The Millions Top Ten: October 2009

November 2, 2009 | 15 books mentioned

We spend plenty of time here on The Millions telling all of you what we’ve been reading, but we are also quite interested in hearing about what you’ve been reading. By looking at our Amazon stats, we can see what books Millions readers have been buying, and we decided it would be fun to use those stats to find out what books have been most popular with our readers in recent months. Below you’ll find our Millions Top Ten list for October.

This
Month
Last
Month
Title On List
1. 1. cover Inherent Vice 3 months
2. 2. cover Zeitoun 4 months
3. 7. cover Cloud Atlas 2 months
4. 3. cover The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 4 months
5. 5. (tie) cover Asterios Polyp 2 months
6. cover The Wild Things 1 month
7. 4. cover The Skating Rink 3 months
8. 10. (tie) cover Imperial 2 months
9. 5. (tie) cover Felonious Jazz 6 months
10. cover Austerlitz 1 month

Dave Eggers lands a second book on our Top Ten with his novelization of the Spike Jonze movie The Wild Things. (Eggers is having similar success on some other distinguished lists.) Here at The Millions, Wild Things was a Most Anticipated book and Emily recent revisited the beloved children’s book that started it all. Also debuting is Austerlitz, the 2001 novel by W.G. Sebald. The book recently landed at #7 in our “Best of the Millennium” series.

We didn’t have any new Hall of Fame inductees this month, and falling off the Top Ten were The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood, The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga, Future Missionaries of America by Matthew Vollmer, and Netherland by Joseph O’Neill.

And, finally, Inherent Vice and Zeitoun hold on to their top positions.

See Also: Last month’s list.

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