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Memorable Books of 2014 on DorothyL

By Theresa de Valence - Posted on 28 March 2015

From December through mid-January, readers of DorothyL listserv posted their favourite books read (for the first time) during 2014 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 (third year as Allocator), Patty Andersen (sixth year as Indefatigable Sharpie(IS) and she did double duty), Laurie Brown (third year as IS), Silvia Hoisie (sixth year as IS), Bonnie Riley (sixth year as IS). Our volunteer data checkers were Patty Andersen, Cathy Chatham, Jeff Cohen, Kay Lancaster, Mary Last, Jenny Milchman, Doris Ann Norris, Meredith Phillips, Lelia Taylor, and Elizabeth Whittemore. Please forgive me if I forgot someone. 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.