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Favorite stars25 top-favorited authors

J. K. Rowling (2885), Jane Austen (2784), J. R. R. Tolkien (2744), Neil Gaiman (2698), Terry Pratchett (2188), Stephen King (2078), Douglas Adams (1530), C. S. Lewis (1403), Kurt Vonnegut (1346), Haruki Murakami (1245), William Shakespeare (1192), Margaret Atwood (1091), Fyodor Dostoevsky (1063), George Orwell (947), George R. R. Martin (937), Isaac Asimov (929), John Steinbeck (844), Stephenie Meyer (841), Charles Dickens (809), Agatha Christie (797), Philip K. Dick (788), Neal Stephenson (763), Ursula K. Le Guin (755), Ray Bradbury (714), Edgar Allan Poe (709), Oscar Wilde (706), Robert A. Heinlein (696), Jasper Fforde (692), Roald Dahl (686), John Irving (682), Jorge Luis Borges (680), Gabriel García Márquez (675), Chuck Palahniuk (673), P. G. Wodehouse (669), Orson Scott Card (668), Vladimir Nabokov (667), H. P. Lovecraft (658), Bill Bryson (657), Ernest Hemingway (648), Mark Twain (647), Cormac McCarthy (635), Franz Kafka (631), Diana Gabaldon (614), Arthur Conan Doyle (611), Virginia Woolf (608), David Sedaris (604), Charlotte Brontë (601), Anne Rice (600), Nora Roberts (589), Charlaine Harris (584) — show more

50 top-rated authors

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

Paul Jackson (7.51/67/62), Jane Wagner (5.8/72/71), Kunihiko Kasahara (5.67/66/54), Geoffrey Budworth (5.25/75/69), Tom Tomorrow (5.19/111/57), Jay Rubin (4.9/110/108), Constance Cappel (4.8/171/59), The Kyoto Costume Institute (4.76/82/82), Janet Arnold (4.75/281/125), Crossway Bibles (4.71/194/185), Ollie Johnston (4.7/86/75), William R. Trumble (4.7/79/79), Arthur G. Bennett (4.68/165/165), William M. Gaines (4.68/383/57), Luigi Serafini (4.67/82/80), Karl Elliger (4.66/100/100), Harold Abelson (4.64/201/198), Steve Purcell (4.63/68/56), Jeff Brumbeau (4.62/81/65), Don Rosa (4.62/396/161), Bill Watterson (4.61/9202/2862), Nisargadatta Maharaj (4.6/90/69), Adam Makos (4.59/58/57), Richard Williams (4.59/53/53), Jonathan Larson (4.59/68/60), Albert Seba (4.58/54/52), Georg Friedrich Händel (4.58/192/81), Ki Longfellow (4.58/240/178), Carla Emery (4.58/91/91), Tom Tierney (4.58/593/86), United States. (4.57/87/86), Avraham Azrieli (4.57/284/146), Ninya Mikhaila (4.56/58/58), Wallace Stevens (4.56/464/363), Johann Sebastian Bach (4.56/315/117), Stanley Kunitz (4.56/71/60), June Hiatt (4.55/62/62), Larry Gonick (4.55/761/362), Harold McGee (4.54/398/370), Aaron Becker (4.54/114/103), David Allen Sibley (4.54/439/275), Robert A. Caro (4.53/960/516), Elizabeth Shown Mills (4.53/269/166), Ludwig van Beethoven (4.53/254/97), W. Richard Stevens (4.53/283/166), Michael Whelan (4.53/79/61), Eberhard Nestle (4.52/192/190), Peter Menzel (4.52/269/234), Gail Boushey (4.52/72/54), Menena Cottin (4.52/98/98) — show more

50 lowest-rated authors

Rich Shapero (1.51/57/57), Christopher Ransom (2.13/127/122), Randy Davila (2.17/124/123), Hal Lindsey (2.36/142/94), Jessica Cutler (2.42/54/54), Rebecca Campbell (2.46/60/55), Sue Lange (2.52/64/59), Nancy Balbirer (2.52/61/61), John B. Olson (2.53/197/188), Michael Gerber (2.54/200/163), Simon Cox (2.56/86/82), Ellen Fein (2.58/78/62), Alexandra Ulysses (2.6/87/87), Melissa P. (2.63/188/180), Emma Tennant (2.63/197/161), Arabella Weir (2.64/59/55), Adèle Lang (2.65/55/54), Phoenix Desmond (2.66/57/57), James Bradley (2.66/120/117), Joanne Dahme (2.66/53/50), Kaavya Viswanathan (2.66/86/86), Erich von Däniken (2.69/514/351), Anna Sam (2.69/55/55), John Milne (2.69/62/55), Simon (2.7/166/136), Rachael F. Heller (2.7/54/50), Andrew Keen (2.72/143/143), Jacquelyn Cook (2.72/95/87), Catherine Millet (2.72/205/200), Trudy Baker (2.72/65/61), Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (2.72/228/50), Charlotte Roche (2.73/310/298), Robert D. Stueart (2.76/56/56), Douglas Monroe (2.77/58/50), The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (2.79/254/85), Naomi Kramer (2.79/60/56), Frank Brennan (2.79/104/93), Gustavus Hindman Miller (2.8/71/71), Dell Shannon (2.8/368/51), Sharon Kendrick (2.8/222/61), Kevin Trudeau (2.8/98/86), Phil Hellmuth (2.81/62/59), Theresa Schwegel (2.81/106/92), Jill Price (2.81/52/52), Noah Charney (2.81/146/144), Claude Izner (2.82/214/178), Tawny Taylor (2.82/127/85), Elliott Roosevelt (2.82/175/60), Michael Drosnin (2.83/140/124), Philip Prowse (2.83/304/239) — 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.

Paul Jackson (21.06), Kunihiko Kasahara (15.15), Jane Wagner (14.47), Jay Rubin (11.77), Tom Tomorrow (11.68), Geoffrey Budworth (11.27), Dougal Dixon (9), Marvin Minsky (8.29), John Dennis Fitzgerald (8.2), Kenneth Anger (7.88), Larry Gonick (7.79), Mona Simpson (7.63), Richard Brautigan (7.53), Karel Čapek (7.45), Parke Godwin (6.8), Guy Kawasaki (6.75), David Mamet (6.37), Peter Kuper (6.34), Donald Barthelme (6.12), Wallace Stevens (5.79), Bertolt Brecht (5.71), Howard Norman (5.68), Richard Ford (5.67), Lawrence Ferlinghetti (5.38), Edward Albee (5.17), Woody Allen (4.79), Pete Dexter (4.7), Eugene Ionesco (4.57), Carrie Fisher (4.54), Graeme Base (4.19), Luigi Pirandello (4.13), Tennessee Williams (3.84), Robert Anton Wilson (3.76), Bob Dylan (3.75), Friedrich Nietzsche (3.75), John Barth (3.71), David Macaulay (3.68), Raymond Carver (3.65), Scott McCloud (3.51), G. B. Trudeau (3.44), e. e. cummings (3.43), Charles M. Schulz (3.27), Robert A. Heinlein (3.18), Raymond Chandler (2.93), Ralph Ellison (2.91), Richard P. Feynman (2.85), Graham Greene (2.75), Philip Roth (2.64), Carson McCullers (2.63), Nikolai Gogol (2.62) — show more

50 uncontroversial authors

The least divergent star ratings. Must have 50 raters.

Authors who LibraryThing (complete list)

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

Top 75 authors (author cloud)

By number of copies

J. K. Rowling (526,976), Stephen King (399,703), Terry Pratchett (333,078), J. R. R. Tolkien (254,681), C. S. Lewis (238,817), Neil Gaiman (218,468), William Shakespeare (212,203), Nora Roberts (204,232), Agatha Christie (188,581), James Patterson (168,342), Jane Austen (164,154), Isaac Asimov (158,472), Stephenie Meyer (156,383), Charles Dickens (151,635), John Grisham (141,066), Dan Brown (131,495), Orson Scott Card (130,967), Anne McCaffrey (130,558), Janet Evanovich (129,344), Kurt Vonnegut (122,663), Anne Rice (119,173), Dean Koontz (118,789), Douglas Adams (117,204), Dr. Seuss (116,825), George Orwell (115,212), Robert A. Heinlein (111,829), Roald Dahl (111,372), John Steinbeck (110,514), Mercedes Lackey (109,674), Charlaine Harris (103,912), Laurell K. Hamilton (101,219), George R. R. Martin (101,156), Margaret Atwood (98,601), Mark Twain (97,749), Robert Jordan (96,759), Suzanne Collins (95,001), Michael Crichton (93,312), Ernest Hemingway (92,605), Piers Anthony (91,812), Lemony Snicket (91,219), Fyodor Dostoevsky (89,177), Haruki Murakami (87,189), Ray Bradbury (85,488), Philip Pullman (84,306), Mary Pope Osborne (83,028), Gabriel García Márquez (82,397), Jim Butcher (79,145), Bill Bryson (78,985), David Eddings (78,132), Jodi Picoult (78,130), Philip K. Dick (77,801), Tom Clancy (77,682), Ursula K. Le Guin (77,278), Patricia Cornwell (76,271), F. Scott Fitzgerald (75,164), Frank Herbert (73,901), Rick Riordan (73,437), J. D. Salinger (72,637), Arthur C. Clarke (72,412), Tamora Pierce (72,375), Neal Stephenson (71,166), Arthur Conan Doyle (71,017), L. M. Montgomery (70,937), Anonymous (70,834), Carolyn Keene (70,776), Alexander McCall Smith (68,288), Chuck Palahniuk (67,445), John Irving (67,030), Umberto Eco (66,466), Michael Connelly (66,116), Madeleine L'Engle (66,096), Stieg Larsson (66,034), Marion Zimmer Bradley (65,480), Nicholas Sparks (63,155), Leo Tolstoy (62,918) — show more

50 "completist" authors

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

Tracy Hickman (49.94), Marc Hempel (44.64), Wilhelm Grimm (43.67), Gentry Lee (37), Mark Victor Hansen (28), Edward FitzGerald (27.44), John L. Bull (26.55), Sam Kieth (25.46), Simone Beck (25.3), Charles Vess (24.48), Mike Allred (20.42), Richmond Lattimore (19.85), Elinor M. Brent-Dyer (19.84), Jerry B. Jenkins (19.53), Skip Williams (18.59), Kenneth Robeson (17.04), Lincoln Child (16.94), Richard Sapir (16.53), Quentin Blake (15.79), Albert Uderzo (15.7), Deborah Turner Harris (15), Yumi Tamura (13.88), Elsie Jeanette Oxenham (13.34), Scott Dikkers (13.18), CLAMP (13.06), Jerry Pournelle (12.87), Nora Roberts (12.76), Saki Hiwatari (12.61), Margit Sandemo (12.53), Mercedes Lackey (12.36), Dave McKean (12.34), Walter Ralston Martin (12.32), Neta Jackson (12.24), Chie Shinohara (12.2), Jack Cohen (12.17), Warren Murphy (12.08), Jill Thompson (11.99), Friedrich Engels (11.67), James Axler (11.6), Don Pendleton (11.45), Rumiko Takahashi (11.41), Bryan Talbot (11.33), Eiichiro Oda (11.28), Roger Leloup (11.23), Yoko Kamio (11.14), Sean Michael (11.09), Rob Kaplan (11.03), Naoki Urasawa (10.93), K. H. Scheer (10.82), Gosho Aoyama (10.78) — 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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