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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), 1599 Geneva Bible (4.82), The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary (2 Vol. Set; Thumb Indexed Edition) (4.82), The Underland Chronicles (1-5) (4.81), Disney Animation : The Illusion of Life (4.81), The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook: More Than 200 Fibers, from Animal to Spun Yarn (4.81), Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace (4.79), Toda Mafalda (4.79), The Complete Far Side (4.79), The Absolute Sandman Volume Four (4.79), Lone Wolf and Cub, Vol. 28: The Lotus Throne (4.79), The Encyclopedia of Mammals (4.79), Mansfield Park / Pride and Prejudice / Sense and Sensibility (4.78), Fashion: The Collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute (4.78), A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns (4.77), The ESV Study Bible (4.77), The Oxford English Dictionary [Compact Edition] (4.77), Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians (4.76), The complete Aubrey/Maturin novels (4.76), Hiroshige, 100 Views of Edo (4.76), Patterns of Fashion 3: The Cut and Construction of Clothes for Men and Women, c1560-1620 (4.76)

Bottom 25 books by rating

Wild Animus (1.38), Dianetics (1.79), The Late Great Planet Earth (1.97), Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later (2.07), The Gnostic Mystery (2.14), The Birthing House (2.15), The Beginners (2.16), In Search of Ancient Gods (2.18), The Boy on the Bus: A Novel (2.23), Powers (2.25), Necronomicon Spellbook (2.27), Pemberley: Or Pride and Prejudice Continued (2.29), 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), Treno di panna (2.34), Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession (2.36), Citizen Girl (2.36), Son Of Rosemary (2.37), Feel This Book: An Essential Guide to Self-Empowerment, Spiritual Supremacy, and Sexual Satisfaction (2.38), The Washingtonienne: A Novel (2.39), Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber: The Katya Livingston Chronicles (2.4), 4 Blondes (2.4), Summer People: A Novel (P.S.) (2.42), A Bridge to Wiseman's Cove (2.43), One Night at the Call Center: A Novel (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.

New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (1.87), The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ (Official Edition) (1.8), Book of Mormon/Doctrine and Covenants/Pearl of Great Price (Triple) (1.78), Twilight / New Moon / Eclipse (1.55), Natural Cures "They" Don't Want You To Know About (1.46), The Qur'an: Translation (Ali and Razwy) (1.46), Asterix and the Falling Sky (1.46), My Man Michael (1.46), The Late Great Planet Earth (1.45), Twilight 1.2.3.4 & 5 (dvd) (1.44), The Boy Who Sneaks In My Bedroom Window (1.44), Dianetics (1.44), Taking Chances (Taking Chances, #1) (1.43), Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World (1.43), The Fifth Sorceress (1.42), Created to Be His Help Meet: Discover How God Can Make Your Marriage Glorious (1.42), Worlds in collision (1.42), Darwin's Black Box (1.41), Heart of the Wolf (1.41), Fifty Shades of Grey (1.41), Minion (1.4), The Dark Age (1.4), The Transplant (1.39), Mein Kampf (1.39), Ten Stupid Things Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives (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."
All the Light We Cannot See (4,659), Outliers: The Story of Success (4,281), The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (4,023), In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto (3,866), Infinite Jest (3,619), The Goldfinch (3,498), A Dance With Dragons (3,146), House of Leaves (2,962), The Girl On The Train (2,945), Mastering the Art of French Cooking (2,939), PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives (2,933), Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking (2,932), Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (2,842), Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats (2,653), The Book Thief (2,597), The Fault in Our Stars (2,395), The Graveyard Book (2,232), The Night Circus (2,231), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2,208), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) (2,169), Cloud Atlas (2,168), Insurgent (2,156), Life After Life (2,144), 11/22/63 (2,142), The Name of the Wind (2,133), Looking for Alaska (2,117), An Echo in the Bone (2,114), The Invention of Wings (2,108), The Ocean at the End of the Lane (2,062), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2,056), The Hunger Games (2,027), Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings (2,005), The encyclopedia of country living : an old-fashioned recipe book (1,979), Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery that Revolutionizes Home Baking (1,959), The Cuckoo's Calling (1,932), Allegiant (1,875), The Complete Tightwad Gazette (1,850), A People's History of the United States (1,825), God Is Not Great : How Religion Poisons Everything (1,796), Station Eleven (1,792), And the Mountains Echoed (1,781), A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (1,779), The Martian (1,768), Written in My Own Heart's Blood (1,753), The Night Circus (1,746), Thinking, Fast and Slow (1,746), Me Before You (1,744), Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (1,704), Ready Player One (1,701), The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1,692)

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 (7,483), Angels & Demons (5,657), Deception Point (3,643), Digital Fortress (3,480), A Painted House (3,398), The Summons (3,285), The Brethren (3,275), The Street Lawyer (3,264), The Testament (3,257), The Lovely Bones (3,210), Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood: A Novel (3,202), The Broker (3,193), The Runaway Jury (3,140), The King of Torts (3,130), The Last Juror (2,976), The Memory Keeper's Daughter (2,959), The Devil Wears Prada (2,931), The Partner (2,915), The Purpose Driven Life (2,827), The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town (2,745), The Nanny Diaries (2,712), Memoirs of a Geisha (2,670), The Rainmaker (2,577), Shreve, Anita (2,539), Pilot's Wife (2,539), The Chamber (2,528), The Firm [Penguin Readers, Level 5] (2,458), The Pelican Brief (2,392), A Million Little Pieces ** [AUDIO] (2,340), The Notebook (2,338), A Time to Kill (2,315), Left Behind (2,289), The Pilot's Wife (2,254), The Client (2,246), The Purpose Driven Life (2,209), A Million Little Pieces (2,078), Left Behind (2,065), The Firm (2,031), Honeymoon (2,030), The Appeal (1,998), Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution (1,990), Cross (1,987), The chamber (1,975), Trace (1,954), Twilight (1,947), Seabiscuit: An American Legend (1,899), Cold Mountain (1,897), Marley & Me (1,845), Bleachers (1,829)

25 most-reviewed books

[No title] (4004 reviews), The Hunger Games (3429 reviews), Twilight (2412 reviews), The Book Thief (1977 reviews), The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (1809 reviews), Catching Fire (1777 reviews), Mockingjay (1703 reviews), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) (1594 reviews), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (1594 reviews), The Help (1537 reviews), The Da Vinci Code (1366 reviews), The Road (1364 reviews), The Giver (1345 reviews), The Time Traveler's Wife (1319 reviews), Divergent (1318 reviews), The Fault in Our Stars (1311 reviews), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (1286 reviews), To Kill a Mockingbird (1280 reviews), The Kite Runner (1269 reviews), Gone Girl (1246 reviews), Water for Elephants: A Novel (1235 reviews), The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (1209 reviews), Pride and Prejudice (1174 reviews), The Graveyard Book (1129 reviews), New Moon (1123 reviews)

Top 50 books, by copies (more)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) (85,303), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (72,847), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (72,523), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (72,058), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (70,783), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (70,168), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (66,920), The Hobbit (57,958), The Da Vinci Code (54,419), 1984 (53,953), Pride and Prejudice (53,396), To Kill a Mockingbird (51,514), The Catcher in the Rye (50,668), The Great Gatsby (47,550), Twilight (44,086), The Kite Runner (39,800), The Hunger Games (39,301), Animal Farm (38,767), Jane Eyre (38,501), The Lord of the Rings (36,248), Brave New World (36,244), New Moon (35,010), Angels & Demons (34,807), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (34,145), The Fellowship of the Ring (33,910), Fahrenheit 451 (33,486), Life of Pi (33,330), Wuthering Heights (33,175), Lord of the Flies (32,397), Eclipse (32,332), The Time Traveler's Wife (31,910), One Hundred Years of Solitude (31,200), Slaughterhouse-Five (31,177), The Odyssey (31,164), The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (30,662), The Two Towers (30,075), The Return of the King (29,199), Catching Fire (29,119), Ender's Game (29,024), Crime and Punishment (28,977), Breaking Dawn (28,877), Catch-22 (28,826), Memoirs of a Geisha (28,431), The Lovely Bones (28,084), The Book Thief (27,135), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (26,738), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (26,206), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (26,181), Of Mice and Men (25,780), Anna Karenina (25,768)

Top Books by LibraryThing Authors

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

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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