Most Owned Un-Reviewed Books
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I can't say that I'm all that enthusiastic about provoking reviews.
I see a lot of so-called reviews that seem to have been entered just so there would be something in that space. I can't say that I want to encourage the proliferation of less than one sentence long reviews such as Simply a classic., One of my all-time favorite books, not appealing to me , The great American novel, and the like. (All these are actual full "reviews" on this site.)
You have a point; I was visualizing something with more content than that. One can but dream ...
If there was a way to attract their LT inner circles attention...
Also over 500 members with no review in my library: The Visit by Friedrich Dürrenmatt (538) and The Art of Rhetoric by Aristotle (515).
What do other people have in their library?
Knitting on the Edge with 765 owners.
Hunh. Never would have expected this one.
Knitting Around by Elizabeth Zimmerman - 591 members.
Surprised again; EZ's books are among the most highly thought of knitting books, so why hasn't anyone written a review??
So at this point it is Marlfox by Brain Jacques, which is pretty surprising.
I haven't seen anything over 800.
I don't have the Zimmerman book mentioned by staffordcastle in #13. But my next is another by Nicky Epstein, Knitting Over The Edge (575 copies, no reviews, 83 ratings averaging 4.12 stars)
The Story of Civilization, Vol. 6 The Reformation by Will Durant (484 copies, no reviews, 20 ratings averaging 3.88 stars)
The Story of Civilization, Vol. 5 The Renaissance by Will Durant (478 copies, no reviews, 20 ratings averaging 3.84 stars)
Iacoca: An Autobiography by Lee Iacocca (456 copies, no reviews, 54 ratings averaging 3.54 stars)
The Story of Civilization, Vol. 8 The Age of Louis XIV by Will and Ariel Durant (429 copies, no reviews, 18 ratings averaging 3.94 stars)
The Story of Civilization, Vol. 11 The Age of Napoleon by Will and Ariel Durant (387 copies, no reviews, 22 ratings averaging 4.11 stars)
The Americans: Vol. I The Colonial Experience by Daniel Boorstin (356 copies, no reviews, 29 ratings averaging 3.88 stars)
The Americans: Vol. III The Democratic Experience by Daniel Boorstin (328 copies, no reviews, 27 ratings averaging 3.93 stars)
What conclusions can be drawn from this?
1) Knitters are apparently too busy knitting, and have no time (or patience) for reviews.
2) Many people acquire The Story of Civilization because they believe they “should” read it; once acquired, they find it too daunting to read any volume in its entirety (although browsing a single chapter can be quite enjoyable).
3) Nonfiction history readers would rather read than review?
Nice summary, oregonobsessionz! ;-)
5> I wonder how much questionable data this will generate in the wild pursuit to get data into the CT?
The Myth of the Eternal Return: Or, Cosmos and History with 423 copies, The Ophiuchi Hotline with 415 copies, Greek Tragedies, Vol. I with 412 copies, all with no reviews, and on p.19 there was The Birth of Tragedy and The Case of Wagner with 392 copies, and on p.20 there was T.S. Eliot: Selected Poems with 348 copies and no reviews. After p.20 (representing the "most popular" 400 books out of my current 1,805), the review-less titles started coming about 3/page (including ones that surprised me like a Carlos Castaneda book and Lenny Bruce's classic How to Talk Dirty and Influence People!).
Ha! In order to review Castaneda, one would have to admit to reading him in the first place!
I have all his books, and have reviewed the ones I've read in the past five years or so. Maybe I should pick up a set of his early books (which I read back in highschool) for a re-read and a series of reviews!
The Exile and the Kingdom by Albert Camus (874)
Marlfox by Brian Jacques (779)
Knitting on the Edge (765)
The Damnation Game by Clive Barker (741)
Irish Fairy and Folk Tales by W. B. Yeats (715)
Does anyone have an un-reviewed book with more than 900 owners?
I would definitely like to be able to sort my library according to number of reviews. Gotta love statistics that almost sorta kinda mean something. :-)
So at this point a book with less than 874 owners and better than 43 reviews would be very unusual.
I have to be careful not to get obsessed with statistics that almost sorta kinda mean something. :-)
On Chesil Beach:Ian McEwan:2607:127:4.9%
Special Topics in Calamity Physics:Marisha Pessl:2853:141:4.9%
The Road:Cormac McCarthy:7503:381:5.1%
Nineteen Minutes:Jodi Picoult:3013:153:5.1%
Water for Elephants:Sara Gruen:6567:338:5.1%
The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel:Diane Setterfield:4943:286:5.8%
Breaking Dawn:Stephenie Meyer:4437:259:5.8%
The Book Thief:Markus Zusak:5445:339:6.2%
These books would seem to have invoked a greater number of people to review them.
This data required a significant amount of tweaking to get, so its accuracy is little more than a very good guess.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix:J. K. Rowling:33304:240:0.7%
The Unbearable Lightness of Being:Milan Kundera:7991:57:0.7%
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban:J. K. Rowling:32362:230:0.7%
The Scarlet Letter:Nathaniel Hawthorne:9602:68:0.7%
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire:J. K. Rowling:32135:223:0.7%
The Silmarillion:J. R. R. Tolkien:10602:72:0.7%
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets:J. K. Rowling:32604:221:0.7%
The Fellowship of the Ring:J. R. R. Tolkien:14169:82:0.6%
The Return of the King:J. R. R. Tolkien12615:62:0.5%
There are many books with lower percents, I just couldn't cleanly get the data off the Z pages.
In addition, the Z pages are definitely out of date.
On Chesil Beach,Ian McEwan
Special Topics in Calamity Physics,Marisha Pessl
The Road,Cormac McCarthy
Nineteen Minutes,Jodi Picoult
Water for Elephants,Sara Gruen
The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel,Diane Setterfield
The Book Thief,Markus Zusak
I haven't seen if these the reviews are positive or negative. But either way a higher percent of people find the books worthy of comment. Of this list I had never heard of 5 of these books. I am not the most worldly person but I certianly don't live under a rock.
As to the ultb (with or without the tag.) with reviews that would be an interesting number to be sure. I believe, I have review of 4 of my 15 ultbs.