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Favorite stars25 top-favorited authors

J. R. R. Tolkien (3088), J. K. Rowling (2981), Jane Austen (2846), Neil Gaiman (2776), Terry Pratchett (2254), Stephen King (2112), Douglas Adams (1566), C. S. Lewis (1450), Kurt Vonnegut (1381), Haruki Murakami (1293), William Shakespeare (1219), Margaret Atwood (1117), Fyodor Dostoevsky (1091), Isaac Asimov (963), George Orwell (962), John Steinbeck (863), Stephenie Meyer (845), Charles Dickens (839), Agatha Christie (824), Philip K. Dick (810), George R. R. Martin (795), Ursula K. Le Guin (784), Neal Stephenson (774), Ray Bradbury (741), Edgar Allan Poe (734), Robert A. Heinlein (721), Oscar Wilde (717), Jasper Fforde (703), Roald Dahl (700), Jorge Luis Borges (694), Gabriel García Márquez (691), John Irving (689), P. G. Wodehouse (686), Chuck Palahniuk (683), Vladimir Nabokov (678), Orson Scott Card (677), Bill Bryson (671), Ernest Hemingway (668), H. P. Lovecraft (667), Mark Twain (664), Diana Gabaldon (659), Cormac McCarthy (652), Franz Kafka (647), Arthur Conan Doyle (633), Anne Rice (630), Virginia Woolf (626), Nora Roberts (622), Charlotte Brontë (618), David Sedaris (609), Charlaine Harris (589) — show more

50 top-rated authors

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

Lesley Brown (4.81/51/50), Constance Cappel (4.8/171/59), The Kyoto Costume Institute (4.76/80/80), Janet Arnold (4.74/287/129), Crossway Bibles (4.7/558/500), Nisargadatta Maharaj (4.7/95/74), Ollie Johnston (4.69/88/76), Arthur G. Bennett (4.69/179/179), William R. Trumble (4.66/82/82), William M. Gaines (4.66/396/61), Karl Elliger (4.65/103/103), Frank H. Netter (4.65/93/50), Luigi Serafini (4.62/101/99), Harold Abelson (4.62/211/208), Bill Watterson (4.61/9859/3086), Richard Williams (4.61/53/53), Don Rosa (4.6/478/179), Steve Purcell (4.59/70/58), George Frideric Handel (4.59/201/87), Russel Lazega (4.59/50/51), June Hiatt (4.57/68/68), Avraham Azrieli (4.57/289/149), Ninya Mikhaila (4.57/61/61), Elizabeth Shown Mills (4.57/300/184), Stanley Kunitz (4.56/80/67), Carla Emery (4.55/97/97), Albert Seba (4.54/60/57), Matthew Desmond (4.54/101/101), Michael Whelan (4.54/89/67), Harold McGee (4.54/418/391), Eberhard Nestle (4.54/196/194), Peter Menzel (4.54/292/256), Adam Tooze (4.54/68/64), Johann Sebastian Bach (4.54/357/131), Bryan Stevenson (4.54/154/154), Alexander Roberts (4.53/111/55), Ludwig van Beethoven (4.53/320/114), Robert A. Caro (4.53/1058/570), Rena Kornreich Gelissen (4.53/52/52), Robert Kapilow (4.53/115/115), Ki Longfellow (4.53/251/189), Tom Tierney (4.52/610/89), Douglas A. Blackmon (4.52/77/77), David Allen Sibley (4.52/459/286), W. Richard Stevens (4.52/301/178), Drew Daywalt (4.51/445/393), Menena Cottin (4.51/120/120), Jeff Brumbeau (4.51/98/78), Jim Pojar (4.51/68/60), The Lockman Foundation (4.51/142/138) — show more

50 lowest-rated authors

Rich Shapero (1.63/62/62), Robin Wyatt Dunn (2.15/94/79), Randy Davila (2.15/122/122), Christopher Ransom (2.18/136/131), Jessica Cutler (2.39/55/56), Hal Lindsey (2.41/150/99), Rebecca Campbell (2.46/60/55), Sue Lange (2.52/63/58), Michael Gerber (2.53/205/164), John B. Olson (2.55/206/197), Nancy Balbirer (2.57/61/61), Simon Cox (2.58/90/86), Emma Tennant (2.59/213/172), Alexandra Ulysses (2.6/87/87), Melissa P. (2.6/199/191), Arabella Weir (2.64/62/58), Joanne Dahme (2.65/54/51), Adèle Lang (2.65/57/56), The Goldman Family (2.67/66/66), John Milne (2.67/63/56), Kaavya Viswanathan (2.68/90/90), Ellen Fein (2.69/89/70), Anna Sam (2.7/61/61), Erich von Däniken (2.72/548/379), Simon (2.72/174/143), Catherine Millet (2.72/212/207), Andrew Keen (2.73/160/160), Jacquelyn Cook (2.73/97/89), Trudy Baker (2.73/66/62), Phoenix Desmond (2.73/55/55), Eden Cole (2.75/119/55), Charlotte Roche (2.76/327/311), Steve Lookner (2.76/73/67), Douglas Monroe (2.77/59/51), Naomi Kramer (2.77/79/73), James Bradley (2.77/139/133), Thomas Kohnstamm (2.79/52/52), Frank Brennan (2.79/104/93), Michael Drosnin (2.8/149/133), Tawny Taylor (2.8/145/98), Phil Hellmuth (2.81/62/59), Jill Price (2.81/52/52), Heleen van Royen (2.81/197/126), Grant R. Jeffrey (2.81/85/62), Nostradamus (2.81/97/83), Kevin Trudeau (2.82/101/88), Xaviera Hollander (2.82/86/78), Theresa Schwegel (2.82/110/96), Dell Shannon (2.83/378/59), Michael Avallone (2.83/69/52) — 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.

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, Brandon Sanderson, Sandra Brown, David Brin, Laurie R. King, Jon Scieszka, Jude Deveraux, Laurie Halse Anderson, Diane Duane, Ann Brashares, Jennifer Weiner, Naomi Novik, Patrick Rothfuss, James Rollins, Elizabeth Bear, Joe Hill, Lisa See, Nancy Holder, Katie MacAlister, James Dashner, 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, Alan Furst, Susan Wiggs, Edward R. Tufte, Randy Alcorn, Marie Jones, Sarah Addison Allen, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Sharon Lee, Geerten Meijsing, Matthew Pearl, Lynn Viehl, Sherryl Woods, Neal Asher, Tatiana Holway — see the full list.

Top 75 authors (author cloud)

By number of copies

J. K. Rowling (569,428), Stephen King (440,195), Terry Pratchett (357,503), J. R. R. Tolkien (277,995), C. S. Lewis (262,997), Neil Gaiman (239,731), William Shakespeare (230,411), Nora Roberts (228,915), Agatha Christie (210,656), James Patterson (192,233), Jane Austen (177,597), Isaac Asimov (170,977), Stephenie Meyer (166,645), Charles Dickens (166,270), John Grisham (155,048), Janet Evanovich (141,172), Dan Brown (140,538), Orson Scott Card (140,245), Anne McCaffrey (138,770), Dr. Seuss (134,169), Dean Koontz (131,103), Kurt Vonnegut (130,976), Anne Rice (126,913), Douglas Adams (125,007), George Orwell (124,003), Roald Dahl (123,716), John Steinbeck (119,616), Robert A. Heinlein (118,167), Mercedes Lackey (117,680), George R. R. Martin (117,015), Charlaine Harris (113,189), Margaret Atwood (107,833), Mark Twain (107,412), Laurell K. Hamilton (107,055), Suzanne Collins (106,939), Robert Jordan (104,052), Ernest Hemingway (100,854), Lemony Snicket (100,590), Michael Crichton (100,335), Mary Pope Osborne (97,345), Piers Anthony (96,823), Fyodor Dostoevsky (96,168), Haruki Murakami (95,937), Ray Bradbury (93,255), Philip Pullman (90,304), Rick Riordan (89,927), Jim Butcher (89,100), Gabriel García Márquez (88,227), Bill Bryson (85,624), Philip K. Dick (84,315), Jodi Picoult (84,020), Ursula K. Le Guin (83,939), Patricia Cornwell (83,913), Tom Clancy (83,048), David Eddings (82,793), F. Scott Fitzgerald (81,428), Arthur Conan Doyle (80,186), Carolyn Keene (79,570), Frank Herbert (78,852), Arthur C. Clarke (77,731), Tamora Pierce (77,358), L. M. Montgomery (77,289), J. D. Salinger (77,099), Neal Stephenson (76,467), Alexander McCall Smith (75,042), Michael Connelly (74,850), Umberto Eco (71,773), Madeleine L'Engle (71,471), Stieg Larsson (71,410), Chuck Palahniuk (71,398), John Irving (70,797), Nicholas Sparks (69,810), Marion Zimmer Bradley (69,062), Leo Tolstoy (69,017), Clive Cussler (68,048) — show more

50 "completist" authors

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

Colleen Doran (60.04), Tracy Hickman (52.87), Wilhelm Grimm (49.3), Christopher Tolkien (47.27), Marc Hempel (45.95), Gentry Lee (39.43), Charles Vess (35.06), Mark Victor Hansen (30.99), George R. Stewart (28.74), John L. Bull (28.5), Sam Kieth (27.8), Simone Beck (26.99), F. J. Sheed (26.78), Jerry B. Jenkins (21.76), Mike Allred (21.46), Elinor M. Brent-Dyer (20.57), Skip Williams (19.29), Lincoln Child (19.2), Richard Sapir (18.78), Tasha Tudor (18.46), Albert Uderzo (18.15), Kenneth Robeson (17.97), Bryan Talbot (17.23), Deborah Turner Harris (15.52), Jack Du Brul (15.39), Jerry Pournelle (14.92), Yumi Tamura (14.72), P. Craig Russell (14.64), Don Pendleton (14.57), Nora Roberts (14.3), Neta Jackson (14.15), Elsie Jeanette Oxenham (14.07), Warren Murphy (13.95), CLAMP (13.91), Scott Dikkers (13.81), Chie Shinohara (13.8), Walter Ralston Martin (13.66), James Axler (13.57), Margit Sandemo (13.51), Dave McKean (13.51), Eiichiro Oda (13.31), Mercedes Lackey (13.26), Milo Manara (13.17), Jack Cohen (13.15), Ann Hood (13.08), Friedrich Engels (12.95), Saki Hiwatari (12.94), Roger Leloup (12.82), Naoki Urasawa (12.71), K. J. Parker (12.66) — 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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