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Memorable Books of 2011 on DorothyL

By Theresa de Valence - Posted on 07 December 2011

From December through mid-January, readers of DorothyL listserv posted their favourite books read (for the first time) during 2011 to the DorothyL list.

Our volunteer Allocator read all DL posts and forwarded relevant emails to our volunteer processors (fondly known as Sharpies), each of whom copied, cleaned and pasted data from those emails into an Excel spreadsheet which they then forwarded to me. I did some more data cleansing, and then sent out a cry to the list for volunteers to verify data (copyright dates and titles of books) which had been submitted.

A great deal of the research was done using Stop You're Killing Me (an exceptional resource for mystery buffs), Fantastic Fiction, WorldCat library catalogue and other online sites.

From the final data, I created pivot tables which produced the information included in the attached reports. Many thanks to this year's volunteers.