Books everyone should read: a consensus cloud

Can you come up with a consensus list of books that everyone should read by looking at a bunch of “must read” lists? I don’t know. But, this infographic from Information Is Beautiful makes a worthy attempt.

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Here’s how they came up with the books:

Do Top 100 Books polls and charts agree on a set of classics?  I scraped the results of over 15 notable book polls, readers surveys and top 100’s. Both popular and high-brow. They included all Pulitzer Prize winners, Desert Island Discs choices from recent years, Oprah’s Bookclub list, and, of course, The Guardian’s Top 100 Books of All Time. A  simple frequency analysis on the gathered titles gives us a neat ‘consensus cloud’ visualisation of the most mentioned books titles across the polls. Do you agree with the consensus?

HT Neatorama

About Marc Cortez

Theology Prof and Dean at Western Seminary, husband, father, & blogger, who loves theology, church history, ministry, pop culture, books, and life in general.

Posted on March 21, 2011, in Misc. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. So basically everyone should read To Kill A Mocking Bird?

  2. Well; it is a great book to read! And of course Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy has to be a must read for any philosophy class…and Catch 22 should be required reading for any leadership and pastoral theology / ministry class….

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