Recommend the 20 best books you've read in the last five years

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A casual acquaintance is looking for ideas about books to read, but you don't know much about their tastes. Thinking back over your last five years of reading, which books would you recommend?
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stillramona, generalkala, bookworm12, eshaw27, booksinbed, mccin68, bookaholicgirl, fvg, Aerrin99, citygirl, sianpr, mmignano11, goldenlobo, Somateria, hildretha, stephenis, JCBest, skyrad43, sbodmer, myers3, brenzi, perennialreader, kathyann1229, mishy215, pagewright, bsnbabe68, Simone2, tina1969, katie4098, PrueGallagher, kappasigma, Winny99, Fjumonvi, Canadian_Down_Under, shutch, ahef1963, Diane-bpcb, jan48, Lyn5r, AngelGH, LenoreR, venus.radfordbell, elainemberman, readinglife11, nitascrib1, Minneba, Rdra1962, prof_em, neicybee, HalHinson, TeriAndersonNeedham, ParanoidMaryMarvel, patty6116, Jelissa88, contegobay, viharsheth, MaggieFP, Kiwiclaire50, AmberCA, roojs, AmySKNunez, Eiseley.Staff, La_gatta, Priyanka.6033, RubyJadeG, Venditti, AmyRoden, RanaMohamed, Sscully, P.Stevens, ,grnman ,lorannen ,KerryMcGuire ,
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Somateria: My favourite novel of all time, first read at school many years ago, before I'd been to Cornwall. Re-read several times, most recently for a book club.
mishy215: I've read this book twice seen the movie several times. I just love the suspenseful tone of the book.
PrueGallagher: The writing beautifully evokes the period and the entire novel is tense and atmospheric
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booksinbed, johnpdeever, citygirl, chellerystick, Crypto-Willobie, lemicnic1227, Simone2, lordcharles, Lapsus16, zumstein, AvitaCosno, joanra21, Risbom, WhatUsername, smcb, NoPlanetB, madhatter73, dawndouble, sadbookgirl, kamalsood, sockitahme, CharlesTheB, mysimas, Dave_Underwood, izzy45, tyronerees,gilroy , ,zapzap ,PrueGallagher
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PrueGallagher : I don't care that the beauty of the writing puts you on Humbolt's side or that Lolita holds so much power; it's still a book about pedophilia and I will not feel sorry for Humbolt
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aprille, SqueakyChu, pammab, bookworm12, goldenmoon, KimarieBee, amysisson, kxn11, goldenlobo, hammockqueen, KatyBee, Jenny1013, IrishSue, Winny99, Penske, KittyTwist, richard_c, WendyRobyn, archanads, nankan,pitjrw , ,aulsmith
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: Bad science fiction, terrible dialogue, and really bad theology.
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donutage, fifthbusy, kootibkiteer, RobinMG, briarhills, smasler, rozymary, Risbom, WhatUsername, HelenGress, Peace2, richard_c, ParanoidMaryMarvel, Jelissa88, SundayN
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donutage: An inventive and, by the end, surprisingly moving story of an orphan raised in and by a graveyard. Categorized as a YA title, which is understandable, but I consider it also a meditation on parenthood.
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pechmerle, rstaedter, Kieln, lillypatti72, SpreeMetVoeten, Lapsus16, rozymary, peterveen, LoneS, linlef, kazzer2u, Michael_Gibbons, CharlesTheB
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pechmerle: A combination of East Asian history, historical romance, suspense, and writing style that is irresistible. A little knowledge of Japanese history before reading makes it a much richer reading experience.
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gilroy, applemcg, brianc6, lordcharles, martensgirl, eclecticdodo, joanra21, Peace2, chwiggy, Femklutz, CharlesTheB, ijamiedee, Kylagm
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lordcharles: Opened my eyes to a number of things - and possibilities. Frightening. On pet.
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Shrike58, Aquila, Euryale, ArieJvdP, dhm, SusiLibrarian, RobinMG, Dilara86, zjakkelien, gypsysmom, lorannen, jpahl,ayaeckel
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Shrike58: Another current example of the best state of the art of modern SF that builds on the traditions of the field (imagine what a collaboration between Le Guin & Cherryh would look like) while trying to extend the state of the art. Some people think this is a bad thing, and I'm not sure that Leckie's tricks of language always work, but this is ultimately a very individual story of how one comes by personal dignity.
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aprille, donutage, unspuncapricorn, dmsteyn, smasler, tjsween, AmourFou, pseudoeden, CharlesTheB, NidiaMR86, CLMor,KerryMcGuire ,booksbooks63
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donutage: It's a "classic" for a reason. Ambitious, profound, playful, at times bizarre. Like many, I read this back in high school and was somewhat flummoxed by the "boring" "digressions" about whale anatomy and sailing ships. When I re-read it a couple years ago, I was more willing to take the sprawling narrative on its own terms and found it infinitely enjoyable.
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