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.