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By Theresa de Valence - Posted on 28 March 2020

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 2019 lists for details.

This year had more participants than last year, an increase of 27%; thanks mostly to the perseverence of Laurie Brown, as well as the cheers from many DL members. Sadly, we have a decreasing number of crime fiction titles though.

Again this year we received quite a few recommendations for titles other than crime fiction. In past years we have included some of these titles amongst crime fiction favourites but as the volume of non-crime fiction submitted titles has increased, we are now sequestering those titles listed by library sources as something other than crime fiction. Those titles are listed in a separate "non crime fiction" list. Non crime fiction titles are NOT otherwise included in the subsequent sheets.

In 2007, I also asked a number of questions of submitters. If you're as curious as I was about the people who made up the DorothyL member list, take a look at the 2007 Summary.

Summary of Best Books from DorothyL for 2019
Total number of Best book titles submitted1179
Total number of crime fiction (CF) titles1122
Total number of CF titles © current year46%511
Number of CF titles by DL authors4%47
Number of short stories1%11
Number of unique CF titles73%815
Number of unique CF titles by DL authors3%32
Number of unique CF titles © current year26%287
Number of unique CF authors50%565
Number of unique DL CF authors1%16
Books copyright201946%511
201820%229
20178%85
20164%49
20153%30
20142%27
20132%20
20121%16
20111%13
2000-20106%63
1960-19993%36
1859-19593%35
Next year20201%8
Total DorothyL maillist recipients at time of posting2009
Number DL members who submitted lists4.5%90
Increase (decrease) from last year0.27
Female submitters85.6%77
Male submitters14.4%13
Female submitters read books written by women 64.1% of the time
Male submitters read books written by men 61.5% of the time
FemaleMale
Average # books submitted1413.1
Mode (most common)1010
Maximum # books submitted3750
Minimum # books submitted11

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