HBO has emerged victorious among an auction of seventeen bidders vying for the film and television rights to Brit Bennett’s bestselling novel, The Vanishing Half. HBO will pay a seven-figure sum for the rights to the novel and Bennett herself will be developing it into a limited series.
Each week, Bookstr scans bestseller lists across the Internet to learn what people are reading, buying, gifting, and talking about most — just so we can ensure consistent, high quality recommendations. This week’s nonfiction picks are self development picks to improve your quality of life! Dig in and enjoy!
5. ‘How to be bawse’ by Lilly Singh
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How To Be Bawse by Lilly Singh offers her advice on success and shares what she learned on her way to internet superstardom. Her tips are both conventional (things like “say what you mean”) and unconventional (“be the dumbest person” in the room — aka, learn from those who are smart than you).
4. ‘Presence’ by Amy Cuddy
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Presence by Amy Cuddy shows how to get the best of those stressful situations without doing a lot of life-changing and soul-searching. Instead, she delves into research about how things like body language, posture, and other mind-body techniques can banish the butterflies from our stomachs.
3. ‘Deep work’ by Cal Newport
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Deep Work by Cal Newport, a professor of Georgetown, outlines the benefit of really tuning out all distractions, and gives four rules to help re-wire yourself so you can deeply focus again. (Check now: How many browser tabs do you have open?)
2. ‘creativity inc.’ by ed Catmull
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Creativity INC. by Ed Catmull tells of the process of creativity and inspiration through the eyes of Pixar. People think of Pixar as a company that creates great art — and it is — but it’s also a business. One of the co-founders of the animation studio goes into the company’s nerve center to show how Pixar’s leadership and management styles protect and nourish its creative output. Whether you’re a Woody or a Buzz, you can learn something about heading up a team from Pixar’s unique organizational structure.
1. ‘the little book of hygge’ by meik wiking
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The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking is all about the cozy Danish philosophy of hygge. But what exactly is it again, apart from being, well, cozy? And how do you achieve it at home in your chaotic, not-all-that-cozy life? Meik Wiking demystifies it all, showing how light, food and drink, and togetherness can make for a happier home.
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According to Publisher’s Weekly, Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi won big at last night’s 24th annual Audie Awards. Held in Manhattan, the awards recognize outstanding audiobooks and spoken-word entertainment. Children of Blood and Bone is the debut novel from young author Tomi Adeyemi, and it depicts the story of a young woman called Zélie Adebola who leads her clan of maji against a brutally oppressive regime. A popular YA fantasy novel, the book the first in a highly-anticipated series and has already climbed the ranks of The New York Times’ bestseller list. The audiobook’s narrator is Bahni Turpin, known for her roles in Malcolm X and Cold Case Files.
The book took home the award for Top Audiobook of the Year, a well deserved win for such a striking debut. Other highlights of the evening included Edoardo Ballerini winning Best Male Narrator for his narration of Watchers by Dean Koontz, Julia Whelan taking home Best Female Narrator for Educated by Tara Westover, and Richard Armitage nabbing Best Audio Drama for The Martian Invasion of Earth by HG Wells.
Tomi Adeyemi and Bahni Turpin are no doubt very pleased with their win. We look forward to seeing more entries in this series!
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After analyzing the the New York Times Bestseller Lists from 2008 to 2016, a team of researchers at Northeastern University in Boston have discovered what makes a book a bestseller. If you want to become a bestselling author, read on to find out what you need to keep in mind.
General fiction and biographies are more likely to make the bestseller list than other genres. Additionally, books that have a higher initial spot on the list are more likely stay on the list for a longer amount of time. Although fiction sells more copies than nonfiction, nonfiction books are more likely to maintain their bestseller status once they make it onto the list. However, fiction authors are more likely to make it onto the list with subsequent books than nonfiction authors are. This is mostly because many fiction bestsellers tend to be smaller parts of larger, successful series, but the study also shows that nonfiction authors who write in a similar way, focusing on the same themes for each of their books, tend to have more bestsellers.
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Sales within the first ten weeks of a book’s release are particularly important as they predict the book’s long-term success. Holidays are also important since they influence the sales and relative success of books in comparison to the rest of the market, although increased sales do make it more difficult for any one book to stand out.
In regards to gender, bestselling romance novels are more likely to be written by women. The researchers could not find any gender gap for bestselling fiction authors, but nonfiction bestsellers are more likely to be written by men.
So if you are trying to write the next “Great American Novel,” remember to make it part of a series, release it around the holidays, really push those sales for the first ten weeks and maybe your book will be the next to reach the top of the New York Times Bestseller List. And if you would like to know more about the research, you can check it out here on Science Daily.
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An avid reader, Bill Gates doesn’t hesitate to share his favorite reads with the literary community, having recently shared his top five books of 2017. The new year brings new favorites, however, and the billionaire business giant announced his all-time favorite book that every reader should indulge in.
Bill Gates’ newest favorite read is Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress written by Harvard Psychology Professor and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Steven Pinker.
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The New York Times bestseller examines the history and progression of the human condition around the world, ultimately arguing that the ideals of Enlightenment (i.e. reason and science) can enhance human success.
Gates described the core purpose of Pinker’s book, stating, “Enlightenment Now takes the approach he uses in Better Angels to track violence throughout history and applies it to 15 different measures of progress (like quality of life, knowledge, and safety). The result is a holistic picture of how and why the world is getting better.”
Gates had the opportunity to sit down with the author and discuss his arguments and findings, which you can check out below.
Though Enlightenment Now hasn’t hit shelves yet (it will be released on February 27, 2018) Gates was able to secure an early copy and found himself intrigued by meticulous yet straightforward exploration of each of the fifteen measures of progress that Pinker discusses.
“He manages to share a ton of information in a way that’s compelling, memorable, and easy to digest,” Gates said.
If the study of enlightenment and its connection to human progression sounds daunting and boring, don’t dismiss it just yet. As Gates notes, there are plenty of interesting facts to take away from Enlightenment Now, having shared his own five favorite facts from the book that, “show how the world is improving.” Here they are, in Gates’ words:
- You’re 37 times less likely to be killed by a bolt of lightning than you were at the turn of the century—and that’s not because there are fewer thunderstorms today. It’s because we have better weather prediction capabilities, improved safety education, and more people living in cities.
- Time spent doing laundry fell from 11.5 hours a week in 1920 to an hour and a half in 2014. This might sound trivial in the grand scheme of progress. But the rise of the washing machine has improved quality of life by freeing up time for people—mostly women—to enjoy other pursuits. That time represents nearly half a day every week that could be used for everything from binge-watching Ozark or reading a book to starting a new business.
- You’re way less likely to die on the job. Every year, 5,000 people die from occupational accidents in the U.S. But in 1929—when our population was less than two-fifths the size it is today—20,000 people died on the job. People back then viewed deadly workplace accidents as part of the cost of doing business. Today, we know better, and we’ve engineered ways to build things without putting nearly as many lives at risk.
- The global average IQ score is rising by about 3 IQ points every decade. Kids’ brains are developing more fully thanks to improved nutrition and a cleaner environment. Pinker also credits more analytical thinking in and out of the classroom. Think about how many symbols you interpret every time you check your phone’s home screen or look at a subway map. Our world today encourages abstract thought from a young age, and it’s making us smarter.
- War is illegal. This idea seems obvious. But before the creation of the United Nations in 1945, no institution had the power to stop countries from going to war with each other. Although there have been some exceptions, the threat of international sanctions and intervention has proven to be an effective deterrent to wars between nations.
If those facts don’t shock or interest you, then maybe Gates’ high opinion of it will be enough to make you contemplate reading Enlightenment Now.
“I’m glad we have brilliant thinkers like Steven Pinker to help us see the big picture,” Gates wrote. “Enlightenment Now is not only the best book Pinker’s ever written. It’s my new favorite book of all time.”
Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress will be released on February 27th and is available for pre-order now on Amazon.
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