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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), The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation (4.82), The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary [2 volume set] (4.82), Walking with God through Pain and Suffering (4.8), Toda Mafalda (4.8), Oeuvres complètes, tome 1 (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), Digger: The Complete Omnibus Edition (4.79), The Oxford English Dictionary [Compact Edition] (4.78), 1599 Geneva Bible (4.78), A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns (4.78), The Oxford Illustrated Jane Austen: Emma/Mansfield Park/Northanger Abbey/Persuasion/Pride and Prejudice/Sense and Sensibility/Minor Works (4.77), Bloom County: The Complete Library Volume 2: 1982-1984 (4.77), The ESV Study Bible (4.76), Bread: A Baker's Book of Techniques and Recipes (4.76), The Complete Far Side (4.76)

Bottom 25 books by rating

Wild Animus (1.47), Dianetics (1.78), Tris & Izzie (1.87), The Late Great Planet Earth (1.93), Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later (2.04), The Gnostic Mystery (2.14), The Birthing House (2.18), 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), Return to the stars (2.37), Pemberley: Or Pride and Prejudice Continued (2.37), Citizen Girl (2.38), The Other Woman's Shoes (2.38), Black box (2.38), Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession (2.38), One Night at the Call Center: A Novel (2.38), Necronomicon Spellbook (2.38), The Washingtonienne (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), Twilight / New Moon / Eclipse (1.56), The Holy Bible, King James Version (LDS Edition) (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), The Late Great Planet Earth (1.46), Dianetics (1.45), I Too Had a Love Story (1.45), Love & Misadventure (1.44), 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 (1.41), Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World (1.41), The Message: The New Testament in Contemporary Language (1.4), Raw (RAW Family, #1) (1.4), 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 (1,827), House of Leaves (1,746), The Book Thief (1,610), The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (1,559), Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1,462), PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives (1,392), In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto (1,382), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (1,340), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (1,129), The Handmaid's Tale (1,080), The Name of the Wind (1,054), The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1,052), Slaughterhouse-Five (1,039), Outliers: The Story of Success (1,037), Mastering the Art of French Cooking Volume 1 (1,006), The Graveyard Book (992), Kafka on the Shore (987), The Road (957), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (951), A People's History of the United States (936), Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats (927), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (920), 1984 (919), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (905), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (881), Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings (849), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (839), Fight Club (837), Cloud Atlas (813), The Encyclopedia of Country Living: An Old Fashioned Recipe Book (811), The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (790), Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (779), God Is Not Great : How Religion Poisons Everything (773), The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (770), Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery that Revolutionizes Home Baking (769), The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (766), The Secret Lives of Men and Women: A PostSecret Book (765), Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (763), Fahrenheit 451 (763), Norwegian Wood (760), The Hunger Games (753), We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) (744), Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex (736), A Clockwork Orange (732), Stardust (727), Gravity's Rainbow (725), Lolita (723), My Secret: A PostSecret Book (723), American Gods (722), A Dance With Dragons (711)

50 least wanted

Same as above, but counting "available" copies minus "wanted."
The Da Vinci Code (1,857), Angels & Demons (1,439), The Street Lawyer (1,017), A Painted House (998), The Brethren (992), The Runaway Jury (989), The King of Torts (974), The Testament (953), The Summons (944), Deception Point (935), The Broker (928), Digital Fortress (915), The Partner (914), The Last Juror (842), Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (827), The Rainmaker (800), The Chamber (792), The Innocent Man (739), The Pelican Brief (717), The Client (690), A Time to Kill (676), The Memory Keeper's Daughter (676), The Lovely Bones (670), Trace (630), The Firm (623), Skipping Christmas (619), The Nanny Diaries (618), The Purpose Driven Life (615), The Pilot's Wife (605), Cross (599), The Appeal (596), The Horse Whisperer (591), Honeymoon (584), Marley & Me (551), Blow Fly (548), Bleachers (544), State of Fear (538), Seabiscuit: An American Legend (536), Playing for Pizza (534), Two Little Girls in Blue: A Novel (532), The Devil Wears Prada (521), Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution (521), Prey (508), The Notebook (508), Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days (507), Timeline (500), Predator (500), Cold Mountain (494), Mary, Mary (491), The Bridges of Madison County (482)

25 most-reviewed books

The Hunger Games (3714 reviews), Twilight (2535 reviews), The Book Thief (2216 reviews), Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1958 reviews), Catching Fire (1945 reviews), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (1896 reviews), Mockingjay (1877 reviews), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (1716 reviews), The Help (1648 reviews), The Giver (1557 reviews), The Fault in Our Stars (1547 reviews), Divergent (1513 reviews), Gone Girl (1505 reviews), To Kill a Mockingbird (1478 reviews), The Road (1467 reviews), The Da Vinci Code (1449 reviews), The Time Traveler's Wife (1395 reviews), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (1392 reviews), The Kite Runner (1381 reviews), Pride and Prejudice (1344 reviews), Where the Wild Things Are (1326 reviews), The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (1308 reviews), Water for Elephants: A Novel (1286 reviews), The Graveyard Book (1267 reviews), The Lightning Thief (1266 reviews)

Top 50 books, by copies (more)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (97,295), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (81,845), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (80,595), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (79,694), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (77,951), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (77,553), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (74,101), The Hobbit (68,188), 1984 (60,441), Pride and Prejudice (59,605), The Da Vinci Code (58,478), To Kill a Mockingbird (58,366), The Catcher in the Rye (55,622), The Great Gatsby (53,432), Twilight (47,345), The Hunger Games (45,521), Jane Eyre (43,662), The Kite Runner (43,212), Animal Farm (42,836), Brave New World (40,402), The Lord of the Rings (39,631), The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings (38,293), Fahrenheit 451 (38,147), New Moon (37,649), Angels & Demons (37,644), Wuthering Heights (37,229), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (36,859), Lord of the Flies (36,569), The Odyssey (36,263), Life of Pi (35,988), The Two Towers: Being the Second Part of The Lord of the Rings (34,348), Slaughterhouse-Five (34,331), One Hundred Years of Solitude (34,266), Eclipse (34,211), The Time Traveler's Wife (34,046), Catching Fire (33,965), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (33,469), The Return of the King: Being the Third Part of The Lord of the Rings (33,296), Crime and Punishment (32,483), Ender's Game (32,082), Breaking Dawn (31,952), Catch-22 (31,644), The Book Thief (31,643), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (30,951), Memoirs of a Geisha (30,789), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (30,779), Mockingjay (30,355), The Lovely Bones (30,189), A Game of Thrones (29,989), The Little Prince (29,884)

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, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Katherine Shonk, 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, The Book of Three by Don Maitz, 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

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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