#BestsellerCode100: Challenge To Read 100 Novels From The Bestseller Code

We are launching an exciting new challenge.  Let’s read through the list of 100 bestsellers picked by the computer model described in The Bestseller Code by Jodie Archer and Matthew L. Jockers (Review in a previous post).

After sorting through 20,000 novels from the last few decades, Archer and Jockers used their computer model to pick 100 books that are the best of the potential bestsellers. The list contains novels from a mix of genres. Many you will recognize, some you may not. Currently you can see book numbers 100 through 90 at the 100 Book List link in the navigation bar.

Why participate?

  • Challenge yourself to read books of different genres
  • Discover new favorites from a list of seasoned authors, many of whom have series or multiple published titles (more books for your TBR pile)
  • Find out how your tastes compare with the computer model
  • Explore the novels that are the best of the bestsellers (according to the computer model)
  • Learn what it takes to write a bestseller in a variety of genres by reading them critically
  • Share writing tips and insights

How to participate:

Check with the 100 Book List tab in the navigation bar at the top of the blog for our reading list and links to all the discussions.

We’re starting with number 100 on the list, which is Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane. Pick up a copy and read it over the next two weeks. If you have a blog and want to do so, post your thoughts. On November 7 we’ll publish a post to start the conversation and to gather links (now published). No blog? No worries. We’ll have plenty of ways for you to join in. Also, during the week your host Karen will discuss the featured title from the reader’s perspective and host Roberta will take on the writer’s perspective.

Don’t worry if you’re doing NaNoWriMo or can’t get to the book in two weeks. Pour a cup of your favorite beverage and stop by any time.

Find the conversation on social media:  We’ll be using #BestsellerCode100 on Twitter, discussing at The Bestseller Code 100 Facebook Group and posting to The Bestseller Code 100 Pinterest Page.


Join us every other Monday for a new book from The Bestseller Code 100.


  1. Toady

    This sounds fantastic! Of course my first response is to jump on board. I might have to, but I have to consider my other reading commitments. Shutter Island was already on my TBR. Hmmm.
    Let me see what I can do.

    • Roberta


      We hope you join us. One of the advantages of this list is that you’ve probably either read or have wanted to read a good portion of the novels. Plus they are easy to find.

  2. Brona

    I would be keen to join in when you read the Orphan Master’s Son. It taunts me from my TBR pile but I suspect it will be easier to get through if I read it with others 🙂

    • Roberta

      Great! We’ll start reading Orphan Master’s Son on March 27, 2017 (I just updated the calendar). Feel free to jump into the discussion on any books that interest you.

  3. Emma @ Words And Peace

    hmm, didn’t know about this book, just requested it from my library. Too late for me to join, and I have lots of other reading projects going one, but I’m going to look closer at the books you have read so far

    • Roberta

      No worries, just jump in when you want. We’re using it to read outside our comfort zone and also to explore what bestselling books are all about.

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