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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
1.3343.45The Shack by William P. Young
1.2033.59The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
1.1893.49The Good Mayor by Andrew Nicoll
1.1813.77Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
1.1783.53The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
1.1533.5Father Joe by Tony Hendra
1.1153.76Proteus / Heart of the Hunter by Deon Meyer
1.1063.87Life is So Good by George Dawson
1.0973.42The Christmas Mystery by Jostein Gaarder
1.0853.65Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
1.0813.85The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
1.083.29Coastliners by Joanne Harris
1.0753.5The Soldier's Return by Melvyn Bragg
1.0623.44Ugly by Constance Briscoe
1.0613.57Bruno, Chief of Police by Martin Walker
1.063.83Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson by Mitch Albom
1.0583.86Perelandra by C. S. Lewis
1.0534.04China Court: The Hours of a Country House by Rumer Godden
1.054.02Rowan of Rin by Emily Rodda
1.0493.51A Painted House by John Grisham
1.0493.88Beloved by Toni Morrison
1.0453.89The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis
1.0413.19The Accidental by Ali Smith
1.0383.65The Riders by Tim Winton
1.033.84Ripe for the Picking by Annie Hawes
1.0243.6Miss 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
1.0153.74Lord 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
1.0073.71The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
1.0053.94Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernières
1.0023.74Dewey: 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: A Romance by A. S. Byatt
0.9753.86Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis
0.9723.66The Adventure of English by Melvyn Bragg
0.9723.38The Story of an African Farm by Olive Schreiner
0.9714.15The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
0.9693.89The Cay by Theodore Taylor
0.9663.58The Testament by John Grisham
0.9653.89The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis
0.9643.69Let Me Sing You Gentle Songs by Linda Olsson
0.9623.72The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
0.9594.14The 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
0.9554.01The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron
0.9533.77Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson
0.9493.95As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee
0.9493.65The Pilgrim's Regress: An Allegorical Apology for Christianity Reason and Romanticism by C. S. Lewis
0.9493.97Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
0.9473.92The Magician's Nephew by C. S. Lewis
0.9444.04Marley & Me by John Grogan
0.9433.75The Island by Victoria Hislop
0.9423.91The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
0.944.06Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
0.9394.04The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
0.9383.93The Solitaire Mystery by Jostein Gaarder
0.9363.58Zorro by Isabel Allende
0.9343.9The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis
0.9333.86Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
0.9324.1The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
0.933.86My Mother's Castle by Marcel Pagnol
0.9293.4A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka
0.9294.27The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
0.9293.98Have a Little Faith: A True Story (film) by Mitch Albom
0.9264.14Cry 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
0.923.8The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Jane Coatsworth
0.9193.52The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier
0.9193.88Unbowed: a Memoir by Wangari Maathai
0.9173.88Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis
0.9163.99Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
0.9163.8Chocolat by Joanne Harris
0.9163.97The 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
0.913.6Do What You Are by Paul D Tieger
0.9074.26The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
0.9074.22The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
0.9074.02A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
0.9053.85Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
0.9043.95My Father's Glory by Marcel Pagnol
0.9033.94The Plague by Albert Camus
0.9024.06The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis
0.9013.62Driving Over Lemons by Chris Stewart
0.93.82Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
0.8993.72Educating Alice: Adventures of a Curious Woman by Alice Steinbach
0.8964.09How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn
0.8964.12Pied Piper by Nevil Shute
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