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2019 The Long Tail - Memorable Books on DorothyL

By Theresa de Valence - Posted on 29 March 2020

Readers of DorothyL listserv posted memorable books read for the first time in 2019, see 2019 Summary for more information.

Of the 1122 titles listed as memorable crime fiction reads, 815 (73%) were unique, meaning that only 27% of the book titles submitted were also submitted by someone else. The unique titles are (again) 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 citations a given book received, the second column is the number of times that quantity was cited, e.g. The Long Call by Ann Cleeves had 16 citations as a memorable book and a book with 16 citations occurred only three times on the list versus 674 times a memorable book was cited once.

No. Cites of the BookNo. Times No. Cites

Here are the data graphed: