Yes, Novle. Like Wordle except with novels – and thank you, yes I am rather pleased with the name. Basically, every day you get a new novel title to guess. You’ll get some minimal clues courtesy of Goodreads, along with a hint as to the structure of the title and then you’re on your own.

The hint is given as a series of dots and dashes interspersed with punctuation. The dots represent words of three letters or under, while the dashes represent words of four letters or over. If you guess one of the words in the hint, the dot or dash gets replaced by that word. If the title consists of a single word, then each letter will be represented by a single short dash.

You get six goes and then that’s it. You can also use one of your goes to guess the author if you think that might help.

Today's book was written in 1884 and has 64582 ratings on Goodreads, with an average of 3.81.


  • Is there a change history page? I am so glad you asked that because now there is!
  • Is there a title history page? Amazingly, there is now one of those too!
  • Why is it so difficult? Well, I guess the answer to that is that whereas with Wordle you have a choice of 26 options for each slot, in this one you have a near-infinite number of words. (And yes, I realise that “near-infinite” makes no sense mathematically.)
  • Why is it so easy? OK clever clogs, how would you feel if I added a hard mode, in which the hint didn’t update with each guess? I quite fancy doing this, but I’d be interested to hear what you think.
  • How did you program it? I basically used the standard reverse mullet model – JavaScript party at the front, PHP business at the back.
  • Yes, but why WordPress? Because my site runs on WordPress is the simple answer. Didn’t make things easy, though.
  • What took you so long? Hasn’t the bandwagon rolled out of town already? Probably, but I was writing a book at the time. Sorry.
  • Have you done any other games like this? Yes! Politicle, for politics nerds.
  • As a writer, how could you go within a thousand miles of Goodreads? Oh come on, I love Goodreads. I love getting reviews, even if they’re terrible. At least I know I’m not being ignored.
  • How can I reward you for providing me with so many hours of entertainment? Honestly, if you want to do anything, send a few quid to Ukraine via the Disasters Emergency Committee. Their need is way greater than mine.
  • But if I really want to? OK, buy one of my books then. More details here.
  • Would you entertain an offer from the New York Times? Of course I would. Are you mad?
  • How about The Daily Mail? Yes, but I should warn you that I would be obliged to give, very publicly, 10% of my fee to the most woke charitable organisation that I could find.
  • What about The Sun? Oh, FFS. Just don’t.