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Top Five Books of 2021

Description: The year is coming to an end, and our December List of the Month is dedicated to your Top Five Books of 2021. Please note that books don't need to have been published in 2021, just read this year. You can see the LT Staffer picks at the LT Blog: https://blog.librarything.com/2021/12/top-five-books-of-2021/ And participate in the conversation on Talk: https://www.librarything.com/topic/337286

Members: 139 participating members (show all)

All members' list: [1] 2 3 4 5 6Sort: Score | Title | Author | Date
1
2,504 members, 133 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: jonathankws (1), JTolson1970 (1), AlexThurman (1), nonil (1), JulieStielstra (1), kaida46 (1), drbobingv (1), Boand (1), souloftherose (2), LDVoorberg (2), bookmess (2)7 more, raidergirl3 (3), timetunnel (3), anglemark (3), OphelieDepoortere (4), Andrew.Beck (4), KWSVERNON (4), bookwoman84 (5)

Score: 62.37

Explanations:

kaida46 (1): I've never read anything like this, great fantasy, creative, unusual,descriptive, and an enjoyable ride.

Boand (1): The most original book I’ve read this year! A truly spellbinding, intriguing and tricksy narrative that never fails to draw you in to the magic of the narrator’s journey. The finale is totally unexpected, shocking and completely blindsided me. This is a book that I will definitely be reading again and that is something I very rarely do. I look forward to being engrossed once again in this glorious fantasy.… (more)

2
2,120 members, 140 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

Lists: AAAO (1), Micheller7 (1), steller0707 (2), Andrew.Beck (2), charl08 (4), sturlington (4), holly_golightly (4)

Score: 23.21

3
1,930 members, 117 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: AmourFou (1), dianeham (1), KatyBee (2), jeanned (3), KWSVERNON (3), Milda-TX (3), sturlington (5)

Score: 23.16

4
1,332 members, 84 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

Lists: shaunie (1), skyrad43 (2), Rchlwtsn (3), FAMeulstee (3), njinthesun (4), gypsysmom (5)

Score: 18.95

5
1,674 members, 105 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: dara85 (1), AAAO (2), JTolson1970 (2), Scraphorse (2), yesyvonne (5)

Score: 16.77

6
2,100 members, 124 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

Lists: OphelieDepoortere (1), KWSVERNON (2), SimoneA (3), yoyogod (4), Milda-TX (5)

Score: 15.91

7
1,484 members, 78 reviews
4.42 stars (4.42 stars)

Lists: AmourFou (2), vwinsloe (2), AAAO (3), JorgeousJotts (3), charl08 (5)

Score: 15.48

8
1,013 members, 39 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: lkmiller (1), lscan2 (1), Cora-R (3), edgewood (3)

Score: 14.08

9
404 members, 12 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: Jjean7 (1), ManWithAnAgenda (1), Andrew.Beck (3), sqr3cls3 (5)

Score: 13.71

11
217 members, 14 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: charl08 (1), terran (2), dianeham (2), bookmess (5)

Score: 13.4

12
969 members, 54 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 stars)

Lists: mooingzelda (1), Jjean7 (2), bookmess (3), Andrew.Beck (5)

Score: 13.08

13
504 members, 41 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: HelenGress (1), mdexter (3), bearette24 (3), Tosta (4)

Score: 12.91

14
4,026 members, 232 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Lists: charl08 (2), shedgeco (2), steller0707 (3), ahef1963 (5)

Score: 12.44

15
16,038 members, 434 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: KWSVERNON (1), bookmess (1), knerd.knitter (1)

Score: 12

Explanations:

knerd.knitter (1): This year I discovered a love for the books of Haruki Murakami; I have yet to read one of his books that I don’t like, but this has been my favorite so far!… (more)

16
6,215 members, 329 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

Lists: steller0707 (1), Andrew.Beck (1), katemcangus (1)

Score: 12

17
1,325 members, 68 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Lists: Rchlwtsn (1), Scraphorse (1), perennialreader (1)

Score: 12

18
489 members, 25 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: JuliaMaria (1), edparks (1), KatyBee (4)

Score: 10.83

19
253 members, 15 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: guido47 (1), perennialreader (2), dianeham (3)

Score: 10.4

20
1,626 members, 83 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: holly_golightly (1), Capybara_99 (2), nonil (4)

Score: 10.19

21
907 members, 58 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: vwinsloe (1), IsolaBlue (3), Milda-TX (4)

Score: 9.87

22
576 members, 31 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: KatyBee (1), N1na (4), markhopp

Score: 9.87

23
3,852 members, 173 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: Rchlwtsn (2), SimoneA (2), rretzler (3)

Score: 9.77

24
4,490 members, 265 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: SimoneA (1), FAMeulstee (4), KWSVERNON (5)

Score: 9.5

25
1,051 members, 65 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Lists: bjappleg8 (2), skyrad43 (3), jeanned (4)

Score: 9.23

26
539 members, 24 reviews
4.42 stars (4.42 stars)

Lists: jeanned (2), charl08 (3), tardis (4)

Score: 9.23

27
914 members, 50 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: kristenl (2), edparks (5), cmtl

Score: 9.08

28
62,402 members, 1,030 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (2), AAAO (4), Rchlwtsn (4)

Score: 9.02

Explanations:

hipdeep (2): In the audio book version released by Planet Money - which is not as good as if professional actors had done it, but was a darn nice way to celebrate Public Domain Day nonetheless.… (more)

29
1,030 members, 70 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: sturlington (3), sqr3cls3 (3), skyrad43 (4)

Score: 8.91

30
159 members, 7 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy (1), Storeetllr (1)

Score: 8

Explanations:

Storeetllr (1): More than *just* astrophysics.

31
815 members, 61 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: greeneyed_ives (1), sqr3cls3 (2)

Score: 7.36

32
686 members, 31 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (1), aspirit (2)

Score: 7.36

33
1,883 members, 142 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

Lists: Cora-R (1), Storeetllr (3)

Score: 7.04

34
1,305 members, 16 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

Lists: MichaelHodges (1), CarltonC (3)

Score: 7.04

Explanations:

CarltonC (3): History brilliantly recorded in the making, with the immediacy and urgency of journalism, which you don’t encounter in academic history books.

35
285 members, 16 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: avanders (1), noveltea

Score: 7.04

36
276 members, 7 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: ablachly (1), Aquila (3)

Score: 7.04

37
269 members, 18 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: Dilara86 (1), libraryhead (3)

Score: 7.04

38
152 members, 6 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 stars)

Lists: IsolaBlue (1), JuliaMaria (3)

Score: 7.04

39
489 members, 8 reviews
4.35 stars (4.35 stars)

Lists: Tess_W (1), bookmess (4)

Score: 6.83

40
556 members, 46 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: yesyvonne (2), njinthesun (2)

Score: 6.73

41
304 members, 26 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: lkmiller (2), tardis (2)

Score: 6.73

42
20,249 members, 370 reviews
4.39 stars (4.39 stars)

Lists: chwiggy (1), dhm (5)

Score: 6.68

Explanations:

dhm (5): Once read, couldn’t not be on the list.

43
11,649 members, 617 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: rhian_of_oz (2), markhopp

Score: 6.4

44
1,841 members, 96 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

Lists: Minthe (2), holly_golightly (3)

Score: 6.4

45
1,092 members, 22 reviews
4.36 stars (4.36 stars)

Lists: MichaelHodges (2), timspalding (3)

Score: 6.4

46
162 members, 11 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: JenMDB (2), starfishian (3)

Score: 6.4

47
302 members, 25 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: Storeetllr (2), ManWithAnAgenda (4)

Score: 6.19

48
155 members, 9 reviews
3.68 stars (3.68 stars)

Lists: AlexThurman (2), aethercowboy (4)

Score: 6.19

Explanations:

aethercowboy (4): A worth follow up to The Circle, showing the dangers and dystopia of letting the tech giants be our gods.

49
39 members, 1 review
5 stars (5 stars)

Lists: MichaelHodges (3), paradoxosalpha (3)

Score: 6.08

Explanations:

paradoxosalpha (3): A magisterial intellectual biography of a precocious and neglected social theorist.

50
21,841 members, 436 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: mattries37315 (2), AAAO (5)

Score: 6.04

51
4,175 members, 288 reviews
4.37 stars (4.37 stars)

Lists: rretzler (2), skyrad43 (5)

Score: 6.04

52
1,932 members, 116 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: knerd.knitter (2), SimoneA (5)

Score: 6.04

Explanations:

knerd.knitter (2): This book is a beautiful, fantastical journey…

53
36,008 members, 1,037 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: kristilabrie (3), steller0707 (4)

Score: 5.87

54
859 members, 64 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

Lists: tardis (3), Storeetllr (4)

Score: 5.87

Explanations:

Storeetllr (4): Murderbot. No need to say more.

55
1,824 members, 109 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: Julie_in_the_Library (3), raidergirl3 (5)

Score: 5.71

56
36 members, 4 reviews
4.56 stars (4.56 stars)

Lists: MichaelHodges (4), Boand (4)

Score: 5.66

Explanations:

Boand (4): A brilliantly told thriller in the Bryant & May canon. Fowler has honed his narrative and characters to a truly sublime level in this addictive page turner. Possibly the last in the series, or perhaps not, the secrets revealed about London and the detective duo continue to enthral and surprise.… (more)

57
45,079 members, 429 reviews
4.52 stars (4.52 stars)

Lists: RobtCM (1)

Score: 4

58
16,582 members, 159 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: RBeffa (1)

Score: 4

59
8,436 members, 236 reviews
4.37 stars (4.37 stars)

Lists: Milda-TX (1)

Score: 4

60
8,311 members, 182 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: JenMDB (1)

Score: 4

61
7,060 members, 126 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

Lists: bjappleg8 (1)

Score: 4

62
5,868 members, 323 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

Lists: rhian_of_oz (1)

Score: 4

63
4,543 members, 291 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: Minthe (1)

Score: 4

64
3,937 members, 49 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: rretzler (1)

Score: 4

65
3,824 members, 111 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: paradoxosalpha (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

paradoxosalpha (1): A darkly funny novel of cosmic justice writ very small. I hate it when that happens.

66
3,186 members, 129 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: craso (1)

Score: 4

67
3,148 members, 143 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: anglemark (1)

Score: 4

68
3,147 members, 219 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: nx74defiant (1)

Score: 4

69
3,011 members, 204 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: sturlington (1)

Score: 4

70
2,217 members, 91 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: dhm (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

dhm (1): All three parts of the trilogy are amazing — this middle book I enjoyed especially.

71
2,155 members, 108 reviews
4.45 stars (4.45 stars)

Lists: Euryale (1)

Score: 4

72
2,016 members, 145 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: cbl_tn (1)

Score: 4

73
1,639 members, 43 reviews
4.5 stars (4.5 stars)

Lists: mattries37315 (1)

Score: 4

74
1,330 members, 116 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: LyndaInOregon (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

LyndaInOregon (1): Picoult's readers know by now to expect a twist at the end. But this one was so unexpected it literally left me with my mouth hanging open. On re-reading, however, the clues were there.… (more)

75
1,255 members, 15 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (1)

Score: 4

76
1,068 members, 83 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: LDVoorberg (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

LDVoorberg (1): hats off to Neil Smith (translator) for helping capture the hope and humanity amidst darkness and despair in this novel that so beautifully balances the reality of a community… (more)

77
1,032 members, 75 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: karenmarie (1)

Score: 4

78
691 members, 40 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

Lists: Emma.June.Lyon (1)

Score: 4

79
673 members, 28 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)

Lists: bookwoman84 (1)

Score: 4

80
656 members, 22 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: aprille (1)

Score: 4

81
597 members, 30 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: Tosta (1)

Score: 4

82
534 members, 35 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: jeanned (1)

Score: 4

83
506 members, 21 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: Onj (1)

Score: 4

84
487 members, 39 reviews
3.49 stars (3.49 stars)

Lists: shedgeco (1)

Score: 4

85
478 members, 24 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: N1na (1)

Score: 4

86
454 members, 22 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

Lists: SandSing7 (1)

Score: 4

87
447 members, 20 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: Aquila (1)

Score: 4

88
422 members, 20 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: ReluctantTechie (1)

Score: 4

89
401 members, 20 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: mahsdad (1)

Score: 4

90
387 members, 15 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: tina1969 (1)

Score: 4

91
333 members, 7 reviews
4.58 stars (4.58 stars)

Lists: FAMeulstee (1)

Score: 4

92
332 members, 14 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

Lists: bearette24 (1)

Score: 4

93
321 members, 14 reviews
3.41 stars (3.41 stars)

Lists: timetunnel (1)

Score: 4

94
319 members, 7 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: Verkruissen (1)

Score: 4

95
301 members, 6 reviews
4.36 stars (4.36 stars)

Lists: aethercowboy (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

aethercowboy (1): As a follow up to 12 Rules For Life, I found this one a worthy successor to the first.

96
283 members, 7 reviews
4.51 stars (4.51 stars)

Lists: hildretha (1)

Score: 4

97
276 members, 18 reviews
3.48 stars (3.48 stars)

Lists: Quaisior (1)

Score: 4

98
217 members, 11 reviews
3.47 stars (3.47 stars)

Lists: Edward (1)

Score: 4

99
212 members, 13 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: susanbooks (1)

Score: 4

100
209 members, 25 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: IMBOS (1)

Score: 4

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Started by: AbigailAdams26 (December 5, 2021)

Type: Numbered and unnumbered

Limit: 5 books

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