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1,429 books · 300 voters · list created July 31st, 2009 by Diane (votes) .
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Diane 11021 books
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Leila 467 books
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Bettie 15588 books
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads 3229 books
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Greyweather 2660 books
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Lynda 19795 books
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Ricki 4252 books
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Jan C 6841 books
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message 1: by Booklovinglady (last edited Oct 19, 2015 07:15AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Books with a three words title like Investigating the Paranormal (#38) or The Arabian Nights (#64) shouldn't be on this list.... And if a book does have a longer title than given in a certain edition, then please, do pick the edition where the longer title is mentioned (which is quite easy, just type in the ISBN).

@Diane
Maybe the description should mention a minimum for the number of words in a title?


message 2: by Daniel (new)

Daniel ^ Yes! on a lesser note, I take exception to titles with colons, which clearly indicate a subtitle. I don't think they should be excluded, but they should be considered with sufficient prejudice.


message 3: by Melanti (new)

Melanti Booklovinglady wrote: "Books with a three words title like Investigating the Paranormal (#38) or The Arabian Nights (#64) shouldn't be on this list.... And if a book does have a longer title ..."

The problem is that once someone removes duplicates, it can change which edition is listed to the most popular edition, and which is often a shortened version of the title. And once that happens, there's no way to go back to the edition the voters meant to vote on.


But, I agree, a 3 word title like Investigating the Paranormal barely qualifies as "long", let alone "really long". Looks like a case of someone trying to do some marketing.


message 4: by Booklovinglady (last edited Sep 06, 2017 10:19PM) (new)

Booklovinglady Melanti wrote: "The problem is that once someone removes duplicates, it can change which edition is listed to the most popular edition..."

You're absolutely right, I completely forgot about this, even though I have encountered the problem myself (I've made Listopia's with titles translated into Dutch, and had noticed the, very annoying, change into English titles).


message 5: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Booklovinglady wrote: "Maybe the description should mention a minimum for the number of words in a title?"

I agree! What does the list creator think? I vote for 6 words at a minimum.


message 7: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart I'm not sure if Diane is going to weigh in. We could do it by consensus? Surely I think less than 5 words shouldn't count, but there are some books voted for here with only 4 word titles.


message 8: by Booklovinglady (last edited May 02, 2018 10:31PM) (new)

Booklovinglady Rainbowheart wrote: "I'm not sure if Diane is going to weigh in. We could do it by consensus? Surely I think less than 5 words shouldn't count, but there are some books voted for here with only 4 word titles."

I fully agree with your proposal of 'less than 5 words shouldn't count' :-) Also, subtitles/straplines (anything after a colon really) shouldn't be included, I think... But that's just my opinion.


message 9: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl Daniel wrote: "^ Yes! on a lesser note, I take exception to titles with colons, which clearly indicate a subtitle. I don't think they should be excluded, but they should be considered with sufficient prejudice."

Agreed. Six words minimum, post colon material to be judged on its own merits.


message 10: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl Does anyone know a good way to check for duplicates? I checked the book page of Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals and I don't see this list linked from the default edition, so I'm guessing I could add it, but I'm not sure....


message 11: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited May 06, 2018 03:18PM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads A librarian can do it.

ETA: I combined duplicates, but there was nothing to combine.


message 12: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl Ok, I decided to go for it and change the description. Ok?


message 13: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl Also deleted Arabian Nights and a couple of others that obviously aren't don't have well-known subtitles or whatever.

Would like to delete Lamb, Longitude, Wicked, and the Harry Potter books because they violate the intended spirit of the list. What do you think?

I wanted to say 'six meaningful words' or something like that, because many of these have 'and' and 'the' paddings.... I'm also thinking that, because of those 'padding' words, maybe six words isn't a high enough limit...?


message 14: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Removed spam books by Lynessa Layne. Four word and two word titles, not qualifying for this list.


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