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Zeitgeist Books

Top 25 books by rating

Queen Elizabeth's Wardrobe Unlock'd (4.96), The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (4.89), 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 Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha (Majjhima Nikaya) (4.86), Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking (4.84), The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook: More Than 200 Fibers, from Animal to Spun Yarn (4.84), The Oxford English Dictionary (20 Volume Set) (Vols 1-20) (4.83), The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary [2 volume set] (4.82), Walking with God through Pain and Suffering (4.81), Oeuvres complètes, tome 1 (4.81), Toda Mafalda (4.8), The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation (4.79), Patterns of Fashion 3: 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), The Absolute Sandman Volume Four (4.79), Digger: The Complete Omnibus Edition (4.79), The Oxford English Dictionary [Compact Edition] (4.78), The Oxford Illustrated Jane Austen: Emma/Mansfield Park/Northanger Abbey/Persuasion/Pride and Prejudice/Sense and Sensibility/Minor Works (4.78), A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns (4.78), Bloom County: The Complete Library Volume 2: 1982-1984 (4.77), The ESV Study Bible (4.77), The Complete Far Side (4.76), Bread: A Baker's Book of Techniques and Recipes (4.76), Under the North Star (4.76)

Bottom 25 books by rating

Wild Animus (1.52), Dianetics (1.8), Tris & Izzie (1.87), The Late Great Planet Earth (1.95), Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later (2.05), The Gnostic Mystery (2.14), The Birthing House (2.15), Powers: A Novel (2.2), Baldur's Gate (2.21), The Beginners (2.23), The Boy on the Bus: A Novel (2.24), The Glamorous (Double) Life of Isabel Bookbinder: A Novel (2.31), Ten Days in the Hills (2.34), Cracking the Da Vinci Code: The Unauthorized Guide to the Facts behind Dan Brown’s Bestselling Novel (2.35), Son of Rosemary (2.36), The Cream Train (2.37), Who is Rich? (2.37), Return to the stars (2.37), Citizen Girl (2.37), The Other Woman's Shoes (2.38), Black box (2.38), Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession (2.38), Pemberley: Or Pride and Prejudice Continued (2.38), Necronomicon Spellbook (2.38), One Night at the Call Center: A Novel (2.39)

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 (1.91), The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ (1.81), Book of Mormon/Doctrine and Covenants/Pearl of Great Price (Triple) (1.8), The Holy Bible, King James Version (LDS Edition) (1.56), Twilight / New Moon / Eclipse (1.55), To Train Up A Child (1.54), The Koran (1.53), Worlds in Collision (1.49), Natural Cures "They" Don't Want You To Know About (1.46), Created to Be His Help Meet: Discover How God Can Make Your Marriage Glorious (1.46), Dianetics (1.46), The Late Great Planet Earth (1.45), My Man Michael (1.44), Raw (RAW Family, #1) (1.44), Asterix and the Falling Sky (1.44), Darwin's Black Box (1.43), The Boy Who Sneaks In My Bedroom Window (1.43), Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga [film] (1.42), The Fifth Sorceress (1.42), Fifty Shades of Grey (1.42), I Too Had a Love Story (1.42), Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World (1.41), The Message: The New Testament in Contemporary Language (1.4), The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) (1.39), Mein Kampf (1.39)

50 top wanted

The most wanted books across the 5 swap sites LibraryThing integrates with. Number is the difference between "wanted" and "available."
Infinite Jest (2,030), House of Leaves (1,935), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (1,750), All the Light We Cannot See (1,703), Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking (1,685), The Book Thief (1,649), The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (1,629), Outliers: The Story of Success (1,451), In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto (1,438), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (1,392), PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives (1,366), Thinking, Fast and Slow (1,346), Written in My Own Heart's Blood (1,299), The Nightingale (1,263), The Name of the Wind (1,262), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (1,238), Educated: A Memoir (1,186), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1,163), Where the Crawdads Sing (1,125), The Graveyard Book (1,122), Before We Were Yours: A Novel (1,104), Mastering the Art of French Cooking Volume 1 (1,093), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1,088), The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (1,060), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (1,050), The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1,043), Kafka on the Shore (1,037), Slaughterhouse-Five (1,033), A Gentleman in Moscow (1,018), The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business (1,018), A People's History of the United States (1,010), Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex (1,005), An Echo in the Bone (1,004), Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats (1,001), Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End (984), The Tattooist of Auschwitz (983), 1984 (982), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (981), The Great Alone: A Novel (968), When Breath Becomes Air (966), The Handmaid's Tale (966), The Road (952), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (950), Little Fires Everywhere (939), Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (936), 11/22/63: A Novel (933), The Woman in the Window (931), Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel (931), We Have Always Lived in the Castle (921), Ready Player One (919)

50 least wanted

Same as above, but counting "available" copies minus "wanted."
The Da Vinci Code (1,813), Angels & Demons (1,352), The Street Lawyer (988), The Brethren (965), The Runaway Jury (954), A Painted House (953), The King of Torts (939), The Testament (921), The Summons (917), The Broker (906), Deception Point (900), Digital Fortress (895), The Partner (887), The Last Juror (807), Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (795), The Rainmaker (782), The Chamber (770), The Pelican Brief (691), The Client (664), The Memory Keeper's Daughter (664), The Innocent Man (662), A Time to Kill (659), The Lovely Bones (654), The Firm (609), The Nanny Diaries (605), Trace (598), The Purpose Driven Life (591), Skipping Christmas (586), The Appeal (586), The Horse Whisperer (583), The Pilot's Wife (582), Cross (576), Honeymoon (558), Marley & Me (542), Blow Fly (535), Seabiscuit: An American Legend (532), Bleachers (531), Playing for Pizza (520), Two Little Girls in Blue (518), State of Fear (513), Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution (507), The Devil Wears Prada (499), The Notebook (484), Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days (479), Prey (478), Predator (478), Timeline (476), Cold Mountain (475), Mary, Mary (464), Where the Heart Is (456)

25 most-reviewed books

The Hunger Games (3757 reviews), Twilight (2551 reviews), The Book Thief (2250 reviews), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (1995 reviews), Catching Fire (1952 reviews), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (1918 reviews), Mockingjay (1893 reviews), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (1737 reviews), The Help (1657 reviews), The Giver (1590 reviews), The Fault in Our Stars (1571 reviews), Divergent (1532 reviews), Gone Girl (1524 reviews), To Kill a Mockingbird (1503 reviews), The Road (1483 reviews), The Da Vinci Code (1471 reviews), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (1405 reviews), The Time Traveler's Wife (1402 reviews), The Kite Runner (1387 reviews), Pride and Prejudice (1362 reviews), Where the Wild Things Are (1353 reviews), The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (1320 reviews), Water for Elephants: A Novel (1297 reviews), The Graveyard Book (1285 reviews), The Lightning Thief (1282 reviews)

Top 50 books, by copies (more)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (98,413), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (82,827), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (81,416), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (80,378), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (78,615), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (78,237), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (74,773), The Hobbit (68,630), 1984 (61,145), Pride and Prejudice (60,268), To Kill a Mockingbird (59,038), The Da Vinci Code (58,951), The Catcher in the Rye (56,122), The Great Gatsby (54,039), Twilight (47,691), The Hunger Games (46,084), Jane Eyre (44,119), The Kite Runner (43,554), Animal Farm (43,383), Brave New World (40,893), The Lord of the Rings (39,990), The Fellowship of the Ring (38,813), Fahrenheit 451 (38,680), New Moon (37,938), Angels & Demons (37,909), Wuthering Heights (37,538), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (37,050), Lord of the Flies (37,020), The Odyssey (36,873), Life of Pi (36,244), The Two Towers (34,733), Slaughterhouse-Five (34,730), One Hundred Years of Solitude (34,622), Catching Fire (34,424), Eclipse (34,410), The Time Traveler's Wife (34,143), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (33,846), The Return of The King (33,711), Crime and Punishment (32,944), Ender's Game (32,364), Breaking Dawn (32,233), The Book Thief (32,166), Catch-22 (31,943), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (31,443), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (31,367), Memoirs of a Geisha (31,084), Mockingjay (30,872), The Lovely Bones (30,418), A Game of Thrones (30,389), The Little Prince (30,374)

Top Books by LibraryThing Authors

Looking for Alaska by John Green, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Dan Chaon, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Room by Manon Smits, Bleak House by Tatiana Holway, Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Katherine Shonk, The Maze Runner by James Dashner, Naked Lunch by Geerten Meijsing, Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction by Chris Regan, The House of the Seven Gables by Cathy N. Davidson, The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl, His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik, Killing Floor by Lee Child, The Book of Three by Don Maitz, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days by Angela Elwell Hunt, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

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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