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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: 220 participating members (show all)

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7,098 members, 488 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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1,860 members, 140 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

3
1,969 members, 134 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 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
1,137 members, 78 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 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
1,215 members, 86 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 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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2,963 members, 263 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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4,264 members, 385 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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1,488 members, 156 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)

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

Score: 24.87

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2,500 members, 158 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)

10
1,641 members, 125 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

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

Score: 20.7

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884 members, 57 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

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

Score: 19.96

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977 members, 90 reviews
4.41 stars (4.41 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.

13
809 members, 50 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

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

Score: 15.85

14
706 members, 68 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

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

Score: 15.37

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980 members, 77 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

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

Score: 14.08

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1,943 members, 147 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

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

Score: 14.04

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918 members, 47 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

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

Score: 13.87

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940 members, 100 reviews
4.58 stars (4.58 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.

19
826 members, 47 reviews
3.59 stars (3.59 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
5,964 members, 336 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)

21
9,691 members, 221 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

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

Score: 12.81

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104 members, 22 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

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

Score: 12.77

23
6,957 members, 273 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

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

Score: 12.27

24
16 members, 3 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

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

Score: 10.73

25
9,352 members, 913 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)

26
779 members, 58 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

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

Score: 10.4

27
95 members, 7 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

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

Score: 10.4

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54,625 members, 1,099 reviews
4.4 stars (4.4 stars)

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

Score: 10.19

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1,164 members, 209 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

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

Score: 10.19

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7,428 members, 703 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

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

Score: 10.08

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677 members, 48 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

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

Score: 9.87

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4,245 members, 377 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

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

Score: 9.71

33
93 members, 5 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

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

Score: 9.71

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12,543 members, 371 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

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

Score: 9.66

35
2,163 members, 201 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

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

Score: 9.56

36
434 members, 31 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

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

Score: 9.56

37
1,621 members, 150 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

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

Score: 9.4

38
775 members, 31 reviews
4.34 stars (4.34 stars)

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

Score: 9.23

39
6,701 members, 486 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

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

Score: 9.08

40
3,787 members, 228 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)

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

Score: 9.02

41
560 members, 33 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

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

Score: 8.91

42
389 members, 25 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

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

Score: 8.91

43
335 members, 14 reviews
4.51 stars (4.51 stars)

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

Score: 8.88

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4,364 members, 223 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

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

Score: 8.71

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1 member, 0 reviews

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

Score: 8.25

46
5,568 members, 159 reviews
4.57 stars (4.57 stars)

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

Score: 8

47
2,158 members, 175 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: asyouth (1), kgriffith (1)

Score: 8

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1,004 members, 70 reviews
4.36 stars (4.36 stars)

Lists: charl08 (1), lorannen (1)

Score: 8

49
893 members, 70 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)

Lists: marysneedle (1), MilliLinnea (1)

Score: 8

50
812 members, 92 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: terran (1), Micheller7 (1)

Score: 8

51
739 members, 84 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: DeltaQueen50 (1), jeanned (1)

Score: 8

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277 members, 16 reviews
4.38 stars (4.38 stars)

Lists: imyril (1), souloftherose (1)

Score: 8

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128 members, 7 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: rplinke (1), Dilara86 (1)

Score: 8

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3,683 members, 259 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: krisa (1), ursula (2)

Score: 7.36

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952 members, 55 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: chgstrom (1), pixiedark (2)

Score: 7.36

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635 members, 33 reviews
4.31 stars (4.31 stars)

Lists: cbl_tn (1), DeltaQueen50 (2)

Score: 7.36

57
500 members, 24 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

Lists: artturnerjr (1), waitingtoderail (2)

Score: 7.36

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207 members, 7 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

Lists: jjwilson61 (1), davesmind (2)

Score: 7.36

59
79 members, 10 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: Jarandel (1), rarm (2)

Score: 7.36

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13,565 members, 400 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: rarm (1), ahef1963 (3)

Score: 7.04

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7,112 members, 450 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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2,674 members, 215 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: craso (1), jjwilson61 (3)

Score: 7.04

63
1,629 members, 27 reviews
4.55 stars (4.55 stars)

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

Score: 7.04

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1,448 members, 98 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: starfishian (1), sianpr (3)

Score: 7.04

65
1,098 members, 17 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: bethmariec (1), Kaffie (3)

Score: 7.04

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742 members, 74 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: vwinsloe (1), njinthesun (3)

Score: 7.04

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494 members, 99 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

Lists: lahochstetler (1), lauralkeet (3)

Score: 7.04

68
485 members, 28 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (1), soraki (3)

Score: 7.04

69
502 members, 45 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: sturlington (1), seasonsoflove (4)

Score: 6.83

70
347 members, 16 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: okeres (1), lorannen (4)

Score: 6.83

71
1,029 members, 80 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: chgstrom (2), JSWBooks (2)

Score: 6.73

Explanations:

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

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7,126 members, 693 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: Cecrow (1), hipdeep (5)

Score: 6.68

73
197 members, 14 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: alice_the_goon (1), KimarieBee (5)

Score: 6.68

74
2,379 members, 213 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (2), mahsdad (3)

Score: 6.4

75
692 members, 40 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

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

Score: 6.4

76
582 members, 55 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 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.

77
41,364 members, 1,107 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: fajriy_arunna (1), bookwormelf (11)

Score: 6.2

78
9,414 members, 156 reviews
4.31 stars (4.31 stars)

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

Score: 6.19

80
1,128 members, 73 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: LAKobow (2), starfishian (4)

Score: 6.19

81
177 members, 14 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

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

Score: 6.19

82
126 members, 11 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

Lists: katiekrug (2), jonesli (4)

Score: 6.19

83
57 members, 2 reviews
4.36 stars (4.36 stars)

Lists: greeneyed_ives (2), christina_reads (4)

Score: 6.19

84
708 members, 38 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

Lists: davesmind (3), azrowan (3)

Score: 6.08

85
691 members, 57 reviews
4.3 stars (4.3 stars)

Lists: lindapanzo (3), Jim53 (3)

Score: 6.08

86
364 members, 20 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: k8_not_kate (3), katemcangus (3)

Score: 6.08

87
4,745 members, 359 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: hearshari (2), holly_golightly (5)

Score: 6.04

88
1,410 members, 70 reviews
3.49 stars (3.49 stars)

Lists: Laura1124 (2), EfEh (5)

Score: 6.04

89
519 members, 37 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: gtimcqueen (3), Cariola (4)

Score: 5.87

90
10,063 members, 442 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: Kindleifier (3), miketopper (5)

Score: 5.71

91
1,067 members, 117 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 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
1,233 members, 49 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: bookwormelf (4), imyril (4)

Score: 5.66

94
1,213 members, 124 reviews
3.62 stars (3.62 stars)

Lists: EfEh (4), katemcangus (4)

Score: 5.66

95
834 members, 58 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 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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597 members, 44 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)

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1,433 members, 66 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: kaixo (4), maritimer (5)

Score: 5.5

98
1,122 members, 52 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

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

Score: 5.5

99
350 members, 24 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: Euryale (4), jeanned (5)

Score: 5.5

100
2,762 members, 234 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: rosylibrarian (5), ahef1963 (5)

Score: 5.35

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