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By Theresa de Valence - Posted on 06 March 2016

Readers of DorothyL listserv posted memorable books read for the first time in 2015, see 2015 Summary for more information.

Of the 1375 titles listed as memorable reads, 1041 (80%) were unique, meaning that 20% of the book titles submitted were also submitted by someone else. This is more unique books than last year proving that 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 Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny had 18 citations as a memorable book and a book with 18 citations occurred only once on the list versus 871 times a memorable book was cited once.

No. Cites of the bookNo. Times No. cites
1871
2101
338
410
58
64
74
92
102
181

Here are the data graphed: