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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)

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1
14,318 members, 761 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
4,819 members, 272 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
7,054 members, 397 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 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
4,224 members, 235 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 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
8,964 members, 681 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
3,004 members, 175 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
8,077 members, 565 reviews
4.31 stars (4.31 stars)

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

Score: 28.01

8
3,050 members, 246 reviews
3.69 stars (3.69 stars)

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

Score: 24.87

9
2,016 members, 116 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
6,221 members, 328 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
3,672 members, 219 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

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

Score: 20.7

12
1,513 members, 88 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

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

Score: 19.85

13
6,550 members, 429 reviews
4.4 stars (4.4 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
2,014 members, 137 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

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

Score: 18.74

15
2,322 members, 84 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

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

Score: 17.87

16
3,402 members, 219 reviews
4.59 stars (4.59 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
179 members, 28 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

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

Score: 15.81

18
7,712 members, 304 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

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

Score: 15.1

19
2,211 members, 157 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

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

Score: 14.08

20
2,380 members, 150 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 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
9,656 members, 452 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)

22
1,520 members, 79 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

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

Score: 12.91

23
4,491 members, 458 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: mahsdad (1), seasonsoflove (2), avanders (4), RBeffa (5)

Score: 12.87

24
12,316 members, 260 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

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

Score: 12.81

25
4,474 members, 354 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

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

Score: 12.38

26
1,827 members, 66 reviews
4.35 stars (4.35 stars)

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

Score: 11.91

27
3,663 members, 245 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

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

Score: 11.36

28
902 members, 41 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

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

Score: 11.36

29
28 members, 3 reviews
4.5 stars (4.5 stars)

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

Score: 10.73

30
14,869 members, 1,161 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 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
3,771 members, 264 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

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

Score: 10.4

32
279 members, 17 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

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

Score: 10.4

33
69,443 members, 1,345 reviews
4.38 stars (4.38 stars)

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

Score: 10.19

35
14,446 members, 1,115 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

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

Score: 10.08

36
8,741 members, 506 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
6,280 members, 476 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

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

Score: 9.71

38
302 members, 18 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

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

Score: 9.71

39
15,334 members, 441 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

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

Score: 9.66

40
1,114 members, 67 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

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

Score: 9.56

41
4,311 members, 272 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

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

Score: 9.4

42
8,999 members, 583 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

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

Score: 9.08

43
10,891 members, 508 reviews
3.42 stars (3.42 stars)

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

Score: 9.02

44
1,052 members, 49 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

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

Score: 8.91

45
1,202 members, 53 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

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

Score: 8.88

46
6,025 members, 280 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

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

Score: 8.71

47
4 members, 0 reviews

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

Score: 8.25

48
6,818 members, 384 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: asyouth (1), kgriffith (1)

Score: 8

49
2,897 members, 199 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: terran (1), Micheller7 (1)

Score: 8

50
2,718 members, 160 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

Lists: marysneedle (1), Ilirwen (1)

Score: 8

51
2,313 members, 143 reviews
4.46 stars (4.46 stars)

Lists: charl08 (1), lorannen (1)

Score: 8

52
1,891 members, 123 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: imyril (1), souloftherose (1)

Score: 8

53
925 members, 89 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: DeltaQueen50 (1), jeanned (1)

Score: 8

54
262 members, 10 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: rplinke (1), Dilara86 (1)

Score: 8

55
7,361 members, 217 reviews
4.54 stars (4.54 stars)

Lists: lindapanzo (1), AmourFou (2)

Score: 7.36

56
4,832 members, 302 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: krisa (1), ursula (2)

Score: 7.36

57
2,675 members, 127 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: chgstrom (1), pixiedark (2)

Score: 7.36

58
1,399 members, 60 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: artturnerjr (1), waitingtoderail (2)

Score: 7.36

59
493 members, 17 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: jjwilson61 (1), davesmind (2)

Score: 7.36

60
243 members, 19 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: Jarandel (1), rarm (2)

Score: 7.36

61
18,072 members, 547 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: rarm (1), ahef1963 (3)

Score: 7.04

62
5,596 members, 276 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

Lists: Ape (1), ManWithAnAgenda (3)

Score: 7.04

63
4,669 members, 309 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: craso (1), jjwilson61 (3)

Score: 7.04

64
2,579 members, 142 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: starfishian (1), sianpr (3)

Score: 7.04

65
2,284 members, 38 reviews
4.57 stars (4.57 stars)

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

Score: 7.04

66
1,367 members, 25 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: bethmariec (1), Kaffie (3)

Score: 7.04

67
1,259 members, 59 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (1), soraki (3)

Score: 7.04

68
1,155 members, 97 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: vwinsloe (1), njinthesun (3)

Score: 7.04

69
729 members, 113 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: lahochstetler (1), lauralkeet (3)

Score: 7.04

70
1,557 members, 119 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: sturlington (1), seasonsoflove (4)

Score: 6.83

71
776 members, 41 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)

Lists: okeres (1), lorannen (4)

Score: 6.83

72
3,299 members, 190 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: chgstrom (2), JSWBooks (2)

Score: 6.73

Explanations:

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

73
16,936 members, 314 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (1), AmourFou (5)

Score: 6.68

74
14,906 members, 1,129 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: Cecrow (1), hipdeep (5)

Score: 6.68

75
2,309 members, 161 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: fannyprice (1), flips (5)

Score: 6.68

76
453 members, 29 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

Lists: alice_the_goon (1), KimarieBee (5)

Score: 6.68

77
3,480 members, 260 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (2), mahsdad (3)

Score: 6.4

78
2,548 members, 231 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 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
48,116 members, 1,234 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: fajriy_arunna (1), bookwormelf (11)

Score: 6.2

80
12,156 members, 181 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

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

Score: 6.19

81
2,718 members, 167 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: LAKobow (2), starfishian (4)

Score: 6.19

82
2,414 members, 105 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (2), agjuba (4)

Score: 6.19

83
511 members, 45 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

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

Score: 6.19

84
227 members, 13 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: greeneyed_ives (2), christina_reads (4)

Score: 6.19

85
201 members, 20 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: katiekrug (2), lsh63 (4)

Score: 6.19

86
1,720 members, 109 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: lindapanzo (3), Jim53 (3)

Score: 6.08

87
1,192 members, 76 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: k8_not_kate (3), katemcangus (3)

Score: 6.08

88
1,155 members, 64 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: Sharon.Flesher (3), lsh63 (3)

Score: 6.08

89
7,372 members, 475 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: hearshari (2), holly_golightly (5)

Score: 6.04

90
2,138 members, 90 reviews
3.49 stars (3.49 stars)

Lists: Laura1124 (2), EfEh (5)

Score: 6.04

91
1,354 members, 75 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: gtimcqueen (3), Cariola (4)

Score: 5.87

92
13,110 members, 563 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: Kindleifier (3), miketopper (5)

Score: 5.71

93
2,030 members, 201 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: zhejw (3), njinthesun (5)

Score: 5.71

94
987 members, 67 reviews
3.6 stars (3.6 stars)

Lists: seasonsoflove (3), fannyprice (5)

Score: 5.71

95
6,205 members, 270 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: Wolfman08 (4), EllsieFind (4)

Score: 5.66

96
2,781 members, 229 reviews
3.56 stars (3.56 stars)

Lists: EfEh (4), katemcangus (4)

Score: 5.66

97
1,638 members, 98 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)

98
1,397 members, 58 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: bookwormelf (4), imyril (4)

Score: 5.66

99
12,239 members, 719 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: gtimcqueen (4), Minthe (5)

Score: 5.5

100
2,679 members, 117 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

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

Score: 5.5

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Started by: lorannen (December 2016)

Type: Numbered

Limit: 5 books

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