Friday Reads: Nabokov’s Favorite Word is Mauve

Considering that Ben Blatt’s book Nabokov’s Favorite Word Is Mauve: What the Numbers Reveal About the Classics, Bestsellers, and Our Own Writing is as much about statistical analysis as it is about literature, I’ve been pretty engaged with it since the very first chapter. I like the idea behind this book, that Blatt is putting writing advice to the test using actual data compiled from classics, bestsellers, and fan fiction. And Nabokov’s Favorite Word Is Mauve gets really specific with the data, too. Interested in knowing how many exclamation points your favourite authors use per 100,000 words? This book will tell you. Want to learn about the most clichéd books or discover which writers tend to mention the weather in the first sentence? This is the book for you. Even if you don’t care about any of that I would be surprised if something in this book didn’t pique your interest.

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