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Zeitgeist Books

Top 25 books by rating

Queen Elizabeth's Wardrobe Unlock'd (4.96), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles (4.89), The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (4.88), Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions -- A Reader's Edition of the Book of Concord (4.88), The Apostolic Fathers: Greek Texts and English Translations (4.88), 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 (4.86), The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook: More Than 200 Fibers, from Animal to Spun Yarn (4.84), Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking (4.84), The Oxford English Dictionary (4.82), Ignatius Catholic Study Bible: New Testament (4.82), Walking with God through Pain and Suffering (4.8), The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation (4.8), Oeuvres complètes, tome 1 (4.8), Toda Mafalda (4.8), The Absolute Sandman Volume Four (4.8), 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 Oxford Illustrated Jane Austen (Six Volume Set) (4.78), Digger: The Complete Omnibus Edition (4.77), The ESV Study Bible (4.77), A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns (4.77), What Do You Do With a Chance? (4.77), Under the North Star (4.77)

Bottom 25 books by rating

Wild Animus (1.52), Dianetics (1.79), Tris & Izzie (1.87), The Late Great Planet Earth (2.02), Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later (2.08), The Gnostic Mystery (2.14), The Birthing House (2.17), Powers: A Novel (2.2), The Beginners (2.23), Baldur's Gate (2.24), The Boy on the Bus: A Novel (2.24), The Juliette Society (2.26), Ten Days in the Hills (2.35), Son of Rosemary (2.36), Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession (2.37), The Grave Gourmet (2.38), The Glamorous (Double) Life of Isabel Bookbinder: A Novel (2.38), Return to the stars (2.38), Citizen Girl (2.38), One Night at the Call Center: A Novel (2.38), Black box (2.38), Necronomicon Spellbook (2.38), The Other Woman's Shoes (2.38), The Cream Train (2.39), 4 Blondes (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 (1.89), Book of Mormon/Doctrine and Covenants/Pearl of Great Price (Triple) (1.83), The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ (1.81), The Turner Diaries: A Novel (1.56), The Holy Bible, King James Version (LDS Edition) (1.55), Twilight / New Moon / Eclipse (1.54), To Train Up A Child (1.54), The Koran (1.47), Created to be His Help Meet (1.47), Worlds in Collision (1.47), The Late Great Planet Earth (1.47), Dianetics (1.45), My Man Michael (1.44), Natural Cures "They" Don't Want You To Know About (1.44), Love & Misadventure (1.43), Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga [box set] (1.43), Fifty Shades of Grey (1.42), The Fifth Sorceress (1.42), The Boy Who Sneaks In My Bedroom Window (1.42), Darwin's Black Box (1.41), Taking Chances (1.41), The Message: The New Testament in Contemporary Language (1.4), Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy (1.4), Asterix and the Falling Sky (1.4), Mein Kampf (1.4)

50 top wanted

The most wanted books across the 5 swap sites LibraryThing integrates with. Number is the difference between "wanted" and "available."
House of Leaves (1,787), Infinite Jest (1,779), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) (1,595), Where the Crawdads Sing (1,582), The Book Thief (1,553), The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (1,538), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (1,361), Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking (1,311), In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto (1,229), PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives (1,221), Outliers: The Story of Success (1,179), Educated: A Memoir (1,166), Thinking, Fast and Slow (1,134), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (1,129), Written in My Own Heart's Blood (1,073), The Graveyard Book (1,058), Little Fires Everywhere (1,040), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1,038), Slaughterhouse-Five (1,018), All the Light We Cannot See (1,013), The Name of the Wind (1,010), The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1,008), Kafka on the Shore (980), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (973), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (970), The Road (953), The Handmaid's Tale (922), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (921), The Dutch House (912), Mastering the Art of French Cooking Volume 1 (900), 1984 (898), The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business (892), Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex (886), A Gentleman in Moscow (881), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (879), Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (876), We Have Always Lived in the Castle (865), A People's History of the United States (862), An Echo in the Bone (859), Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End (839), The Hunger Games (831), Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (815), Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats (798), Norwegian Wood (797), Cloud Atlas (795), Before We Were Yours (795), Fight Club (792), God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything (791), The Great Alone (774), The Goldfinch (765)

50 least wanted

Same as above, but counting "available" copies minus "wanted."
The Da Vinci Code (1,432), Angels & Demons (1,016), The Street Lawyer (784), The Runaway Jury (739), The King of Torts (729), The Brethren (724), The Testament (723), A Painted House (721), The Broker (714), The Partner (707), Digital Fortress (706), The Summons (697), Deception Point (685), The Last Juror (639), The Rainmaker (618), The Chamber (600), Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (592), The Innocent Man (512), The Client (511), A Time to Kill (500), The Pelican Brief (500), Trace (473), Cross (465), The Memory Keeper's Daughter (464), Skipping Christmas (460), The Lovely Bones (453), The Appeal (451), The Horse Whisperer (449), The Purpose Driven Life (447), The Firm (443), Honeymoon (442), The Pilot's Wife (439), The Nanny Diaries (437), Playing for Pizza (421), Seabiscuit: An American Legend (413), Blow Fly (412), Bleachers (411), State of Fear (411), Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution (403), Marley & Me (392), Two Little Girls in Blue (378), The Devil Wears Prada (374), Mary, Mary (364), Predator (363), Point of Origin (362), The Notebook (360), From Potter's Field (358), Nights in Rodanthe (354), Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days (353), Prey (350)

25 most-reviewed books

The Hunger Games (3854 reviews), Twilight (2593 reviews), The Book Thief (2333 reviews), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) (2134 reviews), Catching Fire (2006 reviews), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (1967 reviews), Mockingjay (1947 reviews), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (1799 reviews), The Help (1687 reviews), The Giver (1642 reviews), The Fault in Our Stars (1635 reviews), Gone Girl (1599 reviews), Divergent (1597 reviews), To Kill a Mockingbird (1586 reviews), The Road (1523 reviews), The Da Vinci Code (1511 reviews), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (1458 reviews), The Time Traveler's Wife (1442 reviews), Pride and Prejudice (1428 reviews), The Kite Runner (1423 reviews), Where the Wild Things Are (1412 reviews), The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (1357 reviews), The Graveyard Book (1343 reviews), 1984 (1341 reviews), The Lightning Thief (1327 reviews)

Top 50 books, by copies (more)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) (103,175), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (86,598), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (84,910), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (83,300), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (81,607), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (81,562), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (77,760), The Hobbit (72,061), 1984 (63,885), Pride and Prejudice (62,916), To Kill a Mockingbird (61,754), The Da Vinci Code (60,542), The Catcher in the Rye (57,954), The Great Gatsby (56,368), Twilight (48,832), The Hunger Games (48,543), Jane Eyre (46,152), Animal Farm (45,513), The Kite Runner (44,693), Brave New World (42,720), The Lord of the Rings (41,430), The Fellowship of the Ring (40,920), Fahrenheit 451 (40,700), Wuthering Heights (39,265), The Odyssey (39,065), Angels & Demons (38,999), New Moon (38,958), Lord of the Flies (38,745), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (38,129), Life of Pi (37,291), The Two Towers (36,464), Catching Fire (36,414), One Hundred Years of Solitude (36,047), Slaughterhouse-Five (36,017), Eclipse (35,445), The Return of The King (35,256), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (35,211), The Time Traveler's Wife (34,899), Crime and Punishment (34,445), The Book Thief (33,990), Ender's Game (33,665), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (33,350), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia) (33,226), Catch-22 (33,183), Breaking Dawn (33,092), Mockingjay (32,655), The Little Prince (32,384), A Game of Thrones (32,230), Memoirs of a Geisha (31,661), The Handmaid's Tale (31,486)

Top Books by LibraryThing Authors

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, Looking for Alaska by John Green, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Dan Chaon, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Room by Manon Smits, My Ántonia by Terese Svoboda, Bleak House by Tatiana Holway, Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon, The Maze Runner by James Dashner, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Katherine Shonk, Utopia by Warren Kirk Crady, 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, The House of the Seven Gables by Cathy N. Davidson, America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction by Chris Regan, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl, Killing Floor by Lee Child, His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik, 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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