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2014 The Long Tail - Memorable Books on DorothyL


By Theresa de Valence - Posted on 28 March 2015

Readers of DorothyL listserv posted memorable books read for the first time in 2014, see 2014 Summary for more information.

Of the 1108 titles listed as memorable reads, 851 (77%) were unique, meaning that only 23% 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 analysed 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. The Long Way Home by Louise Penny had 17 citations as a memorable book and a book with 17 citations occurred only once on the list versus 723 times a memorable book was cited once.

No. Cites of the bookNo. Times No. cites
1723
280
324
410
52
63
74
82
122
171

Here are the data graphed: