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.
2
7,908 members
330 reviews
4.1
3
9,189 members
457 reviews
4
10 Members
zhejw, Cariola, lsh63, dudes22, beebeereads, Carmenere, lindapanzo, JSWBooks, jcwharton, honkingcronk
Explanations
JSWBooks: Powerful - the story and the writing!
4
5,699 members
281 reviews
½ 4.3
5
12,010 members
783 reviews
4.1
6
3,774 members
192 reviews
3.9
7
11,358 members
690 reviews
½ 4.3
8
3,722 members
288 reviews
½ 3.7
9
2,580 members
133 reviews
4.2
10
7,963 members
371 reviews
½ 4.4
7 Members
bookwoman84, rosalita, holly_golightly, greeneyed_ives, kara.shamy, jcwharton, aquariumministry
Explanations
rosalita: 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.
11
4,484 members
241 reviews
4
12
1,834 members
94 reviews
3.8
13
9,437 members
523 reviews
½ 4.4
6 Members
Bookmarque, Cariola, beebeereads, Romonko, edparks, AmourFou
Explanations
Romonko: I absolutely loved this book! It was so understated, but so well written.
14
2,506 members
152 reviews
4
15
2,954 members
93 reviews
4.2
16
4,816 members
243 reviews
½ 4.6
5 Members
rosalita, Jim53, gypsysmom, honkingcronk, Papermoon4
Explanations
rosalita: A searing look at the racial biases in the American criminal justice system.
17
190 members
28 reviews
3.8
18
8,622 members
322 reviews
4.2
19
2,998 members
195 reviews
4.1
20
2,906 members
177 reviews
½ 3.6
4 Members
lkmiller, norabelle414, flying_monkeys, wolfeyluvr
Explanations
flying_monkeys: 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
11,690 members
498 reviews
4
4 Members
ccatalfo, highlander6022, Redheadlib, Cynthia_Moses
Explanations
highlander6022: 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.
22
1,930 members
91 reviews
4
23
6,394 members
548 reviews
3.9
24
13,762 members
286 reviews
3.9
25
5,416 members
401 reviews
4
26
2,399 members
80 reviews
½ 4.3
27
4,441 members
283 reviews
3.9
28
1,031 members
45 reviews
4.2
29
35 members
4 reviews
3.8
30
18,770 members
1,268 reviews
4.1
3 Members
krisa, IrishSue, flying_monkeys
Explanations
flying_monkeys: 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.
31
5,644 members
362 reviews
4.1
33
79,433 members
1,434 reviews
½ 4.4
35
18,518 members
1,246 reviews
½ 4.3
36
9,638 members
537 reviews
½ 4.3
3 Members
kaulsu, AmourFou, Laura1124
Explanations
kaulsu: 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.
37
7,441 members
511 reviews
3.9
38
344 members
21 reviews
3.8
39
17,008 members
476 reviews
4
40
1,472 members
76 reviews
3.8
41
5,798 members
317 reviews
4.2
42
10,024 members
623 reviews
3.9
43
16,363 members
575 reviews
½ 3.4
44
1,304 members
54 reviews
4
45
1,621 members
71 reviews
½ 4.3
46
7,008 members
294 reviews
4.2
47
4 members
1 review
5
48
13,626 members
514 reviews
4.2
2 Members
kgriffith, asyouth
49
3,883 members
222 reviews
4.1
2 Members
Micheller7, terran
50
3,509 members
196 reviews
½ 3.6
51
3,004 members
161 reviews
½ 4.5
2 Members
charl08, lorannen
52
2,824 members
172 reviews
½ 4.3
53
968 members
90 reviews
3.9
54
286 members
10 reviews
3.8
2 Members
Dilara86, rplinke
55
8,606 members
246 reviews
½ 4.6
56
5,402 members
316 reviews
4.2
2 Members
ursula, krisa
57
3,595 members
141 reviews
3.9
58
1,774 members
73 reviews
4.1
59
644 members
20 reviews
4.2
60
300 members
19 reviews
4.1
2 Members
rarm, Jarandel
61
21,010 members
616 reviews
4.2
2 Members
rarm, ahef1963
62
6,279 members
302 reviews
½ 3.7
63
5,523 members
368 reviews
4.1
2 Members
jjwilson61, craso
64
2,987 members
147 reviews
4
65
2,676 members
45 reviews
½ 4.6
66
1,640 members
67 reviews
4
2 Members
avatiakh, soraki
67
1,531 members
26 reviews
3.9
2 Members
Kaffie, bethmariec
68
1,253 members
96 reviews
3.9
69
804 members
114 reviews
½ 3.7
70
7 members
5
71
2,198 members
146 reviews
½ 3.7
72
944 members
44 reviews
½ 3.6
2 Members
okeres, lorannen
73
4,639 members
227 reviews
4
2 Members
chgstrom, JSWBooks
Explanations
JSWBooks: How kindness can change a community.
74
19,377 members
347 reviews
4
2 Members
hipdeep, AmourFou
75
18,802 members
1,283 reviews
4.1
2 Members
hipdeep, Cecrow
76
2,782 members
172 reviews
3.8
2 Members
fannyprice, flips
77
529 members
31 reviews
3.8
78
3,992 members
288 reviews
4.1
2 Members
mahsdad, ahef1963
79
3,438 members
292 reviews
3.8
2 Members
lkmiller, flying_monkeys
Explanations
flying_monkeys: Because it's beautiful, macabre, diverse. And it speaks to a secret, lifelong quest: to find my door.
80
53,269 members
1,305 reviews
4.2
81
13,910 members
202 reviews
½ 4.3
82
3,355 members
198 reviews
4
83
2,879 members
123 reviews
4
84
595 members
48 reviews
4
85
280 members
18 reviews
3.9
86
226 members
23 reviews
4.2
2 Members
lsh63, katiekrug
87
2,215 members
124 reviews
½ 4.3
2 Members
Jim53, lindapanzo
88
1,477 members
86 reviews
4.1
89
1,393 members
75 reviews
3.9
90
8,843 members
519 reviews
3.9
91
2,463 members
97 reviews
½ 3.5
2 Members
EfEh, Laura1124
92
1,636 members
85 reviews
3.9
93
14,758 members
611 reviews
3.8
94
2,370 members
227 reviews
4
2 Members
zhejw, njinthesun
95
1,171 members
72 reviews
½ 3.6
96
6,783 members
286 reviews
4.1
97
3,508 members
253 reviews
½ 3.5
2 Members
EfEh, katemcangus
98
2,044 members
106 reviews
½ 3.7
2 Members
kaulsu, chgstrom
Explanations
kaulsu: 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.
99
1,485 members
63 reviews
3.9
100
15,165 members
800 reviews
3.9
2 Members
Minthe, gtimcqueen