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Top 25 books by rating

Queen Elizabeth's Wardrobe Unlock'd (4.96), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles (4.89), The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (4.88), Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions -- A Reader's Edition of the Book of Concord (4.88), The Apostolic Fathers: Greek Texts and English Translations (4.88), The Cut and Construction of Linen Shirts, Smocks, Neckwear, Headwear and Accessories for Men and Women, c1540-1660 (4.88), The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha (4.86), Oeuvres complètes, tome 1 (4.85), The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook: More Than 200 Fibers, from Animal to Spun Yarn (4.84), Modernist Cuisine (six volume set) (4.84), Ignatius Catholic Study Bible: New Testament (4.83), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring {extended edition} (4.82), The Oxford English Dictionary (4.82), Toda Mafalda (4.81), The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation (4.8), The Absolute Sandman Volume Four (4.8), The Cut and Construction of Clothes for Men and Women, c1560-1620 (4.79), 1599 Geneva Bible (4.79), Mansfield Park / Pride and Prejudice / Sense and Sensibility (4.79), Walking with God through Pain and Suffering (4.79), The Oxford Illustrated Jane Austen (Six Volume Set) (4.78), The ESV Study Bible (4.78), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King {extended edition} (4.77), A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns (4.77), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers {extended edition} (4.77)

Bottom 25 books by rating

Wild Animus (1.52), Dianetics (1.78), Tris & Izzie (1.84), The Late Great Planet Earth (2.05), Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later (2.1), The Gnostic Mystery (2.14), The Birthing House (2.17), Powers: A Novel (2.2), The Juliette Society (2.22), The Beginners (2.23), Baldur's Gate (2.24), The Boy on the Bus: A Novel (2.24), Ten Days in the Hills (2.35), Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession (2.37), The Glamorous (Double) Life of Isabel Bookbinder: A Novel (2.38), The Grave Gourmet (2.38), Citizen Girl (2.38), One Night at the Call Center: A Novel (2.38), Son of Rosemary (2.38), Black box (2.38), The Twilight Companion: The Unauthorized Guide to the Series (2.38), The Other Woman's Shoes (2.38), Necronomicon Spellbook (2.38), The Cream Train (2.39), Return to the stars (2.41)

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), Book of Mormon/Doctrine and Covenants/Pearl of Great Price (Triple) (1.82), The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ (1.8), The Turner Diaries: A Novel (1.56), The Holy Bible, King James Version (LDS Edition) (1.54), To Train Up A Child (1.54), Twilight / New Moon / Eclipse (1.53), The Late Great Planet Earth (1.47), The Koran (1.47), Created to be His Help Meet (1.47), Worlds in Collision (1.47), Dianetics (1.45), My Man Michael (1.44), Love & Misadventure (1.44), The Boy Who Sneaks In My Bedroom Window (1.44), Natural Cures "They" Don't Want You To Know About (1.43), The Fifth Sorceress (1.43), Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga [box set] (1.43), Fifty Shades of Grey (1.43), Taking Chances (1.41), Darwin's Black Box (1.41), The Message: The New Testament in Contemporary Language (1.4), Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy (1.4), Mein Kampf (1.4), Asterix and the Falling Sky (1.4)

50 top wanted

The most wanted books across the 5 swap sites LibraryThing integrates with. Number is the difference between "wanted" and "available."
House of Leaves (1,800), Infinite Jest (1,763), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (1,599), The Book Thief (1,538), The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (1,513), Where the Crawdads Sing (1,353), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (1,338), Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking (1,294), In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto (1,210), PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives (1,187), Outliers: The Story of Success (1,175), Educated: A Memoir (1,169), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (1,126), Thinking, Fast and Slow (1,118), Written in My Own Heart's Blood (1,075), The Graveyard Book (1,042), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1,037), Slaughterhouse-Five (1,020), The Name of the Wind (1,010), The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1,009), Kafka on the Shore (994), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (980), 1984 (973), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (973), The Road (957), Little Fires Everywhere (922), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (916), All the Light We Cannot See (912), The Handmaid’s Tale (910), Mastering the Art of French Cooking (904), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (893), The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business (889), The Dutch House (889), We Have Always Lived in the Castle (887), A People's History of the United States (884), Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (859), A Gentleman in Moscow (854), Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex (851), An Echo in the Bone (840), The Hunger Games (840), Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (839), The Silent Patient (833), Cloud Atlas (823), Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End (812), Fight Club (795), God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything (786), Norwegian Wood (782), The Giver of Stars (781), Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats (778), A Game of Thrones (764)

50 least wanted

Same as above, but counting "available" copies minus "wanted."
The Da Vinci Code (1,406), Angels & Demons (979), The Street Lawyer (762), The Runaway Jury (724), The King of Torts (711), The Brethren (699), The Testament (691), A Painted House (691), The Broker (688), The Partner (687), Digital Fortress (687), The Summons (674), Deception Point (659), The Last Juror (615), The Rainmaker (614), The Chamber (577), Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (562), The Client (505), The Pelican Brief (493), A Time to Kill (484), The Innocent Man (481), Skipping Christmas (445), The Memory Keeper's Daughter (444), Trace (443), The Lovely Bones (438), The Purpose Driven Life (434), The Appeal (434), The Firm (431), The Horse Whisperer (430), The Pilot's Wife (428), The Nanny Diaries (425), Cross (423), Honeymoon (422), Bleachers (408), Playing for Pizza (400), State of Fear (396), Seabiscuit: An American Legend (394), Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution (388), Blow Fly (386), Marley & Me (384), Two Little Girls in Blue (371), The Devil Wears Prada (355), From Potter's Field (352), Timeline (352), Point of Origin (350), Mary, Mary (348), Pretend You Don't See Her (348), The Notebook (348), The Prayer of Jabez: Breaking Through to the Blessed Life (345), Prey (343)

25 most-reviewed books

The Hunger Games (3899 reviews), buy r4i (3391 reviews), Twilight (2617 reviews), The Book Thief (2371 reviews), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2176 reviews), Catching Fire (2019 reviews), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (1981 reviews), Mockingjay (1962 reviews), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (1816 reviews), The Help (1705 reviews), The Giver (1659 reviews), The Fault in Our Stars (1656 reviews), Gone Girl (1621 reviews), Divergent (1618 reviews), To Kill a Mockingbird (1604 reviews), The Road (1538 reviews), The Da Vinci Code (1524 reviews), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (1471 reviews), Pride and Prejudice (1462 reviews), The Time Traveler's Wife (1450 reviews), The Kite Runner (1440 reviews), Where the Wild Things Are (1424 reviews), The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (1374 reviews), 1984 (1360 reviews), The Graveyard Book (1359 reviews)

Top 50 books, by copies (more)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) (103,175), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (86,598), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (84,910), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (83,300), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (81,607), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (81,562), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (77,760), The Hobbit (72,061), 1984 (63,885), Pride and Prejudice (62,916), To Kill a Mockingbird (61,754), The Da Vinci Code (60,542), The Catcher in the Rye (57,954), The Great Gatsby (56,368), Twilight (48,832), The Hunger Games (48,543), Jane Eyre (46,152), Animal Farm (45,513), The Kite Runner (44,693), Brave New World (42,720), The Lord of the Rings (41,430), The Fellowship of the Ring (40,920), Fahrenheit 451 (40,700), Wuthering Heights (39,265), The Odyssey (39,065), Angels & Demons (38,999), New Moon (38,958), Lord of the Flies (38,745), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (38,129), Life of Pi (37,291), The Two Towers (36,464), Catching Fire (36,414), One Hundred Years of Solitude (36,047), Slaughterhouse-Five (36,017), Eclipse (35,445), The Return of The King (35,256), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (35,211), The Time Traveler's Wife (34,899), Crime and Punishment (34,445), The Book Thief (33,990), Ender's Game (33,665), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (33,350), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia) (33,226), Catch-22 (33,183), Breaking Dawn (33,092), Mockingjay (32,655), The Little Prince (32,384), A Game of Thrones (32,230), Memoirs of a Geisha (31,661), The Handmaid's Tale (31,486)

Top Books by LibraryThing Authors

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, Looking for Alaska by John Green, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Dan Chaon, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Room by Manon Smits, My Ántonia by Terese Svoboda, Bleak House by Tatiana Holway, Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon, The Maze Runner by James Dashner, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Katherine Shonk, Naked Lunch by Geerten Meijsing, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares, Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay, Utopia by Warren Kirk Crady, Hard Times by Karen Odden, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, The House of the Seven Gables by Cathy N. Davidson, America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction by Chris Regan, The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl, Killing Floor by Lee Child, His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik

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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