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Memorable Books of 2015 on DorothyL


By Theresa de Valence - Posted on 06 March 2016

From December through mid February, readers of DorothyL listserv posted their favourite books read (for the first time) during 2015 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, 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 (fourth year as Allocator), Patty Andersen (seventh year as Indefatigable Sharpie(IS)), Laurie Brown (fourth year as IS), Silvia Hoisie (seventh year as IS), Bonnie Riley (seventh year as IS). Our volunteer data checkers were Sandra Kisner and Lynn Demsky. Jenny Milchman and Don Coffin helped verify who is a DorothyL author. 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 information in the pages linked to this one below.

It turns out that we missed a few recommendations, mea culpa! If you discover that (some of) your recommendations didn’t make it to the lists, use the contact form above (or my DL email) or post to DL. In that email, list your books which weren’t included in the published lists. I’ll be making a couple of sheets of errata. (Not redoing the entire lists mind, just adding a couple more).

Check here for some prior Best/Memorable booklists.