), krazy4katz (2), This-n-That (2)

Score: 77.45

Explanations:

agjuba (1): This is perhaps my all-time favorite book -- the writing is smart and clever, the characters are beautifully fleshed-out, and the premise is unusual.

2
3,603 members, 233 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy (1), cawcat333 (1), zhejw (1), feeling.is.first (1), debnance (1), karenmarie (1), davidabrams (1), RiversideReader (2), LisaSHarvey (2), bibliotess (2), melmore (3)5 more, Devlindusty (3), ErinDenver (3), maritimer (4), bjappleg8 (4), jtoneill0 (5)

Score: 55.54

Explanations:

RiversideReader (2): Exceptional, brilliant!

3
3,968 members, 220 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: Bellettres (1), angiestahl (1), carol.iam (1), dawnlovesbooks (1), KatyBee (2), Devlindusty (2), Micheller7 (2), worldisquiet (3), cawcat333 (3), LisaSHarvey (3), fannyprice (5)

Score: 37.88

4
1,094 members, 74 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: worldisquiet (1), Emmay (1), RidgewayGirl (1), yalliejane (1), missizicks (1), PatsyMurray (1), JenMDB (2), Parker51 (2), Cait86 (4), BLBera (4)

Score: 36.38

Explanations:

missizicks (1): This is as close to perfect as a book gets for me.

PatsyMurray (1): This is the year I discovered Ali Smith.

5
5,809 members, 207 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: wildtusker (1), moonwatcher (1), hihopehere (1), MTCDBIBLIO (1), blkrk4000 (1), worldisquiet (2), bugaderes39 (2), feeling.is.first (2), karenmarie (5), elphie93 (5)

Score: 35.44

6
4,491 members, 184 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: amanda4242 (1), bookworm12 (1), armysquirrel (2), Storeetllr (2), feeling.is.first (3), worldisquiet (4), carol.iam (4), Annie_Arnott (5)

Score: 26.1

7
2,747 members, 195 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

Lists: bjappleg8 (1), krazy4katz (1), This-n-That (1), beebeereads (2), vwinsloe (2), souloftherose (2), cawcat333 (4)

Score: 24.92

8
2,299 members, 142 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: dmofnd (1), njinthesun (2), ErinDenver (2), N1na (2), BLBera (3), lauralkeet (5), cawcat333 (5)

Score: 22.48

9
1,800 members, 149 reviews
4.4 stars (4.4 stars)

Lists: Jumpball (1), amerynth (1), IsolaBlue (1), RidgewayGirl (2), hazel1123 (2), Devlindusty (4)

Score: 21.56

10
5,169 members, 230 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: ClaudaJB (1), timetunnel (2), bookwoman84 (2), armysquirrel (3), mooingzelda (3), Soupdragon (4)

Score: 19.63

11
2,221 members, 142 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: Simone2 (1), revbean (1), RidgewayGirl (3), N1na (4), beebeereads (4), ErinDenver (5)

Score: 19.37

12
2,822 members, 169 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: beebeereads (1), dawnlovesbooks (2), angiestahl (3), yalliejane (4), Devlindusty (5), kgriffith (5)

Score: 18.58

13
1,911 members, 138 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: ashmolean1 (1), Lapsus16 (1), seasonsoflove (1), raidergirl3 (2), lindapanzo (3)

Score: 18.4

14
6,245 members, 431 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: janeprichard (1), amforker (1), PaperbackPirate (1), ashmolean1 (2), worldisquiet (5)

Score: 18.04

15
4,517 members, 239 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: dchaikin (1), kara.shamy (2), carol.iam (2), Laura1124 (3), Mirabelle (3)

Score: 16.81

Explanations:

dchaikin (1): I love the whole series, my favorite books in a long time. I was swept away.

16
1,774 members, 118 reviews
4.45 stars (4.45 stars)

Lists: eo206 (1), ClaudaJB (2), _Zoe_ (2), greeneyed_ives (4), souloftherose (4)

Score: 16.38

17
2,540 members, 164 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: Capybara_99 (1), ClaudaJB (3), ashmolean1 (3), SBoren (3), beebeereads (5)

Score: 15.79

18
3,091 members, 150 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: lauralkeet (1), SBoren (2), mahsdad (3), chwiggy (4), Cali_T (6)

Score: 15.79

19
1,661 members, 158 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: debnance (2), clue (2), kristenl (3), mdexter (4), ReluctantTechie (5)

Score: 15.27

20
3,649 members, 309 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: AnnabelHart (1), Storeetllr (1), peatr (1), virginiahomeschooler (3)

Score: 15.04

Explanations:

peatr (1): first time in years I have been totally excited and shocked and shaken by a book! stunning.

21
1,372 members, 116 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: generalkala (1), BoundTogetherForGood (1), lahochstetler (1), kara.shamy (3)

Score: 15.04

Explanations:

BoundTogetherForGood (1): I was riveted by this tragic telling of the devastation that befell these young American women.

22
6,773 members, 545 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: plaugher (1), nx74defiant (2), foggidawn (3), ClaudaJB (4)

Score: 13.23

23
4,300 members, 280 reviews
4.48 stars (4.48 stars)

Lists: SBoren (1), debnance (3), kgriffith (3), norabelle414 (4)

Score: 12.91

24
4,312 members, 258 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: Ling.Lass (1), KimarieBee (2), ClaudaJB (5), christina_reads (5)

Score: 12.71

25
5,077 members, 314 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: sturlington (1), TessaSlingerland (3), feeling.is.first (4), chwiggy (5)

Score: 12.54

26
1,786 members, 95 reviews
3.69 stars (3.69 stars)

Lists: Micheller7 (1), dawnlovesbooks (3), LisaSHarvey (4), BLBera (5)

Score: 12.54

27
517 members, 125 reviews
3.45 stars (3.45 stars)

Lists: sturlington (2), fannyprice (3), ErinDenver (4), Capybara_99 (4)

Score: 12.06

28
10,305 members, 228 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: Ling.Lass (3), ashmolean1 (4), lahochstetler (4), JISimpson (4)

Score: 11.53

29
3,127 members, 125 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: sundance (1), chgstrom (1), hazel1123 (3)

Score: 11.04

30
710 members, 73 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: Annie_Arnott (1), greeneyed_ives (1), christina_reads (4)

Score: 10.83

31
383 members, 44 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: bibliotess (1), Bookmarque (1), RidgewayGirl (4)

Score: 10.83

32
2,196 members, 127 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: jeanned (1), hoddybook (2), rstaedter (3)

Score: 10.4

33
3,627 members, 196 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: vwinsloe (1), mooingzelda (2), TempleCat (4)

Score: 10.19

34
2,419 members, 82 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: rsa (1), shaunie (2), bookwoman84 (4)

Score: 10.19

35
1,439 members, 64 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: rarm (1), BLBera (2), LDVoorberg (4)

Score: 10.19

36
2,917 members, 161 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: dehelen (1), krazy4katz (3), beebeereads (3)

Score: 10.08

37
746 members, 34 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: yoyogod (1), melmore (2), feeling.is.first (5)

Score: 10.04

38
19,309 members, 337 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

Lists: pedro.pessoa (1), Minthe (3), carol.iam (5)

Score: 9.71

39
2,534 members, 217 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: heidialice (1), carol.iam (3), Capybara_99 (5)

Score: 9.71

Explanations:

heidialice (1): A beautifully lyrical meditation on family, relationships and how they change over time and aging. A timeless, utterly believable, faltering voice, Lucy is naive and childlike in so many ways, yet incredibly perceptive when it comes to observing other people and their inner struggles.… (more)

40
1,282 members, 74 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: kjgormley (1), KatyBee (4), dehelen (5)

Score: 9.5

41
1,652 members, 78 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

Lists: yalliejane (2), jtoneill0 (3), shaunie (4)

Score: 9.23

42
1,161 members, 53 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: timetunnel (3), sturlington (3), KatyBee (5)

Score: 8.75

43
7,990 members, 549 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: kjgormley (3), sipthereader (4), Ling.Lass (4)

Score: 8.7

44
1,001 members, 62 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: lauralkeet (3), Simone2 (4), bibliotess (4)

Score: 8.7

45
5,210 members, 113 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

Lists: bjappleg8 (3), LisaSHarvey (5), dchaikin (5)

Score: 8.39

46
2,434 members, 73 reviews
4.36 stars (4.36 stars)

Lists: bearymore (1), FAMeulstee (1)

Score: 8

Explanations:

bearymore (1): Absolutely a classic. Very moving, a modern War and Peace.

47
627 members, 46 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: flying_monkeys (1), Euryale (1)

Score: 8

48
30,101 members, 415 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: shaunie (1), Annie_Arnott (2)

Score: 7.36

49
18,280 members, 821 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: serhatx (1), Annie_Arnott (3)

Score: 7.04

50
3,740 members, 263 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: flips (1), KimarieBee (3)

Score: 7.04

51
2,178 members, 161 reviews
4.58 stars (4.58 stars)

Lists: ReluctantTechie (1), vwinsloe (3)

Score: 7.04

Explanations:

ReluctantTechie (1): A well-written narrative about injustice in our judicial system that I was not aware of. It was also an inspiring example of personal commitment and activism.… (more)

52
880 members, 62 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: elphie93 (1), KatyBee (3)

Score: 7.04

53
823 members, 66 reviews
4.67 stars (4.67 stars)

Lists: raidergirl3 (1), Storeetllr (3)

Score: 7.04

54
11,147 members, 151 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: Wolfman08 (1), Annie_Arnott (4)

Score: 6.83

55
842 members, 35 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: lanewillson (1), davidabrams (4)

Score: 6.83

56
509 members, 11 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: cometahalley (1), Jambyfool (4)

Score: 6.83

57
446 members, 16 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: kgriffith (1), flying_monkeys (4)

Score: 6.83

58
200 members, 12 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: fowlie (1), SBoren (4)

Score: 6.83

59
8,858 members, 119 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: sundance (2), FAMeulstee (2)

Score: 6.73

60
1,209 members, 91 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: Simone2 (2), maritimer (2)

Score: 6.73

61
11,819 members, 976 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: KerryD1971 (1), chgstrom (5)

Score: 6.68

62
4,421 members, 127 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: kristilabrie (1), anglemark (5)

Score: 6.68

63
4,313 members, 290 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: virginiahomeschooler (1), tina1969 (5)

Score: 6.68

64
3,052 members, 241 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: sipthereader (1), sturlington (5)

Score: 6.68

65
2,651 members, 143 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)

Lists: gilroy (1), lottpoet (5)

Score: 6.68

66
1,039 members, 37 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: BLBera (1), bugaderes39 (5)

Score: 6.68

67
472 members, 12 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)

Lists: VW_Williams (1), booksinbed (5)

Score: 6.68

68
455 members, 25 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: timspalding (1), RidgewayGirl (5)

Score: 6.68

69
337 members, 20 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: ablachly (1), norabelle414 (5)

Score: 6.68

70
8,949 members, 201 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: missizicks (2), shaunie (3)

Score: 6.4

Explanations:

missizicks (2): This book blew me away with its tenderness and sadness.

71
4,170 members, 240 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: kristenl (2), lanewillson (3)

Score: 6.4

73
259 members, 10 reviews
4.34 stars (4.34 stars)

Lists: Jumpball (2), greeneyed_ives (3)

Score: 6.4

74
75 members, 5 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: kjgormley (2), yalliejane (3)

Score: 6.4

75
3,070 members, 358 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: kamoorephoto (2), virginiahomeschooler (4)

Score: 6.19

76
2,385 members, 96 reviews
4.42 stars (4.42 stars)

Lists: virginiahomeschooler (2), Tess_W (4)

Score: 6.19

77
864 members, 55 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: VW_Williams (2), revbean (4)

Score: 6.19

78
838 members, 76 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: flying_monkeys (2), ca.bookwyrm (4)

Score: 6.19

79
738 members, 61 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: angiestahl (2), njinthesun (4)

Score: 6.19

80
496 members, 34 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: norabelle414 (2), ablachly (4)

Score: 6.19

81
482 members, 53 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: greeneyed_ives (2), ReluctantTechie (4)

Score: 6.19

82
4,181 members, 295 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: BoundTogetherForGood (3), bibliotess (3)

Score: 6.08

Explanations:

BoundTogetherForGood (3): This book visits the life of a quirky young woman. The reader is allowed to watch as her life begins to transform into one of greater awareness and occasional delight.… (more)

83
1,674 members, 98 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: Euryale (3), raidergirl3 (3)

Score: 6.08

84
526 members, 11 reviews
4.51 stars (4.51 stars)

Lists: bearymore (3), jillmwo (3)

Score: 6.08

85
7,895 members, 490 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

Lists: cometahalley (2), kristilabrie (5)

Score: 6.04

86
638 members, 53 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

Lists: Euryale (2), bookwoman84 (5)

Score: 6.04

87
312 members, 16 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: briarhills (2), souloftherose (5)

Score: 6.04

88
8,699 members, 132 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

Lists: Tinuvia (3), jtoneill0 (4)

Score: 5.87

89
1,553 members, 133 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: TempleCat (3), timetunnel (4)

Score: 5.87

90
1,286 members, 112 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: JayHurst (3), kara.shamy (4)

Score: 5.87

91
1,944 members, 91 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: bcrowl399 (3), ca.bookwyrm (5)

Score: 5.71

92
761 members, 42 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: terran (3), njinthesun (5)

Score: 5.71

93
615 members, 64 reviews
3.26 stars (3.26 stars)

Lists: seasonsoflove (3), SBoren (5)

Score: 5.71

94
213 members, 49 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: lahochstetler (3), This-n-That (5)

Score: 5.71

95
6,518 members, 595 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: angiestahl (4), BoundTogetherForGood (4)

Score: 5.66

Explanations:

BoundTogetherForGood (4): A story for story-lovers. It's all the nicer because it revolves around a mysterious bookstore.

96
1,191 members, 75 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Lists: elphie93 (4), mooingzelda (4)

Score: 5.66

97
1,129 members, 57 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: pan0ramix (4), fannyprice (4)

Score: 5.66

98
752 members, 62 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: lindapanzo (4), debnance (4)

Score: 5.66

99
10,050 members, 630 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: yalliejane (5), KerryD1971 (5)

Score: 5.35

100
64,016 members, 1,133 reviews
4.41 stars (4.41 stars)

Lists: alaskaEditor (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

alaskaEditor (1): A classic that I'd never read but finally got around to when a neighbor handed me this and the parody, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Read 'em both and loved them.… (more)

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Started by: lorannen (December 2017)

Type: Numbered

Limit: 5 books

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