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2016 Summary - Memorable Books on DorothyL


By Theresa de Valence - Posted on 13 March 2017

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 2016 lists for details.

Well, this year not only did I do a bunch of whining but I was joined by Laurie Brown, a nagger par excellence, 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, take a look at the 2007 Summary.

Summary of Best Books from DorothyL for 2016
Total number of Best book titles submitted1603
Number of titles © current year41%653
Number of titles by DL authors11%183
Number of short stories1%15
Number of unique titles72%1158
Number of unique titles by DL authors6%89
Number of unique titles © current year379
Number of unique authors718
Number of unique DL authors56
Books copyright201641%653
201519%312
20147%119
20135%81
20123%54
20113%45
2000-201012%187
1960-19996%103
1817-19593%47
20170%2
Total DorothyL maillist recipients at time of posting2374
Number DL members who submitted lists6%131
Female submitters84%110
Male submitters16%21
Female submitters read books written by women 62% of the time
Male submitters read books written by men 63% of the time
FemaleMale
Average # books submitted12.010.0
Mode (most common)101
Maximum # books submitted7644
Minimum # books submitted11

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