Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | March 29, 2011

Have you read these?

Have you ever looked at all the different lists of “books everyone should read”?  There are some choices that seem consistent over time, but no two lists are exactly alike.

Recently, David McCandless of the website  took a look at this everlasting conundrum, and did a little research.

He explains, “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.”

Then he created this Wordle, which I hope you find as interesting as I do.  The size of the entry indicates how many times it was found on the various lists.  So take a look and see what you think:  are these the “books everyone should read”?  What would you add to the list?  Subtract?   Leave us a comment with your own opinion.  (Click on image to see larger version.)
                             —-Mary Beth


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