Books With a Goodreads Average Rating of Over 4.5

To root out, with your help, the highest rated books on Goodreads. Please only include books with at least 100 ratings. Not all of these may be ones you yourself rate highly, but think it could be an interesting list.

NOTE: Please do not include layman-unfriendly textbooks or collections (box sets/complete works/collector's editions) where the individual books do not score as highly - this could skew the list.

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Average Rating of Over 4.5 and with at least 100 ratings
Average Rating of 4.3 and above with at least 1000 ratings
Average Rating of 4.2 and above with at least 1000 ratings
Average Rating of 4.0 and above with at least 1000 ratings
Average Rating of 3.69 and below
Average Rating below 3.6
Average Rating of 3.0 and below with at least 100 ratings
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message 141: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Dee People, please! There seem to be a lot of books on here with a lower than 4.5 average rating... some with a rating of less than 4!

And authors - if your book has only one rating, and that rating is from you - don't be cheeky! That's not what this list is about and you know it!

And for the last time - no boxsets!

So...let's tidy this up a bit and have some pride in our list!

I thank you.


message 140: by Neil (new)

Neil You're right, Melissa; I was going to add one, but it wouldn't want to be seen in this company!


message 139: by Susana (new)

Susana I was looking out for a list like this one, but I think it's not worth adding books with less than, say, 100 ratings. Is there any way you can create a query on Goodreads with certain criteria, instead of creating a list from scratch? Does anyone know?


message 138: by Neil (new)

Neil i've tried it. Everybody cheats! Particularly publishers.


message 137: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Apr 14, 2012 08:42PM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Several very good books miss by only .01! That's cutting it close.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Susanna wrote: "Several very good books miss by only .01! That's cutting it close."

Yes, I noticed the same thing ... :(


message 135: by Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) (last edited Apr 19, 2012 07:30AM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Melissa wrote: "People, please! There seem to be a lot of books on here with a lower than 4.5 average rating... some with a rating of less than 4!

And authors - if your book has only one rating, and that rating is from you - don't be cheeky! That's not what this list is about and you know it!

And for the last time - no boxsets!

So...let's tidy this up a bit and have some pride in our list!

I thank you."


Deleted:
Ireland-now the good news: the best of "Bread" Vols.1 & 2, 1990-1993 (only 1 rating, the author's own ... who also added it to this list)
The Heaven Tree Trilogy ("complete set" of Pargeter's Heaven Tree novels)
Vampire Academy Box Set


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Susana wrote: "I was looking out for a list like this one, but I think it's not worth adding books with less than, say, 100 ratings. Is there any way you can create a query on Goodreads with certain criteria, instead of creating a list from scratch? Does anyone know?"

Not in the search function included in the lists feature itself, but you can open up another browser window for your own bookshelves and sort those by criteria such as "number of ratings" and "average rating."

Melissa: Is there a certain minimum number of ratings you'd like to see? If so, you could include it in the list description and we could at least TRY to weed out the non-compliant books every so often ...


message 133: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Apr 19, 2012 01:28PM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Tiger's Quest (# 16) seems to be just under in rating - 4.46. Should I remove it?

ETA: Several on the list are currently less than a 4.5 rating. Should they be removed?


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Susanna wrote: "Tiger's Quest (# 16) seems to be just under in rating - 4.46. Should I remove it?

ETA: Several on the list are currently less than a 4.5 rating. Should they be removed?"


I'd be all for that -- several of those books were only added within the last couple of hours, incidentally, if I'm not wrong. Looks like this is a list to be closely monitored, at least for the time being!


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed, for average ratings below 4.5:

Unbroken, by Lauren Hillenbrand
Clockwork Prince, by Cassandra Clare
Fiji, by Lance Morcan
The Journey is the Destination, by Dan Eldon
Tiger's Quest, by Colleen Houck
Offbeat Love Stories and More, by Jennifer Lafferty
Neverdark, by C.S. Einfeld
Control Switch On, by Ira Teller
Richard Halliburton's Complete Book of Marvels, by Richard Halliburton (I added it when it was 4.5, now it's 4.49! LOL)
Assam and Darjeeling, by T.M. Camp
The Twin Prophecies, by Nina Perez
Danger Danger, by Gerry McCullough
Hell is the Absence of God, by Ted Chiang
Saved by Cake, by Marian Keyes
Elemental, by Kim Richardson
Dark City: The Film Noir, by Spencer Selby


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Susanna wrote: "Removed, for average ratings below 4.5:

Unbroken, by Lauren Hillenbrand
Clockwork Prince, by Cassandra Clare
Fiji, by Lance Morcan
The Journey is the Destination, by Dan Eldon
Tiger's Quest, by Co..."


Susanna, that sounds like an awful lot of work! On behalf of those who care, thanks for taking the time ...


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads No problem.

The way GR lists the average rating right next to the title on the list made this pruning fairly easy!


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) True -- a lot easier than it used to be, at least where things like ratings are concerned!


message 127: by Kara (new)

Kara Removed from list: Blue Lights and Long Nights (rating: 4.44) and Scanners Live in Vain (rating: 4.49).


message 126: by Kara (new)

Kara Removed from list Obsidian (rating: 4.44) and I Woke Up In Love This Morning (rating: 3.50).


message 125: by Mina (new)

Mina Why the first book is one with a lower-than-4.5 rate?


message 123: by Miquixote (new)

Miquixote Great list, but I think you should only include books with say at least 100 reviews...otherwise it isn't very indicative of much.


message 122: by Anthyq (new)

Anthyq I agree with Miquixote above, and would even raise it to 200 ratings, IMHO. There seem to be quite a few books with 10 or fewer ratings, which isn't a good gage of how a book would do normally.

Heck, I voted for an older, not-very-well-known children's book with 32 ratings, and I'd be ok with it being nixed. Even though I loved it, I gotta admit that it probably wouldn't be as well-rated if more people weighed in.


message 121: by Susana (new)

Susana Miquixote wrote: "Great list, but I think you should only include books with say at least 100 reviews...otherwise it isn't very indicative of much."

Exactly what I proposed on April 12th, to no effect until now...


message 120: by Stan (last edited Aug 23, 2012 12:01PM) (new)

Stan Law For a number of reasons, some listed above, Goodreads ratings are not worth much. They might help sell books, but they have little if any integrity. Stars without a review are totally meaningless.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Deleted Foster Fox: A 10,000 Lakes Tale : ZERO GR ratings and sole book voted onto this list by its own author (who has also added it to a large number of other lists recently, regardless whether in keeping with the list description or not, and in several cases while at the same time also adding a self-promotional message in the comments section soliciting reviews).


message 118: by Miquixote (new)

Miquixote removed for falling below 4.5:

life and fate
roots of the cypress
taash and the jesters
if this is a man/the truce


message 117: by Rags (new)

Rags some of the books have very low number of ratings . i think only books which have been rated more than 500 should be included


message 116: by Kara (last edited Oct 15, 2012 06:53AM) (new)

Kara Librarians can only remove books which do not fit the category. Because of this, we will only remove books which are not over 4.5--we will have to leave the ones with few ratings because the category doesn't specify that a book has to have a certain number of ratings. To do anything else would be to risk losing librarian status.


Removed for falling below 4.5:
The Whore and Her Mother (rating: 4.40)
PA Exposé (rating: 3.80)
Chocolate for Breakfast (rating 4.30)
The Magic Penny (rating 4.33)
Grande Sertão: Veredas (rating 4.49)
Jackie Leven Said (rating 4.29)


message 115: by Katrina (new)

Katrina Removed for falling below 4.5:
Tiger's Destiny by Colleen Houck (rating 4.49)


message 114: by Cary (new)

Cary Great idea for a list and glad to see it's being curated, so to speak! (If you want help, I'm happy to chip in too.)

Honest, I think 100 ratings it too low a threshold. It's not all too difficult to mount a campaign to up-vote a book with so few ratings. If you want to stay in statistically solid territory I'd say at least 500 ratings is a good threshold.

I'd also recommend putting the threshold in the list description. I know some people will still ignore it or simply not notice it, but it would help a little.


message 112: by Ben (new)

Ben I was going to add The Complete Shakespeare to my list, but I see the directions say we shouldn't include Complete/collected Works. I guess this should be deleted, along with Jane Austen's complete novels.


message 111: by Liz (new)

Liz Thank you so much for keeping this up- I really appreciate this list. And it does help to include books with at least 100 ratings IMO and delete those collections or box sets that keep popping up. I am always looking for ways to find the best books to spend my limited time reading. I have some gems that don't make the "at least" 100 ratings cut-off and others like "The Little Prince" or Mary Oliver's latest poems that don't quite make the 4.5 cut-off, but no rating system is perfect. Keep up the good work!


message 110: by Liz (new)

Liz Looking through the list with the desire to add books to my "to read" list, I was disheartened to see SO many with fewer than '25'! ratings. And I don't think you mean to include the Bible or the Book of Mormon which are collections of books actually. So those were not helpful to me. However, as I said, this is a great list and I will keep coming back to it for gems I might find!


message 109: by Cary (new)

Cary I compiled a list of the books currently on the list with less than 100 ratings:

1106 Grand Boulevard
99 Percent Perspiration: A Frazz Collection
A Wee Taste A' Craic
Ad Nomad
Amanda's Rib
Animal Magnet
Apart From Love
Best of All Possible Worlds
Bloomsday: The Bostoniad
Blues For The Prince (Carney Wilde #2)
Bold as Brass: My Story
Brother Wolf: A Forgotten Promise
Bunsen: un cómic de ciencia y chocolate
Carol Vorderman's Detox Recipes
Classical Chinese Poetry: An Anthology
Comic Book History of Comics
Cruel Cuts (Daniel "Sticks" Hetrick Murder Mysteries #2)
Diamondback
Die Manns: Ein Jahrhundertroman
Dorrie and the Witch Doctor (Dorrie the Little Witch #5)
Dorrie's Play (Dorrie the Little Witch #3)
Dostoevsky: A Writer in His Time
El libro de la imaginación
Eye to Eye: Intimate Encounters with the Animal World
Fallen Superheroes
Fergus and the Snow Deer
Firefly: A Celebration
First, I Love You
Following Richard Brautigan
For the Beauty of the Earth: A Novel
Frazz 3.1416
Frazz: Live from Bryson Elementary (Frazz)
Girl Genius, vol 11: Agatha Heterodyne and the Hammerless Bell (Girl Genius #11)
Hank Shank VIII
Homebodies
Hot & Spicy: De La Cruz Saga
How To Be A Party Girl
In All My Sad Dreaming
Jephtha and his Daughter
Kinuko Craft: Drawings & Paintings
Land of Midnight Days
Last Words of Notable People: Final Words of More Than 3500 Noteworthy People Throughout History
Leben der anderen: Filmbuch
Loriot's kleiner Opernführer
Loriots Großer Ratgeber
Lysis/Phaedrus/Symposium: Plato on Homosexuality (Great Books in Philosophy)
Meditation on Space-Time
Miami Spy Games: Russian Zombie Gun, Episode 5 (Miami Spy Games #5)
Miami Spy Games: Russian Zombie Gun, Part Four (Miami Spy Games #4)
Miami Spy Games: Russian Zombie Gun, Part One
Miami Spy Games: Russian Zombie Gun, Part Three (Miami Spy Games #3)
Miami Spy Games: Russian Zombie Gun, Part Two (Miami Spy Games #2)
More Deaths Than One
Nick Knight
Origami Tessellations: Awe-Inspiring Geometric Designs
Pierre Et Gilles: The Complete Works, 1976-1996
Post
Shadow Man
Shadows of the Realm
Shakespeare: An Oxford Guide
Spectrum 18: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art
Summer With Monika
Sämtliche Werke und Briefe
Teaser and the Firecat
The Beatles Complete Chord Songbook
The Bird Day Battalion
The Changeling
The Coming Storm
The Eclectic Abecedarium
The Golden Sky
The Good Girls
The Greatest Speeches Of President John F. Kennedy
The Heat of the Moment: Inspired by the Heroes of the 2007 San Diego Wildfires
The Ice Cream Cone Coot, And Other Rare Birds
The Impostor, A Love Story
The Jungle Of Peril (Puzzle Master)
The Little Stormdancer (The Lotus War #1.5)
The Lost Queen of Egypt
The Moon Coin (Moon Realm #1)
The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, Volume II: The Short Stories
The Orphan Factory
The Planet Of Terror (Gamebook)
The Spell of Zalanon: The Anti-Cats
The Steward
The Symbolon (The Sibylline Trilogy #2)
The Undertow of Small Town Dreams: Stories of Currie Valley
There's Corpses Everywhere: Yet Another Liō Collection (Liō #3)
Transmetropolitan: I Hate It Here
Travel guide to the haunted Mid-Atlantic region
Underwater Dogs
William Shakespeare: A Textual Companion
Window To Her Soul (Eyes of Innocence #3)
With His Dying Breath
Write with Fire: Thoughts on the Craft of Writing
Xoxo Hayden


message 108: by Liz (new)

Liz WOW Cary. Goes to show that not many books really stand the test of time- over time. Without checking, I have voted for one of them...However, I have several books that are on my "read" list that I gave 5 stars but they are still below 100 ratings so I didn't add them. Until or unless these are removed we will have to be more careful when choosing books.


message 107: by Cary (new)

Cary Indeed. It's quite easy to move the average rating of a book with less than a 100 ratings. A modest lobbying of one's friends could certainly do it. In fact I think 100 is too low a threshold from a statistical standpoint. However making it 500 or something like that would keep a lot of books that really (probably) are good off the list.

This also shows that it's not difficult to go through this list, identify and remove these books. I made that list in perhaps 30-40 minutes.


message 106: by Liz (new)

Liz As Kara explained in a comment in October, the category says the list is about ratings, not number of ratings or we lose "library" status. So I guess each person must decide for themselves whether a book merits a "to read."


message 105: by Lou (new)

Lou Rocama There's a similar list to this for books of at least 4.2 with 1000 ratings. Interesting to compare.
http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/24...


message 104: by Richard (last edited Dec 27, 2012 08:09PM) (new)

Richard Due I see that my book, THE MOON COIN, has been added to this list. I completely understand the more than x argument. So, before I'm voted off the island, I just want to say, as an Indie Author, with only 84 ratings at present, it's really exciting to be represented. :D

THE MOON COIN won a gold medal in the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards this Fall, but that doesn't always translate quickly into ratings or sales. For books not published by one of the 6 Goliath Book Corporations, things usually happen in slow motion.


message 103: by Tony (new)

Tony The complete works of Shakespeare and Jane Austin should both be removed as per the original guidelines of no complete works of authors or box sets.


message 102: by Kara (new)

Kara Wow, this list really gets out of hand when no one looks at it. It's important to note that I did NOT remove books with fewer than x ratings as that would be against Goodreads policy.

Removed
Darkest Powers Trilogy - individual books do not score as highly (per original guidelines)
The Orphan Factory - 4.48 rating
Onyx - 4.49 rating
The Complete Works- individual books do not score as highly (per original guidelines)
The Complete Novels of Jane Austen
The Steward - 4.39 rating
Southern Mystical Moments - 4.40 rating
The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, Volume III: The Novels
The Good Girls - 4.32 rating
Angels and Arrows - 4.14 rating
Reflection of Secrets - 4.42 rating
Saga, Vol. 1 - 4.49 rating
On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen - 4.49 rating
Ashes of Honor - 4.48 rating
Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies: A Facsimile of the First Folio, 1623 - individual books do not score as highly (per original guidelines)
Bold as Brass: My Story - 4.47 rating
Hope Against Hope - 4.49 rating
The Eclectic Abecedarium - 4.49 rating
Loriots Großer Ratgeber - 4.45 rating
The Bird King and Other Sketches - 4.48 rating


Left because I wasn't 100% positive
Collected Fictions
Classical Chinese Poetry: An Anthology
The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, Volume I: The Short Stories
The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, Volume II: The Short Stories
The Collected Poems, 1956-1998
The Complete Poetry
Robert Smithson: The Collected WritingsCollected Works
New Collected Poems
Before Sunrise & Before Sunset: Two Screenplays
The Bloom County Library, Vol. 3: 1984-1986
The Feynman Lectures on Physics


message 101: by Lou (new)

Lou Rocama A couple of those were mine; obviously I need to check the ratings more often.

Feynman is also one of mine. I added it because it's fairly layman friendly, has quite a few ratings, and the individual volumes rate as high or higher than the collected works. Nor is it a textbook.


message 100: by Kara (new)

Kara Makes sense--that's why I left Feynman in.


message 99: by Lou (new)

Lou Rocama Cheers.
The moon coin's dropped to 4.47. I took my vote off, but there's four more,so you might work your magic on it.


message 98: by Kara (new)

Kara Removed. :)


message 97: by [deleted user] (new)

Pretty sure The Authoritative Calvin And Hobbes is a collection of works and not a single title.


message 96: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell It is interesting to compare this list to http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/24... which sets the threshold at 4.2 but requires a minimum of 1000 ratings.


message 95: by Amy (new)

Amy Rae I'm not sure if other people have noticed this, but there are books on here that have, say, 2 ratings, which brings the average up to 4.75. On top of that, there are books that have THOUSANDS of ratings, and still maintain a 4.5 rating.

Obviously, the books with fewer ratings may not be of the same standard as some of the other titles on this list. After all, what is a more reliable statistic - 2 ratings, or 20,000?


message 94: by Zeta_comics (new)

Zeta_comics Sadly Toda Mafalda should be removed as it is a collection of all the series's strips. Maybe Mafalda 9 could be added, but it has 10% of the other book's ratings


message 93: by Ashlee (new)

Ashlee Burke Yeah so many on here with like 3 ratings -_- does anyone moderate this anymore?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I don't believe there was a suggestion of a minimum number of ratings for books on this list.


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