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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 (6.87), 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 (6.39), So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away (6.14), The Complete Peanuts: 1955-1956 Dailies & Sundays (6.01), The Cartoon Guide to Physics (6), The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (5.85), After Man: A Zoology of the Future (5.82), The Best Awful: A Novel (5.73), Wildlife (5.48), An Unfortunate Woman (5.47), My Life As a Man (5.38), Me and My Little Brain (Great Brain) (5.37), Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words (5.37), The Great Brain at the Academy (Great Brain) (5.36), 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 (2.15), Necronomicon Spellbook (2.2), Powers (2.21), Pemberley: Or Pride and Prejudice Continued (2.3), Ten Days in the Hills (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 (2.38), 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), 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 (15.84), Wildlife (15.27), 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 (14.47), My Life As a Man (14.42), Women with Men : Three Stories (14.34), The Complete Peanuts: 1955-1956 Dailies & Sundays (13.51), Me and My Little Brain (Great Brain) (13.51), Tarantula (13.38), The Great Brain at the Academy (Great Brain) (12.9), More Adventures of the Great Brain (12.4), Leaf Storm and Other Stories (12.34), Masks of the Illuminati (12.33), Rhinoceros and Other Plays (12.15), Revolt in 2100 & Methuselah's Children (12.11), Willard and His Bowling Trophies (11.75), Snow White (11.56), A Confederate General from Big Sur (11.15), The Cartoon History of the Universe II, Volumes 8-13 : From the Springtime of China to the Fall of Rome (11.05)

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 Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) (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 (The Hunger Games, Book 3) (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 [and] The Broker (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

(4002 reviews), The Hunger Games (3251 reviews), Twilight (2322 reviews), The Book Thief (1756 reviews), The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (1726 reviews), Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) (1612 reviews), Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, Book 3) (1524 reviews), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (1486 reviews), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) (1400 reviews), The Help (1398 reviews), The Road (1282 reviews), The Da Vinci Code (1282 reviews), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (1200 reviews), The Kite Runner (1191 reviews), Water for Elephants (1178 reviews), The Giver (1176 reviews), The Time Traveler's Wife (1139 reviews), Divergent (1093 reviews), The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (1090 reviews), The Hornet's Sting: The Amazing Untold Story of World War II Spy Thomas Sneum (1087 reviews), To Kill a Mockingbird (1086 reviews), The Fault in Our Stars (1077 reviews), Pride and Prejudice (1073 reviews), New Moon (1071 reviews), Breaking Dawn (1062 reviews)

Top 50 books, by copies (more)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) (80,947), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2) (69,823), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (69,798), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3) (69,118), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (67,996), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (67,369), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (64,082), The Hobbit (54,978), The Da Vinci Code (52,615), Nineteen Eighty-Four (51,604), Pride and Prejudice (51,004), The Catcher in the Rye (48,673), To Kill a Mockingbird (48,333), The Great Gatsby (45,208), Twilight (42,871), The Kite Runner (38,309), The Hunger Games (37,081), Animal Farm (36,910), Jane Eyre (36,628), The Lord of the Rings (34,718), Brave New World (34,577), New Moon (33,889), Angels & Demons (33,459), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (32,913), Life of Pi (32,240), The Fellowship of the Ring (32,156), Wuthering Heights (31,704), Fahrenheit 451 (31,643), Eclipse (31,223), Lord of the Flies (30,683), One Hundred Years of Solitude (29,887), Slaughterhouse-Five (29,796), The Odyssey (29,660), The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (29,449), The Two Towers (28,686), Breaking Dawn (27,830), The Return of the King (27,790), Crime and Punishment (27,656), Catch-22 (27,652), Ender's Game (27,626), Memoirs of a Geisha (27,405), The Lovely Bones (27,005), Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) (26,918), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (25,226), The Book Thief (25,199), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (24,936), Anna Karenina (24,545), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (24,466), Of Mice and Men (24,355), American Gods (24,324)

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 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, 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, Midwives by Chris Bohjalian

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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