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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
1.1813.44Excuse 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
1.1453.98You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
1.1343.58Wild 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
1.1033.61Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
1.0974.07Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly by Gail Carson Levine
1.0653.69The Otherworldlies by Jennifer Anne Kogler
1.0523.89Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
1.0473.69The 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
1.0213.45Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire
1.0183.88Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
1.0173.11Pig Island by Mo Hayder
1.0163.52The 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
0.9853.65The 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
0.9284.42Energy Medicine by Donna Eden
0.9253.76Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult
0.9233.81Seventh Heaven by Alice Hoffman
0.9173.62World of Pies: A Novel by Karen Stolz
0.9153.61The 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
0.9073.44The Magicians by Lev Grossman
0.9073.86Blind Descent by Nevada Barr
0.9073.76Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo
0.9053.94A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle
0.9033.49How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
0.9013.44How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier
0.93.34The 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
0.8923.82The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
0.893.9The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
0.8854.26Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling
0.8823.94The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
0.884.17Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
0.884.01A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle
0.8773.68The 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
0.8733.52Liberty 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
0.8613.8The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman
0.863.8Lament by Maggie Stiefvater
0.8563.92Charlie Bone and the Beast by Jenny Nimmo
0.8464.09In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
0.8433.94Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat by Lynne Jonell
0.8424.05Savvy by Ingrid Law
0.844.02The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
0.8383.78Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy by Jenny Nimmo
0.8373.68Deep South by Nevada Barr
0.8274.19Wise Child by Monica Furlong
0.8224.06Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
0.8224.12Generations: The History of America's Future, 1584 to 2069 by Neil Howe
0.8193.64Hunting Season by Nevada Barr
0.8123.76Catching Genius by Kristy Kiernan
0.8013.86Charlie 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
0.7784.12Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss by Joel Fuhrman
0.7774.15Spells & Sleeping Bags by Sarah Mlynowski
0.7744.19The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
0.7613.61Ill Wind by Nevada Barr
0.7553.75Spanish Dagger by Susan Wittig Albert
0.7513.7City of Masks by Daniel Hecht
0.743.87Charlie Bone And The Shadow by Jenny Nimmo
0.7394.08The 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
0.6664.42Walking on Water : Reflections on faith and art by Madeleine L'Engle
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