Survey Says: 100 Books You Must Read

From The Guardian:

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?

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3 Responses to Survey Says: 100 Books You Must Read

  1. Dad says:

    Excuse my ignorance, but can a rank-ordering be ascertained by either font size or position in the cloud? If so, the “To Kill A Mockingbird” is #1. Really? OK, I’ll revise my list and put it on it, somewhere.

  2. Dad says:

    OK, no clear information on the site, but the PDF is neat-looking, but not worth $14.50. Free would be good.

  3. Joel says:

    For my part, the graphic isn’t going to do much to alter my book buying/reading choices. It’s an interesting mix of vox populi (e.g. library records, Good Reads, LibraryThing) and voices of authority (e.g. Pulitzer Prize committee). It’s the former that makes me wary, because that’s what places Twilight on the same level as Vanity Fair and Great Expectations. Still, it looks pretty cool.

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