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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: 228 participating members (show all)

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1
11,186 members, 673 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
3,409 members, 219 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 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
5,087 members, 315 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
2,828 members, 170 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 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
6,783 members, 546 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 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
2,471 members, 149 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
5,896 members, 476 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
2,536 members, 217 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
1,562 members, 89 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
4,509 members, 259 reviews
4.36 stars (4.36 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
2,961 members, 178 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
1,264 members, 71 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

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

Score: 19.85

13
4,254 members, 316 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
1,568 members, 108 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

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

Score: 18.74

15
1,779 members, 64 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

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

Score: 17.87

16
2,180 members, 161 reviews
4.58 stars (4.58 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
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

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

Score: 15.81

18
7,484 members, 297 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

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

Score: 15.1

19
1,613 members, 114 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

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

Score: 14.08

20
2,988 members, 210 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

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

Score: 14.04

21
1,894 members, 108 reviews
3.62 stars (3.62 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.

22
8,091 members, 395 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)

23
1,237 members, 67 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

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

Score: 12.91

24
11,230 members, 250 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

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

Score: 12.81

25
3,651 members, 309 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

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

Score: 12.38

26
1,347 members, 51 reviews
4.37 stars (4.37 stars)

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

Score: 11.91

27
6,540 members, 194 reviews
4.55 stars (4.55 stars)

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

Score: 11.36

28
801 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
12,351 members, 1,052 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
2,417 members, 176 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

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

Score: 10.4

32
212 members, 16 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

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

Score: 10.4

33
62,912 members, 1,230 reviews
4.39 stars (4.39 stars)

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

Score: 10.19

34
3,083 members, 358 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

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

Score: 10.19

35
11,435 members, 942 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

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

Score: 10.08

36
7,952 members, 484 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
5,595 members, 456 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

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

Score: 9.71

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

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

Score: 9.71

39
14,091 members, 415 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

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

Score: 9.66

40
864 members, 55 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

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

Score: 9.56

41
3,217 members, 228 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

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

Score: 9.4

42
7,995 members, 549 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

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

Score: 9.08

43
4,526 members, 289 reviews
3.52 stars (3.52 stars)

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

Score: 9.02

44
963 members, 54 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

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

Score: 8.91

45
821 members, 43 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

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

Score: 8.91

46
808 members, 33 reviews
4.4 stars (4.4 stars)

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

Score: 8.88

47
5,279 members, 256 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
3,907 members, 268 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: asyouth (1), kgriffith (1)

Score: 8

50
2,213 members, 179 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: terran (1), Micheller7 (1)

Score: 8

51
2,025 members, 128 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

Lists: marysneedle (1), Ilirwen (1)

Score: 8

52
1,775 members, 118 reviews
4.45 stars (4.45 stars)

Lists: charl08 (1), lorannen (1)

Score: 8

53
1,197 members, 77 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

Lists: imyril (1), souloftherose (1)

Score: 8

54
851 members, 88 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: DeltaQueen50 (1), jeanned (1)

Score: 8

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

Lists: rplinke (1), Dilara86 (1)

Score: 8

56
4,399 members, 285 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: krisa (1), ursula (2)

Score: 7.36

57
1,981 members, 104 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: chgstrom (1), pixiedark (2)

Score: 7.36

58
1,057 members, 51 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: artturnerjr (1), waitingtoderail (2)

Score: 7.36

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

Lists: jjwilson61 (1), davesmind (2)

Score: 7.36

60
172 members, 15 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: Jarandel (1), rarm (2)

Score: 7.36

61
15,961 members, 486 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: rarm (1), ahef1963 (3)

Score: 7.04

62
3,860 members, 275 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: craso (1), jjwilson61 (3)

Score: 7.04

63
2,200 members, 127 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: starfishian (1), sianpr (3)

Score: 7.04

64
1,989 members, 34 reviews
4.54 stars (4.54 stars)

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

Score: 7.04

65
1,248 members, 22 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: bethmariec (1), Kaffie (3)

Score: 7.04

66
1,037 members, 50 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (1), soraki (3)

Score: 7.04

67
1,037 members, 88 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: vwinsloe (1), njinthesun (3)

Score: 7.04

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

Lists: lahochstetler (1), lauralkeet (3)

Score: 7.04

69
1,092 members, 88 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

Lists: sturlington (1), seasonsoflove (4)

Score: 6.83

70
609 members, 31 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

Lists: okeres (1), lorannen (4)

Score: 6.83

71
2,343 members, 148 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: chgstrom (2), JSWBooks (2)

Score: 6.73

Explanations:

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

72
14,759 members, 261 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (1), AmourFou (5)

Score: 6.68

73
11,830 members, 976 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: Cecrow (1), hipdeep (5)

Score: 6.68

74
1,880 members, 129 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: fannyprice (1), flips (5)

Score: 6.68

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

Lists: alice_the_goon (1), KimarieBee (5)

Score: 6.68

76
3,053 members, 241 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (2), mahsdad (3)

Score: 6.4

77
1,743 members, 160 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 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
1,464 members, 76 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

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

Score: 6.4

79
45,034 members, 1,168 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: fajriy_arunna (1), bookwormelf (11)

Score: 6.2

80
10,893 members, 172 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

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

Score: 6.19

81
3,305 members, 200 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

Lists: beebeereads (2), Jim53 (4)

Score: 6.19

82
2,077 members, 135 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: LAKobow (2), starfishian (4)

Score: 6.19

83
417 members, 37 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

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

Score: 6.19

84
175 members, 17 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: katiekrug (2), lsh63 (4)

Score: 6.19

85
174 members, 11 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: greeneyed_ives (2), christina_reads (4)

Score: 6.19

86
1,344 members, 56 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: davesmind (3), azrowan (3)

Score: 6.08

87
1,337 members, 88 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: lindapanzo (3), Jim53 (3)

Score: 6.08

88
871 members, 45 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: k8_not_kate (3), katemcangus (3)

Score: 6.08

89
6,247 members, 431 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: hearshari (2), holly_golightly (5)

Score: 6.04

90
1,841 members, 82 reviews
3.5 stars (3.5 stars)

Lists: Laura1124 (2), EfEh (5)

Score: 6.04

91
1,090 members, 65 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: gtimcqueen (3), Cariola (4)

Score: 5.87

92
11,686 members, 504 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: Kindleifier (3), miketopper (5)

Score: 5.71

93
1,722 members, 175 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: zhejw (3), njinthesun (5)

Score: 5.71

94
790 members, 57 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: seasonsoflove (3), fannyprice (5)

Score: 5.71

95
5,728 members, 249 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: Wolfman08 (4), EllsieFind (4)

Score: 5.66

96
2,236 members, 202 reviews
3.56 stars (3.56 stars)

Lists: EfEh (4), katemcangus (4)

Score: 5.66

97
1,342 members, 54 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: bookwormelf (4), imyril (4)

Score: 5.66

98
1,310 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)

99
1,045 members, 68 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 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)

100
10,063 members, 630 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: gtimcqueen (4), Minthe (5)

Score: 5.5

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Limit: 5 books

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