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Favorite stars25 top-favorited authors

J.R.R. Tolkien (3097), J. K. Rowling (3001), Jane Austen (2858), Neil Gaiman (2799), Terry Pratchett (2269), Stephen King (2112), Douglas Adams (1576), C. S. Lewis (1459), Kurt Vonnegut (1389), Haruki Murakami (1298), William Shakespeare (1230), Margaret Atwood (1125), Fyodor Dostoevsky (1098), Isaac Asimov (970), George Orwell (968), John Steinbeck (866), Stephenie Meyer (848), Charles Dickens (842), Agatha Christie (831), Philip K. Dick (816), George R. R. Martin (805), Ursula K. Le Guin (793), Neal Stephenson (779), Ray Bradbury (747), Edgar Allan Poe (738), Robert A. Heinlein (724), Oscar Wilde (723), Jasper Fforde (706), Roald Dahl (700), Gabriel García Márquez (693), John Irving (692), Jorge Luis Borges (691), P. G. Wodehouse (689), Chuck Palahniuk (684), Vladimir Nabokov (684), Orson Scott Card (678), Ernest Hemingway (676), H. P. Lovecraft (673), Bill Bryson (670), Diana Gabaldon (669), Mark Twain (666), Cormac McCarthy (657), Franz Kafka (651), Anne Rice (639), Arthur Conan Doyle (636), Virginia Woolf (629), Nora Roberts (626), Charlotte Brontë (620), David Sedaris (610), Charlaine Harris (594) — show more

50 top-rated authors

Authors rated by at least 50 members (average/ratings/raters).

Constance Cappel (4.8/171/59), Janet Arnold (4.75/289/130), The Kyoto Costume Institute (4.74/85/85), Crossway Bibles (4.69/605/529), Ollie Johnston (4.68/92/80), Arthur G. Bennett (4.68/187/187), William R. Trumble (4.67/83/83), Nisargadatta Maharaj (4.67/98/77), Karl Elliger (4.65/104/104), Frank H. Netter (4.65/94/51), William M. Gaines (4.64/387/61), Harold Abelson (4.62/215/212), Bill Watterson (4.62/10151/3169), Richard Williams (4.61/53/53), George Frideric Handel (4.59/202/87), Bryan Stevenson (4.59/198/198), June Hiatt (4.57/68/68), Elizabeth Shown Mills (4.57/317/189), Luigi Serafini (4.57/106/104), Russel Lazega (4.57/61/61), Avraham Azrieli (4.56/295/151), Drew Daywalt (4.56/571/495), Ninya Mikhaila (4.56/60/60), Steve Purcell (4.55/76/58), Carla Emery (4.55/97/97), Rena Kornreich Gelissen (4.55/54/54), Don Rosa (4.55/519/186), Harold McGee (4.55/422/395), Albert Seba (4.54/60/57), Michael Whelan (4.54/89/67), Eberhard Nestle (4.53/203/200), Alexander Roberts (4.53/111/56), Robert A. Caro (4.53/1088/584), Menena Cottin (4.52/123/123), Ki Longfellow (4.52/252/190), Jeff Brumbeau (4.52/100/80), James Jean (4.52/78/50), John Williams (4.52/105/64), Lindsay Mattick (4.52/112/113), Stanley Kunitz (4.51/79/69), Douglas A. Blackmon (4.51/83/83), Tom Tierney (4.51/612/89), Lin-Manuel Miranda (4.51/95/94), Johann Sebastian Bach (4.51/390/139), Jim Pojar (4.51/68/60), Ludwig van Beethoven (4.51/362/120), Margaret Grieve (4.51/97/69), W. Richard Stevens (4.5/306/181), David Allen Sibley (4.5/463/289), Brandon Stanton (4.5/187/159) — show more

50 lowest-rated authors

Rich Shapero (1.66/64/64), Randy Davila (2.15/123/123), Robin Wyatt Dunn (2.16/98/81), Christopher Ransom (2.19/139/134), Hal Lindsey (2.37/157/102), Jessica Cutler (2.38/56/56), Rebecca Campbell (2.45/59/54), Michael Gerber (2.52/207/166), Sue Lange (2.52/63/58), John B. Olson (2.54/198/189), Simon Cox (2.58/90/86), Melissa P. (2.59/200/192), Alexandra Ulysses (2.6/87/87), Nancy Balbirer (2.6/60/60), O. J. Simpson (2.6/78/76), Emma Tennant (2.61/218/176), Joanne Dahme (2.65/54/51), Arabella Weir (2.65/64/60), Adèle Lang (2.67/59/58), Ellen Fein (2.68/91/72), Kaavya Viswanathan (2.68/90/90), Janet Groth (2.7/54/54), John Milne (2.7/66/59), Simon (2.71/174/143), Catherine Millet (2.72/212/207), Anna Sam (2.72/63/63), Jacquelyn Cook (2.73/97/89), Erich von Däniken (2.73/560/389), Vonda McIntyre (2.73/208/205), Trudy Baker (2.73/67/63), Eden Cole (2.75/119/55), Andrew Keen (2.75/165/165), Charlotte Roche (2.75/330/314), Douglas Monroe (2.77/59/51), James Bradley (2.77/141/135), Naomi Kramer (2.78/80/74), Michael Drosnin (2.78/151/135), Vonna Harper (2.78/88/51), Thomas Kohnstamm (2.79/52/52), Robin Kirman (2.79/50/50), Steve Lookner (2.79/74/68), Frank Brennan (2.79/104/93), Phil Hellmuth (2.8/62/59), Tawny Taylor (2.8/147/100), Phoenix Desmond (2.81/57/57), Jill Price (2.81/53/53), Grant R. Jeffrey (2.81/85/62), Nostradamus (2.81/97/83), Heleen van Royen (2.81/197/126), Tracy Quan (2.82/117/92) — show more

50 authors people can't agree on

Must have 50 raters. The numbers are the standard deviation of rating—how much they differ from the average.

Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (1.96), Joseph Smith (1.71), Victoria Foyt (1.63), Holy Ghost Writer (1.49), Natalie Gittelson (1.49), Sayed A. A. Razwy (1.44), Michael J. Behe (1.44), Douglas Monroe (1.44), John Hagee (1.43), Mrs. Henry Wood (1.43), Rick Joyner (1.42), Hal Lindsey (1.42), Robert Newcomb (1.41), Immanuel Velikovsky (1.4), Alexandra Ulysses (1.39), Judy Katschke (1.39), Adolf Hitler (1.39), William Dembski (1.38), Lois H. Gresh (1.38), Debi Pearl (1.38), Andrew Sinclair (1.38), E. L. James (1.37), David Icke (1.37), Stan Lauryssens (1.37), Sharon Lathan (1.36), Miley Cyrus (1.35), Charles Grandison Finney (1.35), Rhonda Byrne (1.35), William Cooper (1.35), Kevin Trudeau (1.35), Ravinder Singh (1.34), A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1.34), T. Lobsang Rampa (1.34), John Maynard Keynes (1.33), Ken Ham (1.33), Jessica Cutler (1.33), William P. Young (1.33), C. I. Scofield (1.33), Kate Douglas (1.33), Kirsty Moseley (1.32), Nina Malkin (1.32), Richard Abanes (1.32), Natasha Preston (1.32), L. Ron Hubbard (1.32), Michael Pearl (1.31), Hugh Ross (1.31), Mark Booth (1.31), Frank J. Tipler (1.31), Simon (1.31), Omar Tyree (1.31) — show more

50 uncontroversial authors

The least divergent star ratings. Must have 50 raters.

Authors who LibraryThing (complete list)

Lee Child, Diana Gabaldon, Don Maitz, John Green, Brandon Sanderson, David Brin, Sandra Brown, Laurie R. King, Jon Scieszka, Jude Deveraux, Laurie Halse Anderson, Diane Duane, Ann Brashares, Jennifer Weiner, Naomi Novik, Patrick Rothfuss, James Rollins, Joe Hill, Nancy Holder, Elizabeth Bear, James Dashner, Lisa See, Katie MacAlister, Andrew Gross, John Carey, Chris Bohjalian, Janny Wurts, Dan Chaon, Melissa Marr, Manon Smits, Susan Mallery, Jo Beverley, Sharon Kay Penman, Tite Kubo, Susan Wittig Albert, Adriana Trigiani, Susan Wiggs, Alan Furst, Randy Alcorn, Edward R. Tufte, Sarah Addison Allen, Marie Jones, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Sharon Lee, Geerten Meijsing, Matthew Pearl, Sherryl Woods, Lynn Viehl, Deborah Harkness, Neal Asher — see the full list.

Top 75 authors (author cloud)

By number of copies

J. K. Rowling (581,665), Stephen King (445,097), Terry Pratchett (364,935), J.R.R. Tolkien (284,944), C. S. Lewis (270,527), Neil Gaiman (246,458), William Shakespeare (237,938), Nora Roberts (237,660), Agatha Christie (217,963), James Patterson (201,101), Jane Austen (181,904), Isaac Asimov (175,004), Charles Dickens (171,043), Stephenie Meyer (169,464), John Grisham (159,856), Janet Evanovich (145,614), Orson Scott Card (143,496), Dan Brown (143,262), Anne McCaffrey (141,963), Dr. Seuss (140,519), Dean Koontz (134,935), Kurt Vonnegut (133,667), Anne Rice (129,471), Roald Dahl (128,037), George Orwell (127,577), Douglas Adams (127,326), John Steinbeck (122,447), George R. R. Martin (121,011), Robert A. Heinlein (120,480), Mercedes Lackey (120,091), Charlaine Harris (115,996), Margaret Atwood (111,012), Mark Twain (110,541), Suzanne Collins (110,242), Laurell K. Hamilton (109,205), Robert Jordan (106,523), Lemony Snicket (103,906), Ernest Hemingway (103,273), Michael Crichton (102,864), Mary Pope Osborne (102,840), Piers Anthony (99,098), Fyodor Dostoevsky (98,660), Haruki Murakami (98,611), Ray Bradbury (95,982), Rick Riordan (95,354), Philip Pullman (92,056), Jim Butcher (91,865), Gabriel García Márquez (90,210), Bill Bryson (87,941), Philip K. Dick (87,036), Patricia Cornwell (86,483), Jodi Picoult (86,463), Ursula K. Le Guin (86,433), Tom Clancy (85,150), David Eddings (84,669), F. Scott Fitzgerald (83,507), Arthur Conan Doyle (82,872), Carolyn Keene (82,686), Frank Herbert (80,469), Arthur C. Clarke (79,649), L. M. Montgomery (79,454), Tamora Pierce (78,893), J. D. Salinger (78,350), Neal Stephenson (78,260), Michael Connelly (78,225), Alexander McCall Smith (77,161), Madeleine L'Engle (73,325), Umberto Eco (73,125), Chuck Palahniuk (72,883), Stieg Larsson (72,619), Nicholas Sparks (72,182), John Irving (71,981), Clive Cussler (71,178), Leo Tolstoy (71,004), Anonymous (70,223) — show more

50 "completist" authors

Average number of books in a collection, if there's one.

Colleen Doran (60.93), Tracy Hickman (53.83), Wilhelm Grimm (51.79), Christopher Tolkien (48.65), Marc Hempel (46.72), Gentry Lee (40.71), Charles Vess (34.53), Mark Victor Hansen (32.07), Edward FitzGerald (31.02), George R. Stewart (29.44), John L. Bull (29.09), Simone Beck (27.58), Jerry B. Jenkins (22.97), Albert Uderzo (22.18), Mike Allred (22.16), Elinor M. Brent-Dyer (20.89), Lincoln Child (19.84), Skip Williams (19.52), Tasha Tudor (19.07), Richard Sapir (18.87), Kenneth Robeson (17.98), Bryan Talbot (17.68), Ann Hood (16.58), Jack Du Brul (16.17), Deborah Turner Harris (15.6), Jerry Pournelle (15.16), Eiichiro Oda (14.9), P. Craig Russell (14.9), Yumi Tamura (14.88), Don Pendleton (14.87), Nora Roberts (14.82), Neta Jackson (14.8), CLAMP (14.23), Elsie Jeanette Oxenham (14.22), Walter Ralston Martin (14.17), Warren Murphy (14.13), Scott Dikkers (14.04), Chie Shinohara (14.01), James Axler (13.92), Dave McKean (13.65), Margit Sandemo (13.62), Friedrich Engels (13.62), Mercedes Lackey (13.53), Jack Cohen (13.43), Milo Manara (13.4), Daisy Meadows (13.27), Saki Hiwatari (13.09), Naoki Urasawa (13.08), Roger Leloup (13.02), K. J. Parker (12.98) — show more

Notes: See standard deviation for more on this concept. Basically, if everyone basically agrees that an author's books are good or bad, the standard deviation is low. If opinions differ a lot, the standard deviation of ratings is high. All statistics are updated daily, if possible, or more frequently.

 

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