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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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6,804 members, 471 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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1,729 members, 134 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 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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1,706 members, 117 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 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
967 members, 67 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
1,061 members, 77 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 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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2,701 members, 238 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 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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4,066 members, 379 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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2,350 members, 151 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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1,365 members, 148 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

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

Score: 20.87

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839 members, 56 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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797 members, 74 reviews
4.42 stars (4.42 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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1,555 members, 120 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

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

Score: 16.7

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772 members, 50 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

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

Score: 15.85

14
633 members, 64 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

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

Score: 15.37

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977 members, 73 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

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

Score: 14.08

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1,871 members, 144 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

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

Score: 14.04

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865 members, 43 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

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

Score: 13.87

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873 members, 99 reviews
4.57 stars (4.57 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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728 members, 42 reviews
3.58 stars (3.58 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
5,834 members, 330 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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89 members, 22 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

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

Score: 12.77

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16 members, 3 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

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

Score: 10.73

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9,165 members, 901 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)

24
696 members, 50 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

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

Score: 10.4

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94 members, 7 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

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

Score: 10.4

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54,066 members, 1,095 reviews
4.4 stars (4.4 stars)

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

Score: 10.19

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1,015 members, 201 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

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

Score: 10.19

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7,198 members, 693 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

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

Score: 10.08

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631 members, 43 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

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

Score: 9.87

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4,113 members, 371 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

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

Score: 9.71

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73 members, 5 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

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

Score: 9.71

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2,042 members, 193 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

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

Score: 9.56

33
396 members, 29 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

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

Score: 9.56

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9,608 members, 220 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

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

Score: 9.44

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1,477 members, 143 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

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

Score: 9.4

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6,896 members, 271 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

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

Score: 9.23

37
753 members, 32 reviews
4.35 stars (4.35 stars)

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

Score: 9.23

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6,616 members, 483 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

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

Score: 9.08

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3,364 members, 217 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)

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

Score: 9.02

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520 members, 30 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

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

Score: 8.91

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347 members, 23 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

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

Score: 8.91

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299 members, 13 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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5,491 members, 157 reviews
4.56 stars (4.56 stars)

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

Score: 8

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2,100 members, 171 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: asyouth (1), kgriffith (1)

Score: 8

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932 members, 64 reviews
4.35 stars (4.35 stars)

Lists: charl08 (1), lorannen (1)

Score: 8

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828 members, 67 reviews
3.59 stars (3.59 stars)

Lists: marysneedle (1), MilliLinnea (1)

Score: 8

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728 members, 83 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: DeltaQueen50 (1), jeanned (1)

Score: 8

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698 members, 85 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Lists: terran (1), Micheller7 (1)

Score: 8

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212 members, 7 reviews
4.31 stars (4.31 stars)

Lists: imyril (1), souloftherose (1)

Score: 8

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123 members, 7 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: rplinke (1), Dilara86 (1)

Score: 8

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3,631 members, 257 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: krisa (1), ursula (2)

Score: 7.36

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867 members, 51 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: chgstrom (1), pixiedark (2)

Score: 7.36

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606 members, 32 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

Lists: cbl_tn (1), DeltaQueen50 (2)

Score: 7.36

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437 members, 24 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: artturnerjr (1), waitingtoderail (2)

Score: 7.36

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191 members, 7 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: jjwilson61 (1), davesmind (2)

Score: 7.36

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69 members, 9 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: Jarandel (1), rarm (2)

Score: 7.36

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13,446 members, 397 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: rarm (1), ahef1963 (3)

Score: 7.04

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7,012 members, 447 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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2,634 members, 211 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: craso (1), jjwilson61 (3)

Score: 7.04

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1,606 members, 27 reviews
4.55 stars (4.55 stars)

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

Score: 7.04

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1,401 members, 99 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: starfishian (1), sianpr (3)

Score: 7.04

63
1,081 members, 17 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: bethmariec (1), Kaffie (3)

Score: 7.04

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714 members, 72 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: vwinsloe (1), njinthesun (3)

Score: 7.04

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471 members, 99 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

Lists: lahochstetler (1), lauralkeet (3)

Score: 7.04

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446 members, 27 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (1), soraki (3)

Score: 7.04

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12,433 members, 368 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: hearshari (1), conceptDawg (4)

Score: 6.83

68
472 members, 44 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: sturlington (1), seasonsoflove (4)

Score: 6.83

69
323 members, 15 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: okeres (1), lorannen (4)

Score: 6.83

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963 members, 75 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: chgstrom (2), JSWBooks (2)

Score: 6.73

Explanations:

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

71
6,941 members, 677 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: Cecrow (1), hipdeep (5)

Score: 6.68

72
177 members, 14 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: alice_the_goon (1), KimarieBee (5)

Score: 6.68

73
2,327 members, 213 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (2), mahsdad (3)

Score: 6.4

74
585 members, 36 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

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

Score: 6.4

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517 members, 51 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 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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41,092 members, 1,102 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: fajriy_arunna (1), bookwormelf (11)

Score: 6.2

77
9,309 members, 156 reviews
4.31 stars (4.31 stars)

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

Score: 6.19

79
1,072 members, 68 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: LAKobow (2), starfishian (4)

Score: 6.19

80
151 members, 11 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

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

Score: 6.19

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

Lists: katiekrug (2), jonesli (4)

Score: 6.19

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

Lists: greeneyed_ives (2), christina_reads (4)

Score: 6.19

83
670 members, 37 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

Lists: davesmind (3), azrowan (3)

Score: 6.08

84
638 members, 52 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 stars)

Lists: lindapanzo (3), Jim53 (3)

Score: 6.08

85
331 members, 18 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: k8_not_kate (3), katemcangus (3)

Score: 6.08

86
4,622 members, 354 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: hearshari (2), holly_golightly (5)

Score: 6.04

87
4,300 members, 222 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: amerynth (2), mooingzelda (5)

Score: 6.04

88
1,384 members, 69 reviews
3.5 stars (3.5 stars)

Lists: Laura1124 (2), EfEh (5)

Score: 6.04

89
464 members, 34 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: gtimcqueen (3), Cariola (4)

Score: 5.87

90
9,968 members, 431 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: Kindleifier (3), miketopper (5)

Score: 5.71

91
1,013 members, 108 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: zhejw (3), njinthesun (5)

Score: 5.71

92
5,117 members, 225 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: Wolfman08 (4), EllsieFind (4)

Score: 5.66

93
1,225 members, 49 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: bookwormelf (4), imyril (4)

Score: 5.66

94
1,091 members, 116 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)

Lists: EfEh (4), katemcangus (4)

Score: 5.66

95
783 members, 56 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 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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542 members, 39 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 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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1,393 members, 67 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: kaixo (4), maritimer (5)

Score: 5.5

98
998 members, 50 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

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

Score: 5.5

99
334 members, 24 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: Euryale (4), jeanned (5)

Score: 5.5

100
2,706 members, 232 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: rosylibrarian (5), ahef1963 (5)

Score: 5.35

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