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Top 25 books by rating

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (8.41), Wilhelm Reich in Hell (8.13), Brecht on Theatre: The Development of an Aesthetic (7.94), You Can't Catch Death: A Daughter's Memoir (7.85), The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Knots & Ropework (7.18), The Complete Peanuts: 1961-1962 Dailies & Sundays (7.03), On Directing Film (7.01), Loading Mercury With a Pitchfork: [Poems] (6.78), The Snake Oil Wars, or, Scheherazade Ginsberg Strikes Again (6.72), Overcoat and Other Tales of Good and Evil (6.5), Doonesbury's Greatest Hits (6.47), So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away (6.37), The Complete Peanuts: 1955-1956 Dailies & Sundays (6.1), The Cartoon Guide to Physics (6.05), Wildlife (6.01), The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (5.97), After Man: A Zoology of the Future (5.86), The Best Awful (5.79), An Unfortunate Woman (5.57), Me and My Little Brain (Great Brain) (5.52), The Great Brain at the Academy (Great Brain) (5.51), My Life As a Man (5.49), Rhinoceros and Other Plays (5.43), Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words (5.39), Women with Men : Three Stories (5.35)

Bottom 25 books by rating

Wild Animus (1.34), Dianetics (1.81), The Late Great Planet Earth (1.91), Baldur's Gate (2.06), The Birthing House (2.08), Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later (2.14), The Beginners (2.14), The Gnostic Mystery (2.14), Powers (2.21), Pemberley: Or Pride and Prejudice Continued (2.29), Out of Mind (2.29), Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession (2.32), Cracking The Da Vinci Code: The Unauthorized Guide To The Facts Behind Dan Brown's Bestselling Novel (2.33), Ten Days in the Hills (2.34), Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose (2.35), Citizen Girl (2.37), May Day (2.38), 4 Blondes (2.39), Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber: The Katya Livingston Chronicles (2.4), The Washingtonienne: A Novel (2.41), A Bridge to Wiseman's Cove (2.41), The Coming of the King (2.44), Barry Trotter and the Shameless Parody (2.44), The Philadelphia Experiment: Project Invisibility (2.44), The Thin Pink Line (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.

Wildlife (17.38), So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away (17.33), The Complete Peanuts: 1961-1962 Dailies & Sundays (17.22), Overcoat and Other Tales of Good and Evil (16.8), Doonesbury's Greatest Hits (16.64), The Cartoon Guide to Physics (16.11), An Unfortunate Woman (15.51), The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (15.1), Women with Men : Three Stories (14.94), My Life As a Man (14.93), Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words (14.83), After Man: A Zoology of the Future (14.68), Me and My Little Brain (Great Brain) (14.21), Tarantula (13.87), Rhinoceros and Other Plays (13.84), The Complete Peanuts: 1955-1956 Dailies & Sundays (13.76), The Great Brain at the Academy (Great Brain) (13.58), More Adventures of the Great Brain (13.14), Masks of the Illuminati (12.91), Leaf Storm and Other Stories (12.86), Revolt in 2100 & Methuselah's Children (12.17), Willard and His Bowling Trophies (11.8), Snow White (11.7), Motel of the Mysteries (11.48), Anywhere but Here (11.38)

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 (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 (3,881), The Hunger Games / Catching Fire / Mockingjay (3,820), A Discovery of Witches (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 (Volume One) (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 (3,260), World War Z (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 (2,581), Where the Sidewalk Ends (2,554), Fall of Giants (2,536), Divergent (2,535), Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, 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 (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

(4000 reviews), The Hunger Games (2988 reviews), Twilight (2227 reviews), The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (1636 reviews), The Book Thief (1573 reviews), Catching Fire (1467 reviews), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (1410 reviews), Mockingjay (1353 reviews), The Help (1302 reviews), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) (1272 reviews), The Da Vinci Code (1237 reviews), The Road (1212 reviews), The Time Traveler's Wife (1193 reviews), The Kite Runner (1142 reviews), Water for Elephants (1114 reviews), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (1110 reviews), The Hornet's Sting: The Amazing Untold Story of World War II Spy Thomas Sneum (1085 reviews), The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (1023 reviews), New Moon (1015 reviews), Breaking Dawn (1015 reviews), Pride and Prejudice (993 reviews), The Graveyard Book (973 reviews), The Giver (966 reviews), To Kill a Mockingbird (953 reviews), The Lovely Bones (890 reviews)

Top 50 books, by copies (more)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) (76,841), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (67,099), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (66,707), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (66,129), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (65,315), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (64,615), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (61,432), The Hobbit (51,443), The Da Vinci Code (50,731), 1984 (48,880), Pride and Prejudice (48,398), The Catcher in the Rye (46,380), To Kill a Mockingbird (45,487), The Great Gatsby (42,587), Twilight (41,215), The Kite Runner (36,815), Jane Eyre (34,757), Animal Farm (34,697), The Hunger Games (33,504), The Lord of the Rings (33,344), Brave New World (32,761), New Moon (32,612), Angels & Demons (32,037), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (31,573), Life of Pi (30,855), Wuthering Heights (30,395), Eclipse (30,219), The fellowship of the ring (30,057), The Time Traveler's Wife (29,997), Fahrenheit 451 (29,601), Lord of the Flies (28,741), One Hundred Years of Solitude (28,396), Slaughterhouse-Five (28,176), The Odyssey (27,899), The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (27,669), The two towers (27,049), Breaking Dawn (26,666), Memoirs of a Geisha (26,513), Crime and Punishment (26,343), Catch-22 (26,269), The return of the king (26,254), The Lovely Bones (25,962), Ender's Game (25,802), Catching Fire (24,156), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (23,529), Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (23,510), Anna Karenina (23,134), American Gods (23,012), Sense and Sensibility (22,932), The Book Thief (22,855)

Top Books by LibraryThing Authors

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Dan Chaon, Bleak House by Tatiana Holway, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, The Cat in the Hat by Sholem Berger, Looking for Alaska by John Green, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, 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 Dante Club by Matthew Pearl, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka, Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr, Midwives by Chris Bohjalian, Killing Floor by Lee Child, The Maze Runner by James Dashner, 2nd Chance by Andrew Gross, Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, A Darkness at Sethanon by Don Maitz

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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