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Top 25 books by rating

Queen Elizabeth's Wardrobe Unlocked (4.96), The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (4.9), Patterns of Fashion 4: The Cut and Construction of Linen Shirts, Smocks, Neckwear, Headwear and Accessories for Men and Women, c1540-1660 (4.88), The Oxford English Dictionary (20 Volume Set) (Vols 1-20) (4.87), The Oxford Illustrated Jane Austen: Emma/Mansfield Park/Northanger Abbey/Persuasion/Pride and Prejudice/Sense and Sensibility/Minor Works (4.83), The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary (2 Vol. Set; Thumb Indexed Edition) (4.82), The complete Aubrey/Maturin novels (4.81), Disney Animation : The Illusion of Life (4.81), The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook: More Than 200 Fibers, from Animal to Spun Yarn (4.8), Toda Mafalda (4.8), The Underland Chronicles (1-5) (4.79), The Absolute Sandman Volume Four (4.79), The Complete Far Side (4.79), Bread: A Baker's Book of Techniques and Recipes (4.78), Fashion: The Collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute (4.78), The Oxford English Dictionary [Compact Edition] (4.78), The Encyclopedia of Mammals (4.78), Lone Wolf and Cub, Vol. 28: The Lotus Throne (4.78), A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns (4.77), The ESV Study Bible (4.76), A Treasury of Knitting Patterns (4.76), Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace (4.76), Patterns of Fashion 3: The Cut and Construction of Clothes for Men and Women, c1560-1620 (4.75), DC: The New Frontier (Absolute Edition) (4.75), Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic: A Materia Magica of African-American Conjure (4.75)

Bottom 25 books by rating

Wild Animus (1.35), Dianetics (1.83), The Late Great Planet Earth (1.92), Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later (2.09), The Birthing House (2.13), The Beginners (2.14), The Gnostic Mystery (2.15), Necronomicon Spellbook (2.2), Powers (2.21), The Boy on the Bus: A Novel (2.24), Pemberley: Or Pride and Prejudice Continued (2.3), Ten Days in the Hills (2.32), Cracking The Da Vinci Code: The Unauthorized Guide To The Facts Behind Dan Brown's Bestselling Novel (2.33), The Coming of the King (2.34), Treno di panna (2.34), Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose (2.35), Out of Mind (2.35), Citizen Girl (2.37), Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession (2.38), Being Elizabeth (2.38), 4 Blondes (2.4), Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber: The Katya Livingston Chronicles (2.4), A Bridge to Wiseman's Cove (2.41), The Washingtonienne: A Novel (2.42), Son of Rosemary: The Sequel to Rosemary's Baby (2.43)

25 books people can't agree on

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

New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (1.88), The Book of Mormon (1.8), The Book of Mormon/Doctrine and Covenants/Pearl of Great Price (Triple) (1.75), Twilight / New Moon / Eclipse (1.55), Taking Chances (1.51), The Boy Who Sneaks In My Bedroom Window (1.5), Dianetics (1.49), My Man Michael (1.47), The Qur'an: Translation (Ali and Razwy) (1.46), The Fifth Sorceress (1.46), Natural Cures "They" Don't Want You To Know About (1.45), Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World (1.44), The Late Great Planet Earth (1.43), Darwin's Black Box (1.42), Created to Be His Help Meet: Discover How God Can Make Your Marriage Glorious (1.42), Worlds in collision (1.42), Asterix and the Falling Sky (1.41), Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy (1.41), Minion (1.41), Fifty Shades of Grey (1.41), Behold a Pale Horse (1.4), The Dark Age (1.4), The Transplant (1.39), Mein Kampf (1.38), On Becoming Baby Wise: The Classic Sleep Reference Guide Used by Over 1,000,000 Parents Worldwide (1.38)

50 top wanted

The most wanted books across the 14 swap sites LibraryThing integrates with. Number is the difference between "wanted" and "available."
Outliers: The Story of Success (4,546), The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (4,355), All the Light We Cannot See (4,195), In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto (4,110), The Goldfinch (3,888), Infinite Jest (3,578), Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (3,430), A Dance with Dragons (3,389), The Fault in Our Stars (3,383), The Girl on the Train (3,083), PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives (3,020), Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 1 (3,012), House of Leaves (2,912), Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking (2,884), The Book Thief (2,843), Insurgent (2,769), Nourishing Traditions (2,732), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2,450), The Ocean at the End of the Lane (2,348), The Night Circus (2,323), Life After Life (2,312), The Invention of Wings (2,274), Cloud Atlas (2,271), The Graveyard Book (2,256), Looking for Alaska (2,214), Allegiant (2,194), And the Mountains Echoed (2,191), An Echo in the Bone (2,180), 11/22/63 (2,163), The Hunger Games (2,162), Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2,103), Gone Girl (2,088), The Cuckoo's Calling (2,080), The Name of the Wind (2,078), The Husband's Secret (2,074), Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings (2,062), Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery that Revolutionizes Home Baking (2,019), A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (1,989), The encyclopedia of country living : an old-fashioned recipe book (1,985), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (1,953), Paper Towns (1,932), The Complete Tightwad Gazette (1,917), Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (1,887), Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (1,887), God Is Not Great : How Religion Poisons Everything (1,860), A People's History of the United States (1,829), A Game of Thrones (1,810), Mockingjay (1,804), Me Before You (1,798), Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (1,774)

50 least wanted

Same as above, but counting "available" copies minus "wanted."
Elric: The Stealer of Souls [black hole bug edition] (8,897), The Da Vinci Code (7,669), Angels & Demons (5,794), Deception Point (3,728), Digital Fortress (3,582), A Painted House (3,460), The Brethren (3,399), The Summons (3,383), The Testament (3,346), Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood: A Novel (3,339), The Lovely Bones (3,336), The Street Lawyer (3,334), The Broker (3,292), The Runaway Jury (3,257), The King of Torts (3,102), The Last Juror (3,083), The Memory Keeper's Daughter (3,044), The Devil Wears Prada (3,038), The Partner (3,015), The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town (2,828), The Purpose Driven Life (2,827), The Nanny Diaries (2,786), Memoirs of a Geisha (2,768), The Rainmaker (2,663), The Chamber (2,613), Shreve, Anita (2,539), Pilot's Wife (2,539), The Firm (Penguin Readers, Level 5) (2,458), The Pelican Brief (2,456), A Time to Kill (2,429), The Notebook (2,403), A Million Little Pieces ** [AUDIO] (2,340), The Pilot's Wife (2,323), The Purpose Driven Life (2,309), The Client (2,309), Left Behind (2,289), Left Behind (2,154), A Million Little Pieces (2,126), The Firm (2,085), Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution (2,077), Honeymoon (2,072), The Appeal (2,059), Cross (2,047), Trace (2,025), Cold Mountain (2,013), Twilight (2,011), The chamber (1,975), Seabiscuit: An American Legend (1,975), Marley & Me (1,900), Bleachers (1,881)

25 most-reviewed books

(4012 reviews), The Hunger Games (3278 reviews), Twilight (2334 reviews), The Book Thief (1784 reviews), The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (1737 reviews), Catching Fire (1631 reviews), Mockingjay (1546 reviews), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (1487 reviews), Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1409 reviews), The Help (1407 reviews), The Da Vinci Code (1288 reviews), The Road (1287 reviews), The Time Traveler's Wife (1242 reviews), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (1210 reviews), The Kite Runner (1198 reviews), The Giver (1191 reviews), Water for Elephants (1187 reviews), Divergent (1111 reviews), To Kill a Mockingbird (1110 reviews), The Fault in Our Stars (1106 reviews), The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (1099 reviews), The Hornet's Sting: The Amazing Untold Story of World War II Spy Thomas Sneum (1087 reviews), Pride and Prejudice (1078 reviews), New Moon (1077 reviews), Breaking Dawn (1068 reviews)

Top 50 books, by copies (more)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (81,532), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (70,274), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (70,163), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (69,531), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (68,393), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (67,804), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (64,470), The Hobbit (55,261), The Da Vinci Code (52,914), Nineteen Eighty-Four (51,962), Pride and Prejudice (51,331), The Catcher in the Rye (48,963), To Kill a Mockingbird (48,855), The great Gatsby (45,591), Twilight (43,083), The Kite Runner (38,529), The Hunger Games (37,475), Animal Farm (37,158), Jane Eyre (36,864), The Lord of the Rings (34,984), Brave New World (34,870), New Moon (34,012), Angels & Demons (33,680), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (33,105), The Fellowship of the Ring (32,420), Life of Pi (32,318), Fahrenheit 451 (31,867), Wuthering Heights (31,866), Eclipse (31,392), The Time Traveler's Wife (31,043), Lord of the Flies (30,925), One Hundred Years of Solitude (30,118), Slaughterhouse-Five (30,017), The Odyssey (29,885), The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (29,726), The Two Towers (28,834), The return of the king (27,998), Breaking Dawn (27,997), Crime and Punishment (27,911), Catch-22 (27,809), Ender's Game (27,793), Memoirs of a Geisha (27,522), Catching Fire (27,210), The Lovely Bones (27,147), The Book Thief (25,489), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (25,433), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (25,103), Anna Karenina (24,740), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (24,727), Of Mice and Men (24,617)

Top Books by LibraryThing Authors

Beowulf by Sarah M. Anderson, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Vanity Fair by John Carey, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Dan Chaon, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, The Cat in the Hat by Sholem Berger, Bleak House by Tatiana Holway, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel by Lisa See, Naked Lunch by Geerten Meijsing, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares, Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay, America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction by Chris Regan, The Maze Runner by James Dashner, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl, The House of the Seven Gables by Cathy N. Davidson, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka, His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik, Killing Floor by Lee Child, Walden & On the Duty of Civil Disobedience by David B. Lentz, Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr, A Discovery of Witches: A Novel by Deborah Harkness, Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

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. The "completist" score identifies authors of books people have in droves. All statistics are updated nightly, if possible, or more frequently, if possible.

 

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