May 24, 2011

Books everyone should read

Looking for summer reading suggestions?
Alloway Library's summer book display has over 200 "books that everyone should read" based on this infographic and the raw data behind it.

The list from is the culmination of of over 15 notable book polls, readers' surveys and top 100 lists including both popular and high-brow sources such as Pulitzer Prize winners, Oprah’s Bookclub list, and The Guardian’s Top 100 Books of All Time. A simple frequency analysis on the gathered titles gave them a neat ‘consensus cloud’ visualisation of the most mentioned books titles across the polls.

Alloway Library's display contains over 200 titles including nearly all the top 100 in the consensus cloud supplemented with plenty of other titles that were listed in the various recommendations. The titles range from classics of world literature, children's literature and contemporary works. We threw in a few video and audiobook versions of the "should read" titles too. Contact me for a full list with call numbers or stop by the library  to borrow and book or movie from the display on the main level.

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