Consensus Cloud on Books Everyone Should Read

Should Twilight be among the books that everyone should read? It is according to this infographic by David McCandless of great books (according to popular surveys):

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?

You can view a much larger version of this image at the link. My wife (a big reader) and I were just discussing this cloud, and she suggests that the list be narrowed to To Kill a Mockingbird and Nineteen Eighty-Four -- and to add King Lear, though it is not a novel. What would you add or remove from this cloud?

Link via GeekDad

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Looks like that same old list of books that people who like to look like they're educated like to boast they've read.
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The Law
A tiny book written by a Frenchman, Fredrick Basitat, around Abe Lincoln's time. If this doesn't teach the real reasoning behind politics I don't know what does. Not until I read that did I fully understand it. Eye awakening in the truth of it. It is amazing they had the time to discuss all this stuff in such clarity way back when.
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Call of the Wild needs to be there. But I was happy to see quite a few unexpected, yet deserving titles like Middlesex, A Prayer for Owen Meany and A Confederacy of Dunces.
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