Books Everyone Should Read

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?


About EDC

EDC is an award-winning author with a passion for telling imaginative stories resonating with universal truths. His latest novel, Runaway, is a futuristic action/adventure inspired by the book of Philemon. EDC was born in Georgia, growing up in the suburbs of Atlanta, where he now lives with his wife, Amy, and daughter, Emma. Besides writing and being employed as an analyst in the airline industry, he has worked as a volunteer with youth, church planting, and Compassion International. He enjoys landscape gardening, listening to alternative rock, and playing the swordfight game on Wii Sports Resort.
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