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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: 226 participating members (show all)

All members' list: [1] 2 3 4 5 6 7 8Sort: Score | Title | Author | Date
1
4,396 members, 326 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
3,613 members, 243 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
4,236 members, 237 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 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
1,138 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
6,049 members, 214 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
4,701 members, 195 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 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
2,823 members, 213 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
2,409 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
1,860 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
5,246 members, 241 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

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

Score: 19.63

11
2,291 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
2,966 members, 176 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

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

Score: 18.58

13
1,885 members, 144 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

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

Score: 18.4

14
6,341 members, 434 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

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

Score: 18.04

15
4,633 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
1,843 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
2,592 members, 169 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

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

Score: 15.79

18
3,081 members, 156 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

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

Score: 15.79

19
1,728 members, 160 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

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

Score: 15.27

20
3,757 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
1,429 members, 120 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 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
6,941 members, 560 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

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

Score: 13.23

23
4,474 members, 296 reviews
4.48 stars (4.48 stars)

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

Score: 12.91

24
4,304 members, 263 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

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

Score: 12.71

25
5,206 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
10,325 members, 229 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

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

Score: 11.53

29
3,210 members, 128 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

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

Score: 11.04

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

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

Score: 10.83

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

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

Score: 10.83

32
2,234 members, 131 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

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

Score: 10.4

33
3,837 members, 206 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

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

Score: 10.19

34
2,532 members, 91 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

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

Score: 10.19

35
1,467 members, 65 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

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

Score: 10.19

36
2,944 members, 168 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

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

Score: 10.08

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

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

Score: 10.04

38
19,492 members, 346 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

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

Score: 9.71

39
2,605 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
1,294 members, 77 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

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

Score: 9.5

41
1,669 members, 82 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

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

Score: 9.23

42
1,176 members, 58 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

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

Score: 8.75

43
8,000 members, 551 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

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

Score: 8.7

44
1,027 members, 62 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

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

Score: 8.7

45
5,332 members, 116 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

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

Score: 8.39

46
2,460 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
667 members, 49 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: flying_monkeys (1), Euryale (1)

Score: 8

48
30,306 members, 421 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: shaunie (1), Annie_Arnott (2)

Score: 7.36

49
18,404 members, 826 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: serhatx (1), Annie_Arnott (3)

Score: 7.04

50
3,892 members, 273 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: flips (1), KimarieBee (3)

Score: 7.04

51
2,298 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
906 members, 64 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: elphie93 (1), KatyBee (3)

Score: 7.04

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

Lists: raidergirl3 (1), Storeetllr (3)

Score: 7.04

54
11,244 members, 154 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: Wolfman08 (1), Annie_Arnott (4)

Score: 6.83

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

Lists: lanewillson (1), davidabrams (4)

Score: 6.83

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

Lists: cometahalley (1), Jambyfool (4)

Score: 6.83

57
472 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
8,938 members, 120 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: sundance (2), FAMeulstee (2)

Score: 6.73

60
1,255 members, 93 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: Simone2 (2), maritimer (2)

Score: 6.73

61
12,016 members, 993 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: KerryD1971 (1), chgstrom (5)

Score: 6.68

62
4,462 members, 129 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: kristilabrie (1), anglemark (5)

Score: 6.68

63
4,450 members, 296 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: virginiahomeschooler (1), tina1969 (5)

Score: 6.68

64
3,088 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
1,076 members, 38 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: BLBera (1), bugaderes39 (5)

Score: 6.68

67
479 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
350 members, 21 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: ablachly (1), norabelle414 (5)

Score: 6.68

70
9,042 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
4,284 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
3,221 members, 372 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: kamoorephoto (2), virginiahomeschooler (4)

Score: 6.19

76
2,415 members, 98 reviews
4.42 stars (4.42 stars)

Lists: virginiahomeschooler (2), Tess_W (4)

Score: 6.19

77
889 members, 83 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

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

Score: 6.19

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

Lists: VW_Williams (2), revbean (4)

Score: 6.19

79
753 members, 62 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: angiestahl (2), njinthesun (4)

Score: 6.19

80
516 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
4,219 members, 312 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
1,718 members, 102 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: Euryale (3), raidergirl3 (3)

Score: 6.08

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

Lists: bearymore (3), jillmwo (3)

Score: 6.08

85
8,020 members, 500 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

Lists: cometahalley (2), kristilabrie (5)

Score: 6.04

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

Lists: Euryale (2), bookwoman84 (5)

Score: 6.04

87
326 members, 17 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: briarhills (2), souloftherose (5)

Score: 6.04

88
8,790 members, 137 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Lists: Tinuvia (3), jtoneill0 (4)

Score: 5.87

89
1,589 members, 140 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: TempleCat (3), timetunnel (4)

Score: 5.87

90
1,279 members, 114 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

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

Score: 5.87

91
2,017 members, 94 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

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

Score: 5.71

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

Lists: terran (3), njinthesun (5)

Score: 5.71

93
638 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
6,535 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
1,240 members, 82 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Lists: elphie93 (4), mooingzelda (4)

Score: 5.66

97
1,170 members, 63 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 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
10,231 members, 646 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: yalliejane (5), KerryD1971 (5)

Score: 5.35

100
64,516 members, 1,155 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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