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Top Five Books of 2017

Description: What are your top five reads for 2017? These books DO NOT need to have been published in 2017. See the annual blog post for staff favorites: . Join the discussion on Talk 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: 229 participating members (show all)

All members' list: [1] 2 3 4 5 6 7 8Sort: Score | Title | Author | Date
1
4,375 members, 325 reviews
4.42 stars (4.42 stars)

Lists: BBleil (1), Anashana (1), cataloga (1), Tess_W (1), IngerH (1), agjuba (1), sleedev (1), LisaSHarvey (1), kristenl (1), VintageReader (1), lindapanzo (1)8 more, Devlindusty (1), hazel1123 (1), clue (1), snora (1), cawcat333 (2), karenmarie (2), krazy4katz (2), This-n-That (2)

Score: 73.45

Explanations:

agjuba (1): This is perhaps my all-time favorite book -- the writing is smart and clever, the characters are beautifully fleshed-out, and the premise is unusual.

2
3,600 members, 242 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy (1), cawcat333 (1), zhejw (1), feeling.is.first (1), debnance (1), karenmarie (1), davidabrams (1), RiversideReader (2), LisaSHarvey (2), bibliotess (2), melmore (3)5 more, Devlindusty (3), ErinDenver (3), maritimer (4), bjappleg8 (4), jtoneill0 (5)

Score: 55.54

Explanations:

RiversideReader (2): Exceptional, brilliant!

3
4,210 members, 235 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: Bellettres (1), angiestahl (1), carol.iam (1), dawnlovesbooks (1), KatyBee (2), Devlindusty (2), Micheller7 (2), worldisquiet (3), cawcat333 (3), LisaSHarvey (3), fannyprice (5)

Score: 37.88

4
1,136 members, 75 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: worldisquiet (1), Emmay (1), RidgewayGirl (1), yalliejane (1), missizicks (1), PatsyMurray (1), JenMDB (2), Parker51 (2), Cait86 (4), BLBera (4)

Score: 36.38

Explanations:

missizicks (1): This is as close to perfect as a book gets for me.

PatsyMurray (1): This is the year I discovered Ali Smith.

5
6,023 members, 213 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: wildtusker (1), moonwatcher (1), hihopehere (1), MTCDBIBLIO (1), blkrk4000 (1), worldisquiet (2), bugaderes39 (2), feeling.is.first (2), karenmarie (5), elphie93 (5)

Score: 35.44

6
4,678 members, 195 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: amanda4242 (1), bookworm12 (1), armysquirrel (2), Storeetllr (2), feeling.is.first (3), worldisquiet (4), carol.iam (4), Annie_Arnott (5)

Score: 26.1

7
2,808 members, 212 reviews
4.34 stars (4.34 stars)

Lists: bjappleg8 (1), krazy4katz (1), This-n-That (1), beebeereads (2), vwinsloe (2), souloftherose (2), cawcat333 (4)

Score: 24.92

8
2,402 members, 144 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: dmofnd (1), njinthesun (2), ErinDenver (2), N1na (2), BLBera (3), lauralkeet (5), cawcat333 (5)

Score: 22.48

9
1,857 members, 154 reviews
4.41 stars (4.41 stars)

Lists: Jumpball (1), amerynth (1), IsolaBlue (1), RidgewayGirl (2), hazel1123 (2), Devlindusty (4)

Score: 21.56

10
5,238 members, 238 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: ClaudaJB (1), timetunnel (2), bookwoman84 (2), armysquirrel (3), mooingzelda (3), Soupdragon (4)

Score: 19.63

11
2,287 members, 154 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: Simone2 (1), revbean (1), RidgewayGirl (3), N1na (4), beebeereads (4), ErinDenver (5)

Score: 19.37

12
2,961 members, 175 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: beebeereads (1), dawnlovesbooks (2), angiestahl (3), yalliejane (4), Devlindusty (5), kgriffith (5)

Score: 18.58

13
1,873 members, 144 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: ashmolean1 (1), Lapsus16 (1), seasonsoflove (1), raidergirl3 (2), lindapanzo (3)

Score: 18.4

14
6,331 members, 433 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: janeprichard (1), amforker (1), PaperbackPirate (1), ashmolean1 (2), worldisquiet (5)

Score: 18.04

15
4,626 members, 247 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: dchaikin (1), kara.shamy (2), carol.iam (2), Laura1124 (3), Mirabelle (3)

Score: 16.81

Explanations:

dchaikin (1): I love the whole series, my favorite books in a long time. I was swept away.

16
1,840 members, 120 reviews
4.45 stars (4.45 stars)

Lists: eo206 (1), ClaudaJB (2), _Zoe_ (2), greeneyed_ives (4), souloftherose (4)

Score: 16.38

17
2,582 members, 169 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: Capybara_99 (1), ClaudaJB (3), ashmolean1 (3), SBoren (3), beebeereads (5)

Score: 15.79

18
3,102 members, 154 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: lauralkeet (1), SBoren (2), mahsdad (3), chwiggy (4), Cali_T (6)

Score: 15.79

19
1,722 members, 160 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: debnance (2), clue (2), kristenl (3), mdexter (4), ReluctantTechie (5)

Score: 15.27

20
3,748 members, 315 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: AnnabelHart (1), Storeetllr (1), peatr (1), virginiahomeschooler (3)

Score: 15.04

Explanations:

peatr (1): first time in years I have been totally excited and shocked and shaken by a book! stunning.

21
1,423 members, 120 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: generalkala (1), BoundTogetherForGood (1), lahochstetler (1), kara.shamy (3)

Score: 15.04

Explanations:

BoundTogetherForGood (1): I was riveted by this tragic telling of the devastation that befell these young American women.

22
6,922 members, 560 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: plaugher (1), nx74defiant (2), foggidawn (3), ClaudaJB (4)

Score: 13.23

23
4,457 members, 296 reviews
4.48 stars (4.48 stars)

Lists: SBoren (1), debnance (3), kgriffith (3), norabelle414 (4)

Score: 12.91

24
4,296 members, 263 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: Ling.Lass (1), KimarieBee (2), ClaudaJB (5), christina_reads (5)

Score: 12.71

25
5,191 members, 327 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: sturlington (1), TessaSlingerland (3), feeling.is.first (4), chwiggy (5)

Score: 12.54

26
1,835 members, 98 reviews
3.68 stars (3.68 stars)

Lists: Micheller7 (1), dawnlovesbooks (3), LisaSHarvey (4), BLBera (5)

Score: 12.54

27
524 members, 125 reviews
3.45 stars (3.45 stars)

Lists: sturlington (2), fannyprice (3), ErinDenver (4), Capybara_99 (4)

Score: 12.06

28
10,373 members, 229 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: Ling.Lass (3), ashmolean1 (4), lahochstetler (4), JISimpson (4)

Score: 11.53

29
3,190 members, 127 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: sundance (1), chgstrom (1), hazel1123 (3)

Score: 11.04

30
767 members, 79 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: Annie_Arnott (1), greeneyed_ives (1), christina_reads (4)

Score: 10.83

31
395 members, 45 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: bibliotess (1), Bookmarque (1), RidgewayGirl (4)

Score: 10.83

32
2,233 members, 131 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: jeanned (1), hoddybook (2), rstaedter (3)

Score: 10.4

33
3,822 members, 206 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: vwinsloe (1), mooingzelda (2), TempleCat (4)

Score: 10.19

34
2,520 members, 91 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: rsa (1), shaunie (2), bookwoman84 (4)

Score: 10.19

35
1,462 members, 65 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: rarm (1), BLBera (2), LDVoorberg (4)

Score: 10.19

36
2,935 members, 168 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: dehelen (1), krazy4katz (3), beebeereads (3)

Score: 10.08

37
802 members, 37 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: yoyogod (1), melmore (2), feeling.is.first (5)

Score: 10.04

38
19,478 members, 345 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

Lists: pedro.pessoa (1), Minthe (3), carol.iam (5)

Score: 9.71

39
2,600 members, 221 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: heidialice (1), carol.iam (3), Capybara_99 (5)

Score: 9.71

Explanations:

heidialice (1): A beautifully lyrical meditation on family, relationships and how they change over time and aging. A timeless, utterly believable, faltering voice, Lucy is naive and childlike in so many ways, yet incredibly perceptive when it comes to observing other people and their inner struggles.… (more)

40
1,290 members, 77 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: kjgormley (1), KatyBee (4), dehelen (5)

Score: 9.5

41
1,666 members, 82 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

Lists: yalliejane (2), jtoneill0 (3), shaunie (4)

Score: 9.23

42
1,173 members, 58 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: timetunnel (3), sturlington (3), KatyBee (5)

Score: 8.75

43
7,990 members, 551 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: kjgormley (3), sipthereader (4), Ling.Lass (4)

Score: 8.7

44
1,026 members, 62 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: lauralkeet (3), Simone2 (4), bibliotess (4)

Score: 8.7

45
5,318 members, 115 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

Lists: bjappleg8 (3), LisaSHarvey (5), dchaikin (5)

Score: 8.39

46
2,458 members, 73 reviews
4.36 stars (4.36 stars)

Lists: bearymore (1), FAMeulstee (1)

Score: 8

Explanations:

bearymore (1): Absolutely a classic. Very moving, a modern War and Peace.

47
664 members, 49 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: flying_monkeys (1), Euryale (1)

Score: 8

48
30,281 members, 419 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: shaunie (1), Annie_Arnott (2)

Score: 7.36

49
18,395 members, 825 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: serhatx (1), Annie_Arnott (3)

Score: 7.04

50
3,885 members, 273 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: flips (1), KimarieBee (3)

Score: 7.04

51
2,290 members, 167 reviews
4.57 stars (4.57 stars)

Lists: ReluctantTechie (1), vwinsloe (3)

Score: 7.04

Explanations:

ReluctantTechie (1): A well-written narrative about injustice in our judicial system that I was not aware of. It was also an inspiring example of personal commitment and activism.… (more)

52
901 members, 64 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: elphie93 (1), KatyBee (3)

Score: 7.04

53
851 members, 67 reviews
4.67 stars (4.67 stars)

Lists: raidergirl3 (1), Storeetllr (3)

Score: 7.04

54
11,240 members, 153 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: Wolfman08 (1), Annie_Arnott (4)

Score: 6.83

55
864 members, 36 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: lanewillson (1), davidabrams (4)

Score: 6.83

56
508 members, 11 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: cometahalley (1), Jambyfool (4)

Score: 6.83

57
471 members, 16 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: kgriffith (1), flying_monkeys (4)

Score: 6.83

58
210 members, 13 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: fowlie (1), SBoren (4)

Score: 6.83

59
8,933 members, 120 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: sundance (2), FAMeulstee (2)

Score: 6.73

60
1,250 members, 93 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: Simone2 (2), maritimer (2)

Score: 6.73

61
11,994 members, 991 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: KerryD1971 (1), chgstrom (5)

Score: 6.68

62
4,456 members, 129 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: kristilabrie (1), anglemark (5)

Score: 6.68

63
4,439 members, 296 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: virginiahomeschooler (1), tina1969 (5)

Score: 6.68

64
3,087 members, 242 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: sipthereader (1), sturlington (5)

Score: 6.68

65
2,567 members, 144 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

Lists: gilroy (1), lottpoet (5)

Score: 6.68

66
1,073 members, 38 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: BLBera (1), bugaderes39 (5)

Score: 6.68

67
477 members, 28 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: timspalding (1), RidgewayGirl (5)

Score: 6.68

68
476 members, 12 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)

Lists: VW_Williams (1), booksinbed (5)

Score: 6.68

69
349 members, 21 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: ablachly (1), norabelle414 (5)

Score: 6.68

70
9,036 members, 204 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: missizicks (2), shaunie (3)

Score: 6.4

Explanations:

missizicks (2): This book blew me away with its tenderness and sadness.

71
4,280 members, 245 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: kristenl (2), lanewillson (3)

Score: 6.4

73
266 members, 10 reviews
4.34 stars (4.34 stars)

Lists: Jumpball (2), greeneyed_ives (3)

Score: 6.4

74
75 members, 5 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: kjgormley (2), yalliejane (3)

Score: 6.4

75
3,210 members, 371 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: kamoorephoto (2), virginiahomeschooler (4)

Score: 6.19

76
2,410 members, 97 reviews
4.42 stars (4.42 stars)

Lists: virginiahomeschooler (2), Tess_W (4)

Score: 6.19

77
886 members, 82 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: flying_monkeys (2), ca.bookwyrm (4)

Score: 6.19

78
886 members, 59 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: VW_Williams (2), revbean (4)

Score: 6.19

79
750 members, 62 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: angiestahl (2), njinthesun (4)

Score: 6.19

80
514 members, 40 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: norabelle414 (2), ablachly (4)

Score: 6.19

81
489 members, 53 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: greeneyed_ives (2), ReluctantTechie (4)

Score: 6.19

82
4,376 members, 309 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: BoundTogetherForGood (3), bibliotess (3)

Score: 6.08

Explanations:

BoundTogetherForGood (3): This book visits the life of a quirky young woman. The reader is allowed to watch as her life begins to transform into one of greater awareness and occasional delight.… (more)

83
1,714 members, 102 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: Euryale (3), raidergirl3 (3)

Score: 6.08

84
549 members, 11 reviews
4.5 stars (4.5 stars)

Lists: bearymore (3), jillmwo (3)

Score: 6.08

85
8,015 members, 500 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

Lists: cometahalley (2), kristilabrie (5)

Score: 6.04

86
661 members, 54 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

Lists: Euryale (2), bookwoman84 (5)

Score: 6.04

87
323 members, 17 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: briarhills (2), souloftherose (5)

Score: 6.04

88
8,781 members, 137 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Lists: Tinuvia (3), jtoneill0 (4)

Score: 5.87

89
1,585 members, 140 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: TempleCat (3), timetunnel (4)

Score: 5.87

90
1,278 members, 114 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: JayHurst (3), kara.shamy (4)

Score: 5.87

91
2,012 members, 94 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: bcrowl399 (3), ca.bookwyrm (5)

Score: 5.71

92
807 members, 46 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: terran (3), njinthesun (5)

Score: 5.71

93
636 members, 65 reviews
3.27 stars (3.27 stars)

Lists: seasonsoflove (3), SBoren (5)

Score: 5.71

94
217 members, 49 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: lahochstetler (3), This-n-That (5)

Score: 5.71

95
6,519 members, 603 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: angiestahl (4), BoundTogetherForGood (4)

Score: 5.66

Explanations:

BoundTogetherForGood (4): A story for story-lovers. It's all the nicer because it revolves around a mysterious bookstore.

96
1,239 members, 82 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Lists: elphie93 (4), mooingzelda (4)

Score: 5.66

97
1,167 members, 63 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: pan0ramix (4), fannyprice (4)

Score: 5.66

98
774 members, 64 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: lindapanzo (4), debnance (4)

Score: 5.66

99
10,209 members, 645 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: yalliejane (5), KerryD1971 (5)

Score: 5.35

100
64,467 members, 1,153 reviews
4.41 stars (4.41 stars)

Lists: alaskaEditor (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

alaskaEditor (1): A classic that I'd never read but finally got around to when a neighbor handed me this and the parody, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Read 'em both and loved them.… (more)

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Started by: lorannen (December 2017)

Type: Numbered

Limit: 5 books

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