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2013 The Long Tail - Memorable Books on DorothyL


By Theresa de Valence - Posted on 28 February 2014

Readers of DorothyL listserv posted memorable books read for the first time in 2013, see 2013 Summary for more information.

Of the 1784 titles listed as memorable reads, 1183 (66%) were unique, meaning that only 34% 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've repeated the analysis done last year to determine how many times a book title was cited (by quantity). 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. How The Light Gets In by Louise Penny had 36 citations as a memorable book and a book with 36 citations occurred only once on the list versus 946 times a memorable book was cited once.

No. Cites of the Book No. Times No. Cites
1946
2128
347
428
59
67
75
82
114
143
181
241
271
361



Here are the data graphed, click on the image to enlarge, browser Back button to close.