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Memorable Books of 2013 on DorothyL


By Theresa de Valence - Posted on 27 February 2014

From December through mid-January, readers of DorothyL listserv posted their favourite books read (for the first time) during 2013 to the DorothyL list.

Our volunteer Allocator read all DL posts and forwarded relevant emails to our volunteer processors (fondly known as Indefatigable 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 submitted data (copyright dates, ISBN numbers, titles of books and authors).

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, Wikipedia and other online sites.

Except for my part, the lion's share of the work was done by Nicola Davis (second year as Allocator), Patty Andersen (fifth year as Indefatigable Sharpie(IS) and she did double duty), Dave Bennett (fifth year as IS), Laurie Brown (second year as IS), Silvia Hoisie (fifth year as IS), Anne Lawrence (first year as IS), Bonnie Riley (fifth year as IS), and Penny Tuttle (fourth year as IS). Our volunteer data checkers were Patty Andersen, Pat Brown, Margit Curtright, Jim Huang, Sandra Kisner, Jane Jorgenson, Kay Lancaster, Jane Londerville, Liz Rose. Liz, Margit and Sandra did double and treble duty. If you think the gang did a good job, send one person one book. It could be a book which you really enjoyed reading, a new book, or one of your own books.

From the final data, I created pivot tables which produced the following information.

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Always amazes me how much work goes into this list, and I am annually grateful to you for doing it. Thanks to you and everyone who pitched in.

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Thanks, Jeff. We aim to please :)

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