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Some of you may have seen this literary flowchart, constructed by SF Signal using data from NPR’s listeners (including me), when it was first published in 2011. Because our neurons occasionally fizz, pop, and call it quits when we try to figure out what we want to read next (it happens to the best of us), this remains an excellent tool to put us back on the path to reading enjoyment. Naturally, many more novels have been published since but these are pretty solid choices from which to start your search. Check out the full story (and access the interactive features) here. Many thanks to Sabra for bringing it to my attention!

“Update 2: As Neil Gaiman so astutely pointed out, the novel Stardust, unlike the movie, contains no pirates. Turns out he’s an authority on the subject. This egregious error has been corrected and we’d love to appeal @neilhimself‘s ruling of this being not quite the greatest flowchart in human history.” Best update ever. I hope he relented.