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2017 The Long Tail - Memorable Books on DorothyL


By Theresa de Valence - Posted on 31 March 2018

Readers of DorothyL listserv posted memorable books read for the first time in 2017, see 2017 Summary for more information.

Of the 1349 titles listed as memorable reads, 988 (73%) were unique, meaning that 27% of the book titles submitted were also submitted by someone else. This a similar percentage to last year, proving that most of us read (and like) very different books, as the long tail suggests. Funny how we're all so interested in recommendations from other DLers!

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. Glass Houses by Louise Penny had 17 citations as a memorable book and a book with 17 citations occurred only once on the list versus 813 times a memorable book was cited once.

No. Cites of the bookNo. Times No. Cites
1813
2104
334
411
59
67
74
81
91
101
111
121
171



Here are the data graphed: