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2018 Summary - Memorable Books on DorothyL


By Theresa de Valence - Posted on 24 March 2019

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 2018 lists for details.

This year had fewer participants, a drop slightly higher than 4%. I suppose we weren't nagging well enough!

Also this year we received quite a few recommendations for titles other than crime fiction. Those titles are listed in a separate "non crime fiction" list. Non crime fiction titles are NOT included in the totals.

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 2018
Total number of Best book titles submitted1167
Total number of crime fiction (CF) titles1127
Number of CF titles © current year44%492
Number of CF titles by DL authors1%8
Number of short stories1%9
Number of unique CF titles79%893
Number of unique CF titles by DL authors1%7
Number of unique CF titles © current year312
Number of unique CF authors596
Number of unique DL CF authors6
Books copyright201844%492
201722%244
20167%81
20153%38
20143%29
20132%21
20122%26
20112%23
2000-20109%101
1960-19997%81
1844-19593%29
20190%2
Total DorothyL maillist recipients at time of posting2099
Number DL members who submitted lists3%71
Female submitters86%61
Male submitters14%10
Female submitters read books written by women 60% of the time
Male submitters read books written by men 66% of the time
FemaleMale
Average # books submitted16.718.0
Mode (most common)1010
Maximum # books submitted11950
Minimum # books submitted18

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