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Zeitgeist Books

Top 25 books by rating

Queen Elizabeth's Wardrobe Unlocked (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) (4.85), 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), Ignatius Catholic Study Bible: New Testament (4.82), Disney Animation : The Illusion of Life (4.82), The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary [2 volume set] (4.82), Oeuvres complètes, tome 1 (4.82), Walking with God through Pain and Suffering (4.8), Toda Mafalda (4.79), Patterns of Fashion 3: The Cut and Construction of Clothes for Men and Women, c1560-1620 (4.79), Mansfield Park / Pride and Prejudice / Sense and Sensibility (4.79), The Absolute Sandman Volume Four (4.79), The Oxford English Dictionary [Compact Edition] (4.78), 1599 Geneva Bible (4.78), A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns (4.78), Bloom County: The Complete Library Volume 2: 1982-1984 (4.78), The Oxford Illustrated Jane Austen: Emma/Mansfield Park/Northanger Abbey/Persuasion/Pride and Prejudice/Sense and Sensibility/Minor Works (4.77), Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Box Set (4.77), The Annotated Persuasion (4.77), The ESV Study Bible (4.76), The Complete Far Side (4.76)

Bottom 25 books by rating

Wild Animus (1.47), Dianetics (1.78), The Late Great Planet Earth (1.93), Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later (2.04), The Gnostic Mystery (2.14), The Birthing House (2.19), 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 (2.33), 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), Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession (2.37), Pemberley: Or Pride and Prejudice Continued (2.37), The Other Woman's Shoes (2.38), Black box (2.38), Citizen Girl (2.38), Return to the stars (2.38), Necronomicon Spellbook (2.38), One Night at the Call Center: A Novel (2.39), The Washingtonienne (2.39), Freewill (2.4)

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), The Koran (1.53), To Train Up A Child (1.52), 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), The Late Great Planet Earth (1.46), Dianetics (1.45), I Too Had a Love Story (1.45), Asterix and the Falling Sky (1.44), My Man Michael (1.43), Darwin's Black Box (1.43), Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga [film] (1.42), The Fifth Sorceress (1.42), Fifty Shades of Grey (1.42), The Boy Who Sneaks In My Bedroom Window (1.42), Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World (1.41), Mein Kampf (1.39), Raw (RAW Family, #1) (1.39), The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) (1.39), Under a Velvet Cloak (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 (2,080), All the Light We Cannot See (1,930), House of Leaves (1,920), Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1,816), Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking (1,754), The Book Thief (1,664), The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (1,662), Outliers: The Story of Success (1,561), In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto (1,536), The Nightingale (1,480), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (1,426), PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives (1,394), The Handmaid's Tale (1,394), The Name of the Wind (1,378), Thinking, Fast and Slow (1,325), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (1,257), Written in My Own Heart's Blood (1,239), Before We Were Yours: A Novel (1,235), Ready Player One (1,145), The Graveyard Book (1,111), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1,104), The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1,099), Mastering the Art of French Cooking Volume 1 (1,097), An Echo in the Bone (1,092), The Goldfinch (1,091), 11/22/63 (1,083), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1,076), The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (1,061), When Breath Becomes Air (1,060), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (1,045), Slaughterhouse-Five (1,041), Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats (1,039), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (1,038), Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End (1,038), Kafka on the Shore (1,037), The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business (1,027), Little Fires Everywhere (1,019), 1984 (1,018), A People's History of the United States (1,013), A Gentleman in Moscow (1,011), Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex (1,005), Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis (981), Into the Water (980), Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine: A Novel (977), Small Great Things (974), A Dance With Dragons (974), The Road (971), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (966), The Underground Railroad (936), The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (933)

50 least wanted

Same as above, but counting "available" copies minus "wanted."
The Da Vinci Code (1,895), Angels & Demons (1,448), The Street Lawyer (1,043), The Brethren (1,036), A Painted House (1,014), The Runaway Jury (1,012), The King of Torts (991), The Testament (969), The Summons (965), The Broker (950), Deception Point (948), The Partner (937), Digital Fortress (922), The Last Juror (865), Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (860), The Rainmaker (842), The Chamber (811), The Innocent Man (762), The Pelican Brief (726), The Client (715), The Memory Keeper's Daughter (699), A Time to Kill (696), The Lovely Bones (674), Skipping Christmas (645), The Firm (644), Trace (639), The Purpose Driven Life (635), The Nanny Diaries (629), Cross (618), The Appeal (613), The Horse Whisperer (610), The Pilot's Wife (Oprah's Book Club) (609), Bleachers (603), Honeymoon (594), Blow Fly (564), Marley & Me (556), State of Fear (550), Playing for Pizza (547), Seabiscuit: An American Legend (544), Two Little Girls in Blue: A Novel (542), The Devil Wears Prada (539), Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution (533), Prey (518), The Notebook (517), Timeline (516), Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days (513), Predator (511), Cold Mountain (510), Mary, Mary (510), The Bridges of Madison County (485)

25 most-reviewed books

The Hunger Games (3684 reviews), Twilight (2523 reviews), The Book Thief (2195 reviews), Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1930 reviews), Catching Fire (1929 reviews), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (1890 reviews), Mockingjay (1864 reviews), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (1704 reviews), The Help (1642 reviews), The Giver (1545 reviews), The Fault in Our Stars (1526 reviews), Divergent (1504 reviews), Gone Girl (1483 reviews), The Road (1461 reviews), To Kill a Mockingbird (1459 reviews), The Da Vinci Code (1444 reviews), The Time Traveler's Wife (1392 reviews), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (1383 reviews), Kite Runner (1373 reviews), Pride and Prejudice (1327 reviews), The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (1301 reviews), Where the Wild Things Are (1288 reviews), Water for Elephants: A Novel (1278 reviews), The Graveyard Book (1258 reviews), The Lightning Thief (1244 reviews)

Top 50 books, by copies (more)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (96,549), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (81,264), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (80,100), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (79,276), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (77,533), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (77,083), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (73,676), The Hobbit (67,638), 1984 (59,956), Pride and Prejudice (59,232), The Da Vinci Code (58,232), To Kill a Mockingbird (57,918), The Catcher in the Rye (55,234), The Great Gatsby (53,043), Twilight (47,106), The Hunger Games (45,202), Jane Eyre (43,284), Kite Runner (43,012), Animal Farm (42,505), Brave New World (40,087), The Lord of the Rings (39,390), The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings (37,993), Fahrenheit 451 (37,826), Angels & Demons (37,471), New Moon (37,465), Wuthering Heights (37,017), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (36,671), Lord of the Flies (36,335), The Odyssey (35,922), Life of Pi (35,839), Slaughterhouse-Five (34,152), One Hundred Years of Solitude (34,089), The Two Towers: Being the Second Part of The Lord of the Rings (34,071), Eclipse (34,050), The Time Traveler's Wife (33,881), Catching Fire (33,740), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (33,322), The Return of the King: Being the Third Part of The Lord of the Rings (33,039), Crime and Punishment (32,242), Ender's Game (31,904), Breaking Dawn (31,727), Catch-22 (31,459), The Book Thief (31,341), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (30,642), Memoirs of a Geisha (30,595), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (30,456), Mockingjay (30,144), The Lovely Bones (30,136), A Game of Thrones (29,724), The Little Prince (29,559)

Top Books by LibraryThing Authors

Looking for Alaska by John Green, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, 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, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, 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 Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka, America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction by Chris Regan, A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, 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, Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days by Angela Elwell Hunt, Walden & On the Duty of Civil Disobedience by David B. Lentz, The Book of Three by Don Maitz, 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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