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Top 25 books by rating

The Absolute at Large (8.62), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (7.77), Wilhelm Reich in Hell (7.73), You Can't Catch Death: A Daughter's Memoir (7.72), Brecht on Theatre: The Development of an Aesthetic (7.71), The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Knots & Ropework (7.09), On Directing Film (6.92), The Complete Peanuts: 1961-1962 Dailies & Sundays (6.84), Loading Mercury With a Pitchfork: [Poems] (6.72), The Snake Oil Wars, or, Scheherazade Ginsberg Strikes Again (6.65), Overcoat and Other Tales of Good and Evil (6.47), Doonesbury's Greatest Hits (6.4), So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away (6.14), The Cartoon Guide to Physics (6.02), The Complete Peanuts: 1955-1956 Dailies & Sundays (6.01), The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (5.85), After Man: A Zoology of the Future (5.85), The Best Awful (5.73), Wildlife (5.55), An Unfortunate Woman (5.47), Me and My Little Brain (Great Brain) (5.39), My Life As a Man (5.38), Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words (5.37), The Great Brain at the Academy (Great Brain) (5.37), The Cartoon History of the Universe II, Volumes 8-13 : From the Springtime of China to the Fall of Rome (5.24)

Bottom 25 books by rating

Wild Animus (1.35), Dianetics (1.84), The Late Great Planet Earth (1.92), Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later (2.09), Baldur's Gate (2.1), The Birthing House (2.13), The Beginners (2.14), The Gnostic Mystery (2.16), Necronomicon Spellbook (2.2), Powers (2.21), Ten Days in the Hills (2.32), Pemberley: Or Pride and Prejudice Continued (2.32), 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), Cracking the Da Vinci code : the unauthorized guide to the facts behind Dan Brown's bestselling novel (2.36), Citizen Girl (2.37), Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession (2.37), 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), You Have To Kiss A Lot Of Frogs (2.44)

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.

Overcoat and Other Tales of Good and Evil (16.64), The Complete Peanuts: 1961-1962 Dailies & Sundays (16.59), Doonesbury's Greatest Hits (16.5), So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away (16.39), The Cartoon Guide to Physics (15.98), Wildlife (15.51), An Unfortunate Woman (14.93), Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words (14.72), The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (14.67), After Man: A Zoology of the Future (14.57), My Life As a Man (14.42), Women with Men : Three Stories (14.34), Tarantula (13.62), Me and My Little Brain (Great Brain) (13.6), The Complete Peanuts: 1955-1956 Dailies & Sundays (13.51), The Great Brain at the Academy (Great Brain) (12.97), More Adventures of the Great Brain (12.46), Leaf Storm and Other Stories (12.4), Masks of the Illuminati (12.4), Rhinoceros and Other Plays (12.15), Revolt in 2100 & Methuselah's Children (12.05), Willard and His Bowling Trophies (11.75), Snow White (11.56), A Confederate General from Big Sur (11.15), Anywhere but Here (11.1)

50 top wanted

The most wanted books across the 14 swap sites LibraryThing integrates with. Number is the difference between "wanted" and "available."
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (7,141), Outliers: The Story of Success (6,805), Gone Girl (6,667), Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) (6,024), Mockingjay (5,972), In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto (5,638), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (5,354), The Night Circus (4,680), The Host (4,537), The Hunger Games (4,359), The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (4,353), Fifty Shades of Grey (4,338), A Game of Thrones (4,283), PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives (4,215), The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (4,177), A Dance With Dragons (4,084), Unbroken : a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption (4,003), The Help (3,926), Bossypants (3,883), Cloud Atlas: A Novel (3,881), The Hunger Games / Catching Fire / Mockingjay (3,820), A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (3,659), The Book Thief (3,640), Infinite Jest (3,639), Freakonomics: a Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (3,549), The Graveyard Book (3,431), Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (3,409), Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 1 (3,378), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (3,331), The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun (3,328), 11/22/63: A Novel (3,260), World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War (3,125), House of Leaves (2,815), Fifty Shades Freed (2,741), The Passage (2,738), The Marriage Plot (2,716), Nourishing Traditions (2,701), An Echo in the Bone (2,589), In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin (2,581), Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings (2,554), Fall of Giants (2,536), Divergent (2,535), Born to run: the hidden tribe, the ultra-runners and the greatest race the world has never seen (2,489), Before I Go to Sleep (2,474), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) (2,462), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2,452), State of Wonder (2,448), Deadlocked (2,417), God Is Not Great : How Religion Poisons Everything (2,377), Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2,364)

50 least wanted

Same as above, but counting "available" copies minus "wanted."
The Da Vinci Code (8,944), Elric: The Stealer of Souls [black hole bug edition] (8,897), Angels & Demons (6,335), Deception Point (4,434), Digital Fortress (4,344), Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood: A Novel (4,165), The Brethren (4,113), A Painted House (4,106), The Street Lawyer (4,040), The Broker (4,034), The Testament (3,986), The Runaway Jury (3,959), The King of Torts (3,928), The Summons (3,852), The Devil Wears Prada (3,754), The Memory Keeper's Daughter (3,714), The Chamber (3,689), The Last Juror (3,681), The Partner (3,661), The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town (3,513), Memoirs of a Geisha (3,390), The Nanny Diaries (3,351), The Rainmaker (3,179), A Time to Kill (3,052), The Pelican Brief (3,025), The Pilot's Wife (2,996), The Pelican Brief (Penguin Readers, Level 5) (2,954), The Purpose Driven Life (2,953), The Firm (2,902), The Client (2,841), The Purpose Driven Life (2,827), Left Behind (2,760), Seabiscuit: An American Legend (2,689), Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution (2,620), Honeymoon (2,614), We'll Meet Again (2,594), Cold Mountain (2,579), The Appeal (2,561), Pilot's Wife (2,539), Shreve, Anita (2,539), What to Expect When You're Expecting (2,493), Trace (2,459), The Firm (Penguin Readers, Level 5) (2,458), Cross (2,386), A Million Little Pieces ** [AUDIO] (2,340), Blow Fly (2,339), Hannibal (2,336), The Horse Whisperer (2,332), Skipping Christmas (2,332), Bleachers (2,322)

25 most-reviewed books

The Shining (4004 reviews), The Hunger Games (3226 reviews), Twilight (2317 reviews), The Book Thief (1743 reviews), The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (1719 reviews), Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) (1598 reviews), Mockingjay (1514 reviews), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (1485 reviews), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) (1394 reviews), The Help (1391 reviews), The Da Vinci Code (1279 reviews), The Road (1273 reviews), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (1194 reviews), The Kite Runner (1188 reviews), Water for Elephants (1175 reviews), The Giver (1165 reviews), The Time Traveler's Wife (1137 reviews), The Hornet's Sting: The Amazing Untold Story of World War II Spy Thomas Sneum (1087 reviews), The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (1084 reviews), To Kill a Mockingbird (1072 reviews), New Moon (1065 reviews), Pride and Prejudice (1064 reviews), Divergent (1063 reviews), The Fault in Our Stars (1058 reviews), Breaking Dawn (1055 reviews)

Top 50 books, by copies (more)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) (80,767), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6) (69,657), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2) (69,599), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3) (68,982), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (67,789), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (67,240), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (63,896), The Hobbit (54,708), The Da Vinci Code (52,463), 1984 (51,414), Pride and Prejudice (50,761), The Catcher in the Rye (48,495), To Kill a Mockingbird (48,011), The Great Gatsby (44,996), Twilight (42,780), The Kite Runner (38,183), The Hunger Games (36,750), Animal Farm (36,736), Jane Eyre (36,429), The Lord of the Rings (34,622), Brave New World (34,416), New Moon (33,773), Angels & Demons (33,387), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (32,798), Life of Pi (32,123), The Fellowship of the Ring (32,011), Wuthering Heights (31,593), Fahrenheit 451 (31,435), Eclipse (31,176), Lord of the Flies (30,469), One Hundred Years of Solitude (29,777), Slaughterhouse-Five (29,620), The Odyssey (29,460), The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (29,278), The Two Towers (28,553), Breaking Dawn (27,791), The Return of the King (27,655), Crime and Punishment (27,595), Catch-22 (27,519), Ender's Game (27,469), Memoirs of a Geisha (27,340), The Lovely Bones (26,959), Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) (26,761), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (25,054), The Book Thief (24,978), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (24,784), Anna Karenina (24,431), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (24,298), American Gods (24,270), Of Mice and Men (24,229)

Top Books by LibraryThing Authors

Beowulf by Sarah M. Anderson, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, 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, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, 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 Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, The Maze Runner by James Dashner, 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, Walden & On the Duty of Civil Disobedience by David B. Lentz, Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr, Killing Floor by Lee Child, A Discovery of Witches: A Novel by Deborah Harkness, Midwives by Chris Bohjalian, 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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