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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
1.1893.46The Good Mayor by Andrew Nicoll
1.1813.78Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
1.1783.53The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
1.1533.5Father Joe by Tony Hendra
1.1153.77Proteus / Heart of the Hunter by Deon Meyer
1.1063.91Life is So Good by George Dawson
1.0973.44The Christmas Mystery by Jostein Gaarder
1.0853.66Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
1.0813.83The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
1.083.3Coastliners by Joanne Harris
1.0753.49The Soldier's Return by Melvyn Bragg
1.0623.46Ugly by Constance Briscoe
1.0613.6Bruno, 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
1.0583.83Perelandra by C. S. Lewis
1.0534.04China Court: The Hours of a Country House by Rumer Godden
1.054.01Rowan of Rin by Emily Rodda
1.0493.52A 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
1.0383.63The Riders by Tim Winton
1.033.83Ripe 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
1.0143.44City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende
1.013.93A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
1.0093.5444 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith
1.0073.71The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
1.0053.94Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernières
1.0023.75Dewey, the library cat by Vicki Myron
0.9923.74Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
0.9913.77Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder
0.9913.84Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
0.983.96The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
0.9774.04Possession: A Romance by A. S. Byatt
0.9753.85Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis
0.9733.99I Am Not Esther by Fleur Beale
0.9723.69The Adventure of English by Melvyn Bragg
0.9723.39The Story of an African Farm by Olive Schreiner
0.9714.15The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
0.9693.87The Cay by Theodore Taylor
0.9663.58The Testament by John Grisham
0.9653.89The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis
0.9643.7Let Me Sing You Gentle Songs by Linda Olsson
0.9623.72The No. 1 Ladiesʼ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
0.9594.13The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
0.9593.9Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
0.9583.6Blackberry Wine by Joanne Harris
0.9563.9Surprised 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
0.9533.75Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson
0.953.82Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
0.9493.93As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee
0.9493.63The 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 Emmuska, Baroness Orczy
0.9383.94The 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
0.9293.39A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka
0.9294.27The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
0.9293.99Have a Little Faith: A True Story by Mitch Albom
0.9264.14Cry of the Kalahari by Mark Owens
0.9253.57The Second Mrs. Gioconda by E. L. Konigsburg
0.9244.06The Vintner's Luck by Elizabeth Knox
0.923.79The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Jane Coatsworth
0.9193.51The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier
0.9193.88Unbowed: a Memoir by Wangari Maathai
0.9173.89Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis
0.9163.99Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
0.9163.81Chocolat by Joanne Harris
0.9163.97The Stranger by Albert Camus
0.9154.15Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
0.9123.92Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller
0.9113.51Hotel Pastis by Peter Mayle
0.9113.52Friends, Lovers, Chocolate by Alexander McCall Smith
0.913.59Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type 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
0.9074.03A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
0.9053.84Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
0.9043.96My Father's Glory by Marcel Pagnol
0.9033.95The Plague by Albert Camus
0.9024.05The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis
0.9013.62Driving Over Lemons by Chris Stewart
0.93.82Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
0.8993.7Educating Alice: Adventures of a Curious Woman by Alice Steinbach
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