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Top 25 books by rating

Queen Elizabeth's Wardrobe Unlocked (4.96), The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (4.9), The Oxford English Dictionary (20 Volume Set) (Vols 1-20) (4.88), 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 Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook: More Than 200 Fibers, from Animal to Spun Yarn (4.82), 1599 Geneva Bible (4.82), The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary (2 Vol. Set; Thumb Indexed Edition) (4.82), Disney Animation : The Illusion of Life (4.82), The Underland Chronicles (1-5) (4.81), Toda Mafalda (4.8), The Oxford Illustrated Jane Austen: Emma/Mansfield Park/Northanger Abbey/Persuasion/Pride and Prejudice/Sense and Sensibility/Minor Works (4.8), The Absolute Sandman Volume Four (4.79), Mansfield Park / Pride and Prejudice / Sense and Sensibility (4.79), The Encyclopedia of Mammals (4.79), Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace (4.78), The Oxford English Dictionary [Compact Edition] (4.78), A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns (4.78), Fashion: The Collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute (4.77), Patterns of Fashion 3: The Cut and Construction of Clothes for Men and Women, c1560-1620 (4.77), The Complete Far Side (4.77), The ESV Study Bible (4.77), Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians (4.76), Under the North Star (4.76), The Annotated Persuasion (4.76), David Martyn Lloyd-Jones the First Forty Years 1899-1939 (4.76)

Bottom 25 books by rating

Wild Animus (1.44), Dianetics (1.82), The Late Great Planet Earth (1.94), Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later (2.08), The Gnostic Mystery (2.14), The Birthing House (2.16), In Search of Ancient Gods (2.18), Powers: A Novel (2.21), Baldur's Gate (2.22), The Beginners (2.24), The Boy on the Bus: A Novel (2.27), Necronomicon Spellbook (2.27), Pemberley: Or Pride and Prejudice Continued (2.31), Ten Days in the Hills (2.32), Cracking The Da Vinci Code: The Unauthorized Guide To The Facts Behind Dan Brown's Bestselling Novel (2.33), Freewill (2.34), Treno di panna (2.34), Citizen Girl (2.36), Feel This Book: An Essential Guide to Self-Empowerment, Spiritual Supremacy, and Sexual Satisfaction (2.38), Gods From Outer Space (2.38), The Washingtonienne: A Novel (2.38), Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession (2.4), Son Of Rosemary (2.4), 4 Blondes (2.41), Being Elizabeth (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 (1.92), The Book of Mormon (1.8), Book of Mormon/Doctrine and Covenants/Pearl of Great Price (Triple) (1.76), Twilight / New Moon / Eclipse (1.55), Under the Wide and Starry Sky (1.54), Worlds in Collision (1.5), Natural Cures "They" Don't Want You To Know About (1.48), Asterix and the Falling Sky (1.47), Dianetics (1.46), The Qur'an: Translation (Ali and Razwy) (1.46), The Late Great Planet Earth (1.45), Created to Be His Help Meet: Discover How God Can Make Your Marriage Glorious (1.44), Darwin's Black Box (1.44), My Man Michael (1.43), Twilight 1.2.3.4 & 5 (dvd) (1.42), The Fifth Sorceress (1.42), Fifty Shades of Grey (1.41), The Boy Who Sneaks In My Bedroom Window (1.41), Taking Chances (Taking Chances, #1) (1.41), Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World (1.4), The Dark Age (1.4), Heart of the Wolf (1.4), Minion (1.4), The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) (1.4), The Transplant (1.39)

50 top wanted

The most wanted books across the 8 swap sites LibraryThing integrates with. Number is the difference between "wanted" and "available."
All the Light We Cannot See (4,595), Outliers: The Story of Success (3,972), The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (3,782), In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto (3,671), Infinite Jest (3,599), The Goldfinch (3,143), House of Leaves (3,002), Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking (2,875), PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives (2,855), A Dance With Dragons (2,804), Mastering the Art of French Cooking (2,702), Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats (2,575), The Book Thief (2,491), The Girl On The Train (2,489), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) (2,275), The Nightingale (2,197), The Graveyard Book (2,086), 11/22/63 (2,067), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2,062), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2,055), An Echo in the Bone (2,034), The Name of the Wind (2,027), Cloud Atlas (1,995), The Night Circus (1,984), Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (1,981), Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings (1,969), The Encyclopedia of Country Living: An Old Fashioned Recipe Book (1,932), Me Before You (1,878), Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery that Revolutionizes Home Baking (1,877), Life After Life (1,787), A People's History of the United States (1,786), The Complete Tightwad Gazette (1,774), Thinking, Fast and Slow (1,767), The Night Circus (1,746), The Fault in Our Stars (1,745), The Hunger Games (1,745), Ready Player One (1,719), God Is Not Great : How Religion Poisons Everything (1,674), The Invention of Wings: A Novel (1,670), The Ocean at the End of the Lane (1,664), The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1,658), Written in My Own Heart's Blood (1,652), A Game of Thrones (1,651), The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business (1,648), Homesteading: A Backyard Guide to Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine, and More (Back to Basics Guides) (1,644), Looking for Alaska (1,636), The Secret Lives of Men and Women: A PostSecret Book (1,631), The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (1,625), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (1,617), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (1,614)

50 least wanted

Same as above, but counting "available" copies minus "wanted."
Elric: The Stealer of Souls [black hole bug edition] (8,897), The Da Vinci Code (7,155), Angels & Demons (5,387), Deception Point (3,473), Digital Fortress (3,334), A Painted House (3,271), The Summons (3,149), The Street Lawyer (3,123), The Brethren (3,120), The Testament (3,086), The Lovely Bones (3,076), Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood: A Novel (3,064), The Broker (3,060), The King of Torts (3,000), The Runaway Jury (2,917), The Memory Keeper's Daughter (2,846), The Last Juror (2,843), The Purpose Driven Life (2,827), The Devil Wears Prada (2,815), The Partner (2,787), The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town (2,626), The Nanny Diaries (2,605), Shreve, Anita (2,539), Pilot's Wife (2,539), The Firm [Penguin Readers, Level 5] (2,458), The Chamber (2,419), The Rainmaker (2,417), A Million Little Pieces ** [AUDIO] (2,340), Left Behind (2,289), Memoirs of a Giesha (2,286), The Pelican Brief (2,235), The Notebook (2,229), A Time to Kill (2,194), The Pilot's Wife (2,153), The Client (2,133), The Purpose Driven Life (2,090), A Million Little Pieces (1,985), Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days (Left Behind No. 1) (1,976), The chamber (1,975), Honeymoon (1,955), The Firm (1,937), Cross (1,905), Twilight (1,898), The Appeal (1,895), Trace (1,887), Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution (1,885), Seabiscuit: An American Legend (1,812), Cold Mountain (1,807), Bleachers (1,754), Marley & Me (1,745)

25 most-reviewed books

The Hunger Games (3537 reviews), Twilight (2446 reviews), The Book Thief (2077 reviews), Catching Fire (1841 reviews), The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (1839 reviews), Mockingjay (1756 reviews), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) (1719 reviews), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (1637 reviews), The Help (1577 reviews), The Giver (1442 reviews), The Road (1404 reviews), The Fault in Our Stars (1397 reviews), The Da Vinci Code (1394 reviews), Divergent (1383 reviews), To Kill a Mockingbird (1352 reviews), The Time Traveler's Wife (1340 reviews), Gone Girl (1324 reviews), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (1315 reviews), The Kite Runner (1306 reviews), Water for Elephants: A Novel (1244 reviews), The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (1242 reviews), Pride and Prejudice (1240 reviews), The Graveyard Book (1182 reviews), The Lightning Thief (1157 reviews), Where the Wild Things Are (1150 reviews)

Top 50 books, by copies (more)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) (89,106), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (75,966), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (74,881), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3) (74,677), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (73,156), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (72,589), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (69,277), The Hobbit (60,705), 1984 (56,014), The Da Vinci Code (55,733), Pride and Prejudice (55,511), To Kill a Mockingbird (53,773), The Catcher in the Rye (52,301), The Great Gatsby (49,503), Twilight (45,122), The Hunger Games (41,421), Animal Farm (40,226), Jane Eyre (40,224), Brave New World (37,598), The Lord of the Rings (37,337), New Moon (35,886), Angels & Demons (35,721), The Fellowship of the Ring (35,279), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (35,034), Fahrenheit 451 (34,964), Wuthering Heights (34,490), Life of Pi (34,171), Lord of the Flies (33,944), Eclipse (32,928), The Odyssey (32,561), The Time Traveler's Wife (32,551), One Hundred Years of Solitude (32,291), Slaughterhouse-Five (32,220), The Two Towers (31,524), The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (31,492), Catching Fire (30,725), The Return of the King (30,404), Crime and Punishment (30,083), Ender's Game (30,060), Breaking Dawn (29,863), Catch-22 (29,701), Memoirs of a Geisha (29,143), The Lovely Bones (28,794), The Book Thief (28,646), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (28,276), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (27,874), Mockingjay (27,202), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (27,061), A Game of Thrones (27,052), The Little Prince (26,969)

Top Books by LibraryThing Authors

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, The Martian Chronicles by Marie Jones, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Dan Chaon, Vanity Fair by John Carey, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, 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: A Novel by Lisa See, Naked Lunch by Geerten Meijsing, Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares, The Maze Runner by James Dashner, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction by Chris Regan, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka, The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl, The House of the Seven Gables by Cathy N. Davidson, A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik, Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, Killing Floor by Lee Child, Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner, 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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