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2012 The Long Tail – Memorable Books on DorothyL


By Theresa de Valence - Posted on 16 February 2013

From December through mid-January, readers of DorothyL listserv posted their favourite books read (for the first time) during the prior year to the DorothyL list, see the 2012 lists for details.

Of the 1628 titles listed as memorable reads, 1131 (69%) were unique, meaning that only 31% of the book titles that were submitted were also submitted by someone else. Most of us read (and like) very different books, as the long tail suggests.

I was curious about how many times a book title was cited (by quantity), so I did some counts. In the table below, the first column is the quantity of cites a given book received, the second column is the number of times that quantity was cited, e.g. The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny had 19 citations as a memorable book and a book with 19 citations occurred only once versus 910 times a memorable book was cited once.

No. of CitesNo. of Times Cited
1910
2123
341
420
510
66
79
83
93
102
110
121
130
140
150
160
170
181
191