There is no shortage of books set in San Francisco, nor of the lists that compile and classify these books. These critically written lists usually include classics like “The Maltese Falcon”, “Tales of the City”, as well as more recent bestsellers like “The Joy Luck Club” and “The Circle”.
But beyond review lists, now there’s another way to find San Francisco-based books: crowdsourcing data. The Chronicle collected and analyzed data from Goodreads on hundreds of San Francisco-based books to see which books receive the most reviews and are the highest rated. While many old standbys appear in the data, there are also a few funny surprises. Goodreads is a book recommendation and cataloging website, where users follow, rate, and review books. The site has over 130 million users worldwide and includes the most widely published books in its database.