Bibliophiles looking for a summer reading challenge may want to return to this book list from the 08-16-2019 Scout Report to see how many of the 276 titles they can tackle this season.
Are you a book lover who prefers to eschew the best seller lists and seek out books that nobody else has heard of? If so, this interactive data visualization from The Pudding may be for you. Here, visitors will find The Pudding's creatively named Hipster Summer Reading List 2019, a project that was artisanally crafted by analyzing over 100 million checkout records from the Seattle Public Library to find fiction books that have not been checked out in over a decade. As visitors scroll down the stack of 276 little-read books, which are by default organized alphabetically by title, a menu on the left appears with options to filter and sort the books by vintage (i.e. publication date) and by obscurity. Choosing a title from the stack yields a popup graphic with an image of the book's cover (when available), a link to its Goodreads rating (if it has one), and a link to its WorldCat entry so readers can see what libraries near them have it. Published in June 2019, this project was created by Russell Goldenberg and Amber Thomas, who are, respectively, an editor and a senior journalist-engineer at The Pudding.