2019 with the Gentlemen’s Book Club Year in Books
It’s that time of the year again when we
As we went into the end of year tabulations, our monthly reads were ranked according to the average scores offered immediately after reading. The monthly reads were ranked:
Now that the dust has settled on our Eurovision style voting, we ended up with a clear winner – this year Joseph O’Connor’s stunning ShadowPlay. It was a
There were some winners and losers from our month to month rankings as the following chart shows, mapping the ranked scores from the 12 months against the year-end ranking.
This year we had 3 winners, 5 losers and 3 holders. The top finishing book ‘ShadowPlay’ won both the monthly and yearly tabs. The Uninhabitable Earth was a big winner at the end of the year jumping 4 full places – on recollection, it appears to have struck a chord. Very impressive. The Order of the Day moved from 4 to 2 and Valiant Gentlemen also managed a subtle increase in appreciation at the end of the year. Losers dropped multiple ranks and the Langauge Insti
One factor that we are always conscious of is the fact that the books read earlier in the year have to either be tremendously memorable to battle it out lest they suffer from a more recent familiarity with good reads later in the year that may receive an unintentional bump based on our faltering memories. To try a little exercise in controlling for this I gave some slight weighting +/- up to 25% of point score in the final meeting based on the reading sequence. The results show that at the top end there is no effect. In the bottom there is some shaking up with the Language Instinct getting a good boost as the first read and leaping out of the basement. There is actually a decent shuffling if we weight for memorability. With more winners than losers.
So how did we fare between Fiction and Non-Fiction? In past years, with few exceptions, we tend towards favouring our Non-Fiction reads. We generally have chosen a Fiction best read of the year, then ranked our Non-Fiction reads consistently higher than fictional ones. This year we gave two fictional reads our top votes and we consistently rated fiction higher than
Finally, all but two members managed to have at least one recommendation accepted for reading by the club. The results for reactions to recommendations are as follows:
DK recommended 1 book with an average of 5.19/book
And on the reading front, we have average scores for each reader with the two outliers removed. So, who ranks high, and who ranks low? By the way, the average score by the club on aggregate
DK gives an average score of 6.2