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2017 Summary - Memorable Books on DorothyL


By Theresa de Valence - Posted on 29 March 2018

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 2017 lists for details.

This year many people were stymied by the state of our world, so we had less participation than usual. You will note a few changes in the way women and men responded; more noticable that our usual year-to-year changes.

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 2017
Total number of Best book titles submitted1349
Number of titles © current year40%536
Number of titles by DL authors10%135
Number of short stories1%16
Number of unique titles73%988
Number of unique titles by DL authors7%88
Number of unique titles © current year306
Number of unique authors635
Number of unique DL authors50
Books copyright201740%536
201619%252
20157%99
20146%77
20134%48
20123%36
20113%34
2000-20109%120
1960-19997%97
1818-19593%45
20180%5
Total DorothyL maillist recipients at time of posting2252
Number DL members who submitted lists4%96
Female submitters84%81
Male submitters16%15
Female submitters read books written by women 59% of the time
Male submitters read books written by men 66% of the time
FemaleMale
Average # books submitted13.716.0
Mode (most common)1110
Maximum # books submitted4853
Minimum # books submitted15

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