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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
1.3343.46The Shack by William P. Young
1.2033.6The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
1.1893.49The Good Mayor by Andrew Nicoll
1.1813.76Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
1.1783.53The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
1.1533.5Father Joe by Tony Hendra
1.1063.86Life is So Good by George Dawson
1.0973.43The Christmas Mystery by Jostein Gaarder
1.0853.66Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
1.0813.87The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
1.083.32Coastliners by Joanne Harris
1.0753.45The Soldier's Return by Melvyn Bragg
1.0623.43Ugly by Constance Briscoe
1.0613.53Bruno, Chief of Police by Martin Walker
1.063.84Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson by Mitch Albom
1.0583.86Perelandra by C. S. Lewis
1.0534.05China Court: The Hours of a Country House by Rumer Godden
1.054.04Rowan of Rin by Emily Rodda
1.0493.5A Painted House by John Grisham
1.0493.89Beloved by Toni Morrison
1.0453.91The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis
1.0413.19The Accidental by Ali Smith
1.0383.64The Riders by Tim Winton
1.033.81Ripe for the Picking by Annie Hawes
1.0243.59Miss Garnet's Angel by Salley Vickers
1.0193.98Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
1.0183.27The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith
1.0153.75Lord of the Flies by William Golding
1.0143.43City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende
1.013.94A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
1.0093.5644 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith
1.0073.72The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
1.0053.95Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernières
1.0023.75Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron
0.9923.79Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
0.9913.77Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder
0.9913.84Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
0.983.97The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
0.9774.05Possession by A. S. Byatt
0.9753.85Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis
0.9723.68The Adventure of English by Melvyn Bragg
0.9723.41The Story of an African Farm by Olive Schreiner
0.9714.16The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
0.9693.9The Cay by Theodore Taylor
0.9663.56The Testament by John Grisham
0.9653.89The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis
0.9643.68Let Me Sing You Gentle Songs by Linda Olsson
0.9623.72The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
0.9594.15The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
0.9593.92Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
0.9583.59Blackberry Wine by Joanne Harris
0.9563.88Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life by C. S. Lewis
0.9533.77Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson
0.9493.92As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee
0.9493.66The Pilgrim's Regress: An Allegorical Apology for Christianity Reason and Romanticism by C. S. Lewis
0.9493.98Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
0.9473.94The Magician's Nephew by C. S. Lewis
0.9444.05Marley & Me by John Grogan
0.9433.76The Island by Victoria Hislop
0.9423.91The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
0.944.07Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
0.9394.05The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
0.9383.91The Solitaire Mystery by Jostein Gaarder
0.9363.59Zorro by Isabel Allende
0.9343.91The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis
0.9333.86Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
0.9324.11The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
0.933.85My Mother's Castle by Marcel Pagnol
0.9293.4A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka
0.9294.28The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
0.9293.98Have a Little Faith: A True Story by Mitch Albom
0.9264.15Cry of the Kalahari by Mark Owens
0.9253.56The Second Mrs. Gioconda by E. L. Konigsburg
0.9244.06The Vintner's Luck by Elizabeth Knox
0.923.83The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Jane Coatsworth
0.9193.52The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier
0.9193.89Unbowed: a Memoir by Wangari Maathai
0.9173.89Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis
0.9163.99Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
0.9163.8Chocolat by Joanne Harris
0.9163.98The Stranger by Albert Camus
0.9154.16Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
0.9123.92Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller
0.9113.52Hotel Pastis by Peter Mayle
0.9113.53Friends, Lovers, Chocolate by Alexander McCall Smith
0.913.58Do What You Are by Paul D Tieger
0.9074.28The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
0.9074.22The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
0.9053.85Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
0.9043.94La gloire de mon père by Marcel Pagnol
0.9033.95The Plague by Albert Camus
0.9024.07The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis
0.9013.61Driving Over Lemons by Chris Stewart
0.93.82Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
0.8993.71Educating Alice: Adventures of a Curious Woman by Alice Steinbach
0.8964.11How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn
0.8964.09Pied Piper by Nevil Shute
0.8954Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
0.8934.29Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
0.8933.19Instances of the Number 3 by Salley Vickers
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