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By Theresa de Valence - Posted on 24 March 2019

Readers of DorothyL listserv posted memorable books read for the first time in 2018, see 2018 Summary for more information.

Of the 1127 titles listed as memorable crime fiction reads, 893 (79%) were unique, meaning that 21% of the book titles submitted were also submitted by someone else. The unique titles are a higher percentage than last year, emphasising 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. The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey had 12 citations as a memorable book and a book with 12 citations occurred only twice on the list versus 796 times a memorable book was cited once.

No. Cites of the BookNo. Times No. Cites
1796
289
329
47
54
61
74
122

Here are the data graphed: