The Bestseller Code by Jodie Archer and Matthew L. Jockers


Originally published in: 2016

What it’s about: The authors use text mining and and a fine-tuned algorithm to identify commonalities between chart topping bestsellers and help predict whether or not a book is likely to reach that status.

What made me pick it up: It’s never too early to start prepping for NaNoWriMo, right?

My favorite things: The authors explain complicated research and results in a very accessible way, pointing out the shared characteristics of many bestselling books with seemingly little in common. I appreciated the detailed breakdowns of exactly what made each book successful-it’s fascinating to learn which themes, plot structures, and emotional roller-coasters are most likely to top the charts.

Who it’s great for: Avid readers and aspiring authors of bestsellers. Readers interested in why bestsellers and award winners aren’t always the same books.

Abby’s rating: three-and-a-half-shells

Want a copy? Find one at Amazon (affiliate link) or see if it’s available at a library near you.

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