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2015 Summary - Memorable Books on DorothyL


By Theresa de Valence - Posted on 04 March 2016

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 2015 lists for details.

Well, this year I did a bunch of whining, so I'm pleased to say that we've had a greater number of submitters than last year. For data nerds (like me!) we've had some interesting changes, as you will see in the chart below.

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.

Summary of Best Books from DorothyL for 2015
Total number of Best book titles submitted1375
Number of titles © current year41%557
Number of titles by DL authors9%122
Number of short stories3%36
Number of unique titles76%1041
Number of unique titles by DL authors6%77
Number of unique titles © current year337
Number of unique authors657
Number of unique DL authors50
Books copyright201541%557
201417%238
20138%110
20125%71
20113%43
2000-201014%199
1960-19998%108
1898-19593%39
2016-20171%10
Total DorothyL maillist recipients at time of posting2436
Number DL members who submitted lists5%122
Female submitters82%100
Male submitters18%22
Female submitters read books written by women 61% of the time
Male submitters read books written by men 65% of the time
FemaleMale
Average # books submitted11.98.7
Mode (most common)105
Maximum # books submitted4920
Minimum # books submitted11

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