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2014 Summary - Memorable Books on DorothyL


By Theresa de Valence - Posted on 28 March 2015

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. The summary of submissions is below, see the 2014 lists for details.

Well, this year we had ONLY HALF (56%) our usual number of submitters (next year we’ll have to go back to our whining ways, I’m afraid) but we recorded 75% of the former book titles. Interestingly, this year we recorded 81% of the prior unique authors. Most surprising of all, this year we had 851 (44%) reports of books copyright 2014, which was 303 unique titles. Last year we had 847 (46%) reports of books copyright 2013, which was 388 unique titles. So, plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose!

In 2007, I also asked a number of questions of submitters. If you're as curious as I was about the people who make up the DorothyL member list, look at the 2007 Summary.

Total number of Best book titles submitted1108
Number of titles © current year44.0%487
Number of titles by DL authors10.9%121
Number of short stories0.6%7
Number of unique titles851
Number of unique titles by DL authors88
Number of unique titles © current year303
Number of unique authors606
Number of unique DL authors53
Books copyright201444.0%487
201317.1%190
20127.1%79
20115.0%55
20103.8%42
2000-200912.1%134
1960-19997.9%87
1872-19592.4%27
20150.6%7
Total DorothyL maillist recipients at time of posting2543
Number DL members who submitted lists2.9%73
Female submitters84.9%62
Male submitters15.1%11
Female submitters read books written by women 59.2% of the time
Male submitters read books written by men 59.9% of the time
FemaleMale
Average # books submitted13.624
Mode (most common)1018
Maximum # books submitted58111
Minimum # books submitted23

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