I might as well start an infographic blog with all the posts I write featuring one.
One of my favorite infographologists (is that even a word?), David McCandless of Information Is Beautiful, has posted a consensus cloud of the Books Everyone Should Read. Basically, he takes the ten most referenced must-read lists, mashes them together, and then uses the same methodology used in tag clouds (check the bottom of my blog to see a tag cloud), and voila… he has this nice piece of info-art that shows the most agreed upon list of books to read.
What I found very interesting was how many titles either were speculative fiction or had fantastical elements to them. I’ve taken the liberty of boxing the titles with science fiction or fantasy elements and posted it below. I’m very pleased to see Ender’s Game, Lord of the Rings, and the Chronicles of Narnia included, though I was kind of surprised Twilight made it. Another surprise was that The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, apparently is the top spec-fic title. All in all, I’m pleased on how well my genre of choice measured up.
What do you think? Any notable omissions?