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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: 230 participating members (show all)

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1
12,593 members, 722 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
3,956 members, 247 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
5,985 members, 368 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 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
3,522 members, 210 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 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
7,819 members, 618 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
2,701 members, 167 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 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
6,900 members, 529 reviews
4.31 stars (4.31 stars)

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

Score: 28.01

8
2,733 members, 229 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
1,780 members, 101 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: Francisco_Javier (1), revbean (1), okeres (2), pamur (2), lorannen (2), vwinsloe (3), lottpoet (4)

Score: 23.96

10
5,439 members, 296 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
3,330 members, 201 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

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

Score: 20.7

12
1,376 members, 81 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

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

Score: 19.85

13
5,318 members, 378 reviews
4.41 stars (4.41 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
1,751 members, 120 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

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

Score: 18.74

15
2,054 members, 75 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

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

Score: 17.87

16
2,854 members, 192 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
170 members, 28 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

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

Score: 15.81

18
7,590 members, 303 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

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

Score: 15.1

19
1,862 members, 134 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

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

Score: 14.08

20
2,145 members, 133 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.

21
8,804 members, 429 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 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
1,361 members, 70 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

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

Score: 12.91

23
3,648 members, 411 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

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

Score: 12.87

24
11,693 members, 255 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

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

Score: 12.81

25
3,931 members, 332 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

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

Score: 12.38

26
1,606 members, 62 reviews
4.38 stars (4.38 stars)

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

Score: 11.91

27
3,339 members, 238 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

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

Score: 11.36

28
850 members, 41 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

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

Score: 11.36

29
26 members, 3 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

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

Score: 10.73

30
13,468 members, 1,108 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 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
2,987 members, 224 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

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

Score: 10.4

32
245 members, 16 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

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

Score: 10.4

33
65,929 members, 1,305 reviews
4.38 stars (4.38 stars)

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

Score: 10.19

34
3,662 members, 223 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

Lists: This-n-That (1), beebeereads (2), Jim53 (4)

Score: 10.19

35
12,829 members, 1,043 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

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

Score: 10.08

36
8,302 members, 497 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
5,907 members, 473 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

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

Score: 9.71

38
274 members, 15 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

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

Score: 9.71

39
14,678 members, 434 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

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

Score: 9.66

40
990 members, 63 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

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

Score: 9.56

41
3,732 members, 254 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

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

Score: 9.4

42
8,420 members, 567 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

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

Score: 9.08

43
0 members, 0 reviews

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

Score: 9.02

44
932 members, 48 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

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

Score: 8.91

45
983 members, 45 reviews
4.35 stars (4.35 stars)

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

Score: 8.88

46
5,639 members, 267 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 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
4,971 members, 323 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: asyouth (1), kgriffith (1)

Score: 8

49
2,542 members, 192 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: terran (1), Micheller7 (1)

Score: 8

50
2,281 members, 144 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)

Lists: marysneedle (1), Ilirwen (1)

Score: 8

51
2,046 members, 134 reviews
4.45 stars (4.45 stars)

Lists: charl08 (1), lorannen (1)

Score: 8

52
1,508 members, 102 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

Lists: imyril (1), souloftherose (1)

Score: 8

53
885 members, 89 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: DeltaQueen50 (1), jeanned (1)

Score: 8

54
244 members, 7 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: rplinke (1), Dilara86 (1)

Score: 8

55
6,842 members, 212 reviews
4.55 stars (4.55 stars)

Lists: lindapanzo (1), AmourFou (2)

Score: 7.36

56
4,541 members, 294 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: krisa (1), ursula (2)

Score: 7.36

57
2,271 members, 114 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: chgstrom (1), pixiedark (2)

Score: 7.36

58
1,225 members, 56 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: artturnerjr (1), waitingtoderail (2)

Score: 7.36

59
431 members, 17 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

Lists: jjwilson61 (1), davesmind (2)

Score: 7.36

60
214 members, 19 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: Jarandel (1), rarm (2)

Score: 7.36

61
16,972 members, 520 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: rarm (1), ahef1963 (3)

Score: 7.04

62
5,280 members, 267 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

Lists: Ape (1), ManWithAnAgenda (3)

Score: 7.04

63
4,143 members, 290 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: craso (1), jjwilson61 (3)

Score: 7.04

64
2,360 members, 137 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: starfishian (1), sianpr (3)

Score: 7.04

65
2,125 members, 36 reviews
4.55 stars (4.55 stars)

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

Score: 7.04

66
1,302 members, 24 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: bethmariec (1), Kaffie (3)

Score: 7.04

67
1,140 members, 57 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (1), soraki (3)

Score: 7.04

68
1,104 members, 95 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: vwinsloe (1), njinthesun (3)

Score: 7.04

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

Lists: lahochstetler (1), lauralkeet (3)

Score: 7.04

70
1,299 members, 105 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

Lists: sturlington (1), seasonsoflove (4)

Score: 6.83

71
692 members, 35 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: okeres (1), lorannen (4)

Score: 6.83

72
2,790 members, 176 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
15,686 members, 293 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (1), AmourFou (5)

Score: 6.68

74
13,257 members, 1,042 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: Cecrow (1), hipdeep (5)

Score: 6.68

75
2,074 members, 144 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: fannyprice (1), flips (5)

Score: 6.68

76
404 members, 27 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: alice_the_goon (1), KimarieBee (5)

Score: 6.68

77
3,264 members, 249 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (2), mahsdad (3)

Score: 6.4

78
2,146 members, 201 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.

79
46,093 members, 1,189 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: fajriy_arunna (1), bookwormelf (11)

Score: 6.2

80
11,483 members, 177 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

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

Score: 6.19

81
2,367 members, 157 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: LAKobow (2), starfishian (4)

Score: 6.19

82
2,236 members, 101 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (2), agjuba (4)

Score: 6.19

83
461 members, 40 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

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

Score: 6.19

84
201 members, 12 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: greeneyed_ives (2), christina_reads (4)

Score: 6.19

85
185 members, 18 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: katiekrug (2), lsh63 (4)

Score: 6.19

86
1,476 members, 97 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: lindapanzo (3), Jim53 (3)

Score: 6.08

87
1,045 members, 61 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

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

Score: 6.08

88
1,042 members, 67 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: k8_not_kate (3), katemcangus (3)

Score: 6.08

89
6,782 members, 461 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: hearshari (2), holly_golightly (5)

Score: 6.04

90
1,988 members, 91 reviews
3.5 stars (3.5 stars)

Lists: Laura1124 (2), EfEh (5)

Score: 6.04

91
1,215 members, 70 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: gtimcqueen (3), Cariola (4)

Score: 5.87

92
12,320 members, 541 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: Kindleifier (3), miketopper (5)

Score: 5.71

93
1,864 members, 193 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: zhejw (3), njinthesun (5)

Score: 5.71

94
880 members, 62 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)

Lists: seasonsoflove (3), fannyprice (5)

Score: 5.71

95
5,934 members, 266 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: Wolfman08 (4), EllsieFind (4)

Score: 5.66

96
2,520 members, 223 reviews
3.56 stars (3.56 stars)

Lists: EfEh (4), katemcangus (4)

Score: 5.66

97
1,471 members, 94 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)

98
1,348 members, 55 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: bookwormelf (4), imyril (4)

Score: 5.66

99
1,221 members, 75 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 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
11,086 members, 684 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: gtimcqueen (4), Minthe (5)

Score: 5.5

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Limit: 5 books

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