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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: 214 participating members (show all)

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6,649 members, 460 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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1,688 members, 133 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 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

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1,594 members, 105 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 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
902 members, 66 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 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
970 members, 74 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 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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2,581 members, 231 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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4,036 members, 373 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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2,283 members, 149 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)

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1,331 members, 143 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

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

Score: 20.87

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822 members, 56 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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705 members, 62 reviews
4.45 stars (4.45 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.

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1,528 members, 116 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

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

Score: 16.7

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761 members, 50 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

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

Score: 15.85

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594 members, 62 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

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

Score: 15.37

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959 members, 72 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

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

Score: 14.08

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1,830 members, 143 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

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

Score: 14.04

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838 members, 41 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

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

Score: 13.87

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866 members, 94 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
686 members, 38 reviews
3.58 stars (3.58 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
5,788 members, 329 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)

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87 members, 21 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

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

Score: 12.77

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15 members, 3 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

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

Score: 10.73

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9,063 members, 899 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)

24
654 members, 48 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

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

Score: 10.4

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90 members, 7 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

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

Score: 10.4

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53,851 members, 1,091 reviews
4.4 stars (4.4 stars)

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

Score: 10.19

27
964 members, 193 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

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

Score: 10.19

28
7,076 members, 690 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

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

Score: 10.08

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610 members, 44 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

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

Score: 9.87

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4,065 members, 367 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

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

Score: 9.71

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71 members, 5 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

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

Score: 9.71

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1,981 members, 190 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

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

Score: 9.56

33
384 members, 28 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

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

Score: 9.56

34
9,580 members, 219 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

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

Score: 9.44

35
1,449 members, 141 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

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

Score: 9.4

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6,857 members, 270 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

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

Score: 9.23

37
739 members, 30 reviews
4.36 stars (4.36 stars)

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

Score: 9.23

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6,576 members, 481 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

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

Score: 9.08

39
3,233 members, 212 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

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

Score: 9.02

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492 members, 29 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

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

Score: 8.91

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322 members, 21 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

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

Score: 8.91

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283 members, 12 reviews
4.49 stars (4.49 stars)

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

Score: 8.88

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1 member, 0 reviews

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

Score: 8.25

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5,465 members, 157 reviews
4.56 stars (4.56 stars)

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

Score: 8

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2,072 members, 170 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: asyouth (1), kgriffith (1)

Score: 8

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894 members, 58 reviews
4.34 stars (4.34 stars)

Lists: charl08 (1), lorannen (1)

Score: 8

47
792 members, 64 reviews
3.55 stars (3.55 stars)

Lists: marysneedle (1), MilliLinnea (1)

Score: 8

48
727 members, 83 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: DeltaQueen50 (1), jeanned (1)

Score: 8

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641 members, 81 reviews
4.3 stars (4.3 stars)

Lists: terran (1), Micheller7 (1)

Score: 8

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175 members, 7 reviews
4.38 stars (4.38 stars)

Lists: imyril (1), souloftherose (1)

Score: 8

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122 members, 7 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: rplinke (1), Dilara86 (1)

Score: 8

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3,617 members, 257 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: krisa (1), ursula (2)

Score: 7.36

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821 members, 51 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: chgstrom (1), pixiedark (2)

Score: 7.36

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598 members, 32 reviews
4.31 stars (4.31 stars)

Lists: cbl_tn (1), DeltaQueen50 (2)

Score: 7.36

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423 members, 19 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: artturnerjr (1), waitingtoderail (2)

Score: 7.36

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181 members, 7 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: jjwilson61 (1), davesmind (2)

Score: 7.36

57
68 members, 9 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: Jarandel (1), rarm (2)

Score: 7.36

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13,403 members, 396 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: rarm (1), ahef1963 (3)

Score: 7.04

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6,976 members, 447 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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2,613 members, 210 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: craso (1), jjwilson61 (3)

Score: 7.04

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1,599 members, 27 reviews
4.55 stars (4.55 stars)

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

Score: 7.04

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1,383 members, 99 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: starfishian (1), sianpr (3)

Score: 7.04

63
1,077 members, 17 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: bethmariec (1), Kaffie (3)

Score: 7.04

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706 members, 70 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: vwinsloe (1), njinthesun (3)

Score: 7.04

65
455 members, 99 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

Lists: lahochstetler (1), lauralkeet (3)

Score: 7.04

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434 members, 26 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (1), soraki (3)

Score: 7.04

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12,374 members, 368 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: hearshari (1), conceptDawg (4)

Score: 6.83

68
465 members, 43 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: sturlington (1), seasonsoflove (4)

Score: 6.83

69
314 members, 15 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: okeres (1), lorannen (4)

Score: 6.83

70
918 members, 73 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: chgstrom (2), JSWBooks (2)

Score: 6.73

Explanations:

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

71
6,836 members, 671 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: Cecrow (1), hipdeep (5)

Score: 6.68

72
174 members, 14 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: alice_the_goon (1), KimarieBee (5)

Score: 6.68

73
2,306 members, 213 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (2), mahsdad (3)

Score: 6.4

74
514 members, 35 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

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

Score: 6.4

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478 members, 48 reviews
4 stars (4 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.

76
40,993 members, 1,099 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: fajriy_arunna (1), bookwormelf (11)

Score: 6.2

77
9,239 members, 156 reviews
4.31 stars (4.31 stars)

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

Score: 6.19

79
1,022 members, 69 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: LAKobow (2), starfishian (4)

Score: 6.19

80
144 members, 11 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

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

Score: 6.19

81
120 members, 11 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

Lists: katiekrug (2), jonesli (4)

Score: 6.19

82
55 members, 2 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

Lists: greeneyed_ives (2), christina_reads (4)

Score: 6.19

83
648 members, 34 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

Lists: davesmind (3), azrowan (3)

Score: 6.08

84
608 members, 48 reviews
4.31 stars (4.31 stars)

Lists: lindapanzo (3), Jim53 (3)

Score: 6.08

85
312 members, 16 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: k8_not_kate (3), katemcangus (3)

Score: 6.08

86
4,572 members, 351 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: hearshari (2), holly_golightly (5)

Score: 6.04

87
4,263 members, 221 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: amerynth (2), mooingzelda (5)

Score: 6.04

88
1,375 members, 69 reviews
3.48 stars (3.48 stars)

Lists: Laura1124 (2), EfEh (5)

Score: 6.04

89
439 members, 31 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: gtimcqueen (3), Cariola (4)

Score: 5.87

90
9,946 members, 432 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: Kindleifier (3), miketopper (5)

Score: 5.71

91
978 members, 107 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: zhejw (3), njinthesun (5)

Score: 5.71

92
5,099 members, 225 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: Wolfman08 (4), EllsieFind (4)

Score: 5.66

93
1,222 members, 49 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: bookwormelf (4), imyril (4)

Score: 5.66

94
1,042 members, 111 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: EfEh (4), katemcangus (4)

Score: 5.66

95
755 members, 54 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 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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507 members, 38 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 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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1,385 members, 67 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: kaixo (4), maritimer (5)

Score: 5.5

98
935 members, 47 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)

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

Score: 5.5

99
328 members, 24 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: Euryale (4), jeanned (5)

Score: 5.5

100
2,682 members, 232 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: rosylibrarian (5), ahef1963 (5)

Score: 5.35

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