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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: 230 participating members (show all)

All members' list: [1] 2 3 4 5 6 7 8Sort: Score | Title | Author | Date
1
6,634 members, 435 reviews
4.4 stars (4.4 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
4,892 members, 296 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 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
6,483 members, 316 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

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

Score: 40.56

4
1,660 members, 93 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
9,085 members, 320 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 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
4,507 members, 311 reviews
4.36 stars (4.36 stars)

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

Score: 32.92

7
6,698 members, 269 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

8
2,966 members, 193 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: Simone2 (1), revbean (1), dhm (2), RidgewayGirl (3), N1na (4), beebeereads (4), ErinDenver (5)

Score: 22.74

9
3,165 members, 179 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

10
2,552 members, 182 reviews
4.44 stars (4.44 stars)

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

Score: 21.56

11
6,651 members, 299 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

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

Score: 19.63

12
2,369 members, 203 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: Tosta (1), debnance (2), clue (2), kristenl (3), mdexter (4), ReluctantTechie (5)

Score: 19.27

13
4,305 members, 238 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

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

Score: 18.58

14
2,800 members, 191 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

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

Score: 18.4

15
7,478 members, 482 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

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

Score: 18.04

16
11,190 members, 240 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: Tosta (2), Travelgem (3), Ling.Lass (3), ashmolean1 (4), lahochstetler (4), JISimpson (4)

Score: 17.93

17
5,681 members, 285 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 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.

18
2,334 members, 145 reviews
4.46 stars (4.46 stars)

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

Score: 16.38

19
9,087 members, 689 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

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

Score: 16.27

20
5,010 members, 293 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

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

Score: 16.08

21
3,752 members, 223 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

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

Score: 15.79

22
4,644 members, 199 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

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

Score: 15.79

23
4,530 members, 355 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.

24
2,251 members, 166 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 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.

25
3,410 members, 119 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

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

Score: 13.56

26
1,821 members, 76 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

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

Score: 13.02

27
6,643 members, 406 reviews
4.48 stars (4.48 stars)

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

Score: 12.91

28
7,167 members, 401 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

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

Score: 12.54

29
2,322 members, 127 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

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

Score: 12.54

30
1,729 members, 98 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: kjgormley (1), Tosta (3), KatyBee (4), dehelen (5)

Score: 12.54

31
621 members, 133 reviews
3.44 stars (3.44 stars)

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

Score: 12.06

32
9,078 members, 586 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

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

Score: 11.53

33
1,404 members, 73 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: lauralkeet (3), Simone2 (4), bibliotess (4), Travelgem (5)

Score: 11.37

34
4,617 members, 175 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

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

Score: 11.04

35
1,516 members, 118 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

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

Score: 10.83

36
475 members, 45 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

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

Score: 10.83

37
2,593 members, 142 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

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

Score: 10.4

38
5,748 members, 294 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

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

Score: 10.19

39
4,732 members, 228 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

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

Score: 10.08

40
1,128 members, 66 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

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

Score: 10.04

41
3,458 members, 219 reviews
4.59 stars (4.59 stars)

Lists: ReluctantTechie (1), vwinsloe (3), Tosta (4)

Score: 9.87

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)

42
22,242 members, 386 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

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

Score: 9.71

43
3,108 members, 247 reviews
3.69 stars (3.69 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)

44
2,112 members, 91 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

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

Score: 9.23

45
6,425 members, 432 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: BoundTogetherForGood (3), bibliotess (3), Tosta (5)

Score: 8.75

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)

46
1,655 members, 77 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

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

Score: 8.75

47
6,592 members, 141 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

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

Score: 8.39

48
2,922 members, 78 reviews
4.37 stars (4.37 stars)

Lists: bearymore (1), FAMeulstee (1)

Score: 8

Explanations:

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

49
966 members, 63 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: flying_monkeys (1), Euryale (1)

Score: 8

50
33,844 members, 476 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: shaunie (1), Annie_Arnott (2)

Score: 7.36

51
20,512 members, 888 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: serhatx (1), Annie_Arnott (3)

Score: 7.04

52
5,155 members, 342 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: flips (1), KimarieBee (3)

Score: 7.04

53
1,170 members, 85 reviews
4.67 stars (4.67 stars)

Lists: raidergirl3 (1), Storeetllr (3)

Score: 7.04

54
1,162 members, 76 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: elphie93 (1), KatyBee (3)

Score: 7.04

55
12,288 members, 167 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: Wolfman08 (1), Annie_Arnott (4)

Score: 6.83

56
1,167 members, 44 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: lanewillson (1), davidabrams (4)

Score: 6.83

57
833 members, 39 reviews
3.62 stars (3.62 stars)

Lists: melmore (1), dhm (4)

Score: 6.83

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

Lists: cometahalley (1), Jambyfool (4)

Score: 6.83

59
608 members, 22 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: kgriffith (1), flying_monkeys (4)

Score: 6.83

60
10,155 members, 132 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: sundance (2), FAMeulstee (2)

Score: 6.73

61
1,548 members, 100 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: Simone2 (2), maritimer (2)

Score: 6.73

62
15,109 members, 1,135 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: KerryD1971 (1), chgstrom (5)

Score: 6.68

63
5,636 members, 352 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: virginiahomeschooler (1), tina1969 (5)

Score: 6.68

64
4,710 members, 136 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: kristilabrie (1), anglemark (5)

Score: 6.68

65
3,505 members, 261 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: sipthereader (1), sturlington (5)

Score: 6.68

66
2,680 members, 152 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: gilroy (1), lottpoet (5)

Score: 6.68

67
727 members, 45 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: timspalding (1), RidgewayGirl (5)

Score: 6.68

68
545 members, 12 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

Lists: VW_Williams (1), booksinbed (5)

Score: 6.68

69
434 members, 28 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: ablachly (1), norabelle414 (5)

Score: 6.68

70
9,821 members, 222 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
5,645 members, 302 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

Lists: kristenl (2), lanewillson (3)

Score: 6.4

72
1,020 members, 41 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: sedelia (2), sundance (3)

Score: 6.4

73
317 members, 13 reviews
4.34 stars (4.34 stars)

Lists: Jumpball (2), greeneyed_ives (3)

Score: 6.4

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

Lists: kjgormley (2), yalliejane (3)

Score: 6.4

75
4,447 members, 460 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: kamoorephoto (2), virginiahomeschooler (4)

Score: 6.19

76
3,063 members, 110 reviews
4.41 stars (4.41 stars)

Lists: virginiahomeschooler (2), Tess_W (4)

Score: 6.19

77
1,291 members, 118 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

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

Score: 6.19

78
1,132 members, 67 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: VW_Williams (2), revbean (4)

Score: 6.19

79
1,047 members, 50 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: norabelle414 (2), ablachly (4)

Score: 6.19

80
858 members, 69 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: angiestahl (2), njinthesun (4)

Score: 6.19

81
618 members, 61 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: greeneyed_ives (2), ReluctantTechie (4)

Score: 6.19

82
2,176 members, 125 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: Euryale (3), raidergirl3 (3)

Score: 6.08

83
737 members, 14 reviews
4.52 stars (4.52 stars)

Lists: bearymore (3), jillmwo (3)

Score: 6.08

84
9,016 members, 549 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: cometahalley (2), kristilabrie (5)

Score: 6.04

85
883 members, 68 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: Euryale (2), bookwoman84 (5)

Score: 6.04

86
438 members, 22 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: briarhills (2), souloftherose (5)

Score: 6.04

87
9,765 members, 153 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

Lists: Tinuvia (3), jtoneill0 (4)

Score: 5.87

88
2,296 members, 198 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: TempleCat (3), timetunnel (4)

Score: 5.87

89
1,536 members, 133 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

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

Score: 5.87

90
2,922 members, 121 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

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

Score: 5.71

91
1,206 members, 65 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: terran (3), njinthesun (5)

Score: 5.71

92
718 members, 67 reviews
3.27 stars (3.27 stars)

Lists: seasonsoflove (3), SBoren (5)

Score: 5.71

93
7,523 members, 662 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 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.

94
1,907 members, 125 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: elphie93 (4), mooingzelda (4)

Score: 5.66

95
1,495 members, 83 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

Lists: pan0ramix (4), fannyprice (4)

Score: 5.66

96
998 members, 75 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: lindapanzo (4), debnance (4)

Score: 5.66

97
12,405 members, 723 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: yalliejane (5), KerryD1971 (5)

Score: 5.35

98
71,028 members, 1,254 reviews
4.4 stars (4.4 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)

99
37,282 members, 1,074 reviews
4.36 stars (4.36 stars)

Lists: bcrowl399 (1)

Score: 4

100
28,993 members, 521 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: Tinuvia (1)

Score: 4

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Started by: lorannen (December 2017)

Type: Numbered

Limit: 5 books

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