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Controversial Books

This page shows your 100 most controversial books, as measured by the standard deviation of members star ratings. (This is also the source of the Zeitgeist category "25 Books People Can't Agree on.") To be included, a book must have been rated at least 20 times. Work titles are given.

Standard
Deviation
RatingTitle
1.1813.49Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting: The Astonishing Power of Feelings by Lynn Grabhorn
1.1783.53The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
1.1463.85Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
1.1454.01You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
1.1343.59Wild Life by Molly Gloss
1.1293.76Our Lady of the Lost and Found: A Novel of Mary, Faith, and Friendship by Diane Schoemperlen
1.1073.67The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
1.1033.6Wicked by Gregory Maguire
1.0974.06Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly by Gail Carson Levine
1.0653.7The Otherworldlies by Jennifer Anne Kogler
1.0523.88Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
1.0473.68The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
1.033.69Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker: 200 Recipes for Healthy and Hearty One-Pot Meals That Are Ready When You Are by Robin Robertson
1.0213.44Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire
1.0183.88Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
1.0173.11Pig Island by Mo Hayder
1.0163.53The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst
1.0113.34The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
0.9983.8Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism by Georgia Byng
0.9963.36Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
0.9923.87The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
0.9853.66The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland
0.9843.75Essential Reiki: A Complete Guide to an Ancient Healing Art by Diane Stein
0.9633.93The Hours by Michael Cunningham
0.9594.13The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
0.9563.82A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
0.9543.39Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
0.9464.1A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
0.9284.3Energy Medicine by Donna Eden
0.9253.75Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult
0.9233.81Seventh Heaven by Alice Hoffman
0.9173.61World of Pies by Karen Stolz
0.9153.6The Sum of Our Days: A Memoir by Isabel Allende
0.914.19Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A. Balch
0.9083.73Charlie Bone and the Time Twister by Jenny Nimmo
0.9073.45The Magicians by Lev Grossman
0.9073.88Blind Descent by Nevada Barr
0.9073.75Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo
0.9053.94A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle
0.9033.5How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
0.9013.44How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier
0.93.32The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike
0.8993.94Dracula by Bram Stoker
0.8973.48The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman
0.8964.18The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health by T. Colin Campbell
0.8954Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
0.8923.83The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
0.893.9The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
0.8854.27Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) by J. K. Rowling
0.8823.94The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
0.884.16Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
0.884.01A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle
0.8773.67The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
0.8753.9Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver
0.8743.99The Irrational Season by Madeleine L'Engle
0.8744Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
0.8733.55Liberty Falling by Nevada Barr
0.8654.18Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
0.8643.8Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors by Jenny Nimmo
0.8624.09The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
0.8613.81The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman
0.863.79Lament by Maggie Stiefvater
0.8563.92Charlie Bone and the Beast by Jenny Nimmo
0.8464.08In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
0.8433.91Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat by Lynne Jonell
0.8424.06Savvy by Ingrid Law
0.844.01The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
0.8383.78Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy by Jenny Nimmo
0.8373.7Deep South by Nevada Barr
0.8274.19Wise Child by Monica Furlong
0.8224.05Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
0.8224.11Generations: The History of America's Future, 1584 to 2069 by Neil Howe
0.8193.65Hunting Season by Nevada Barr
0.8123.79Catching Genius by Kristy Kiernan
0.8013.87Charlie Bone and the Hidden King by Jenny Nimmo
0.7974.11The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages
0.7873.62The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn: A Novel (P.S.) by Janis Hallowell
0.7784.14Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss by Joel Fuhrman
0.7774.13Spells & Sleeping Bags by Sarah Mlynowski
0.7744.19The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
0.7613.6Ill Wind by Nevada Barr
0.7553.77Spanish Dagger by Susan Wittig Albert
0.7513.71City of Masks by Daniel Hecht
0.743.86Charlie Bone And The Shadow by Jenny Nimmo
0.7394.09The New Laurel's Kitchen: A Handbook for Vegetarian Cookery and Nutrition by Laurel Robertson
0.7183.84The Usual Rules by Joyce Maynard
0.7153.59Three Women: A Novel by Marge Piercy
0.6984.16Juniper by Monica Furlong
0.6664.39Walking on Water : Reflections on faith and art by Madeleine L'Engle
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