Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Ratings Game

On Goodreads, you can sort your books by the number of ratings posted on Goodreads for each book. Of the books I've read since January 2007, these are the ten most often rated, in descending order:

The Road, Cormac McCarthy (40,025 ratings)
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz (19,814)
What Is the What, Dave Eggers (18,301)
Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich (17,990)
Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison (14,629)
All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy (9,619)
Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy (8,095)
The World Without Us, Alan Weisman (7,159)
Fun Home, Alison Bechdel (4,892)
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, Bill Bryson (4,835)

These are the ten least often rated:

Black Cherries, Grace Stone Coates (1 rating—mine)
A Semblance of Justice: St. Louis School Desegregation and Order in Urban America, Daniel J. Monti (1 rating—mine)
The Angel on the Roof, Russell Banks (2)
The Journalist and the Murderer, Janet Malcolm (3)
Swingin' the Dream: Big Band Jazz and the Rebirth of American Culture, Lewis A. Erenberg (4)
Daughters: On Family and Fatherhood, Gerald Early (4)
At the Elbows of My Elders: One Family's Journey toward Civil Rights, Gail Milissa Grant (6)
Return of the "L" Word: A Liberal Vision for the New Century, Douglas S. Massey (7)
Strangers in a Strange Land: Humans in an Urbanizing World, Douglas S. Massey (7) 
Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families, J. Anthony Lukas (8)

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