The Millions Top Ten: April 2009

May 3, 2009 | 8 books mentioned 2 min read

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 April, and we’ll be updating the list in our sidebar each month.

  Title On List
1. 1. cover Sister Bernadette’s Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences 3 months
2. 2. cover 2666 4 months
3. 3. cover The Rejection Collection: Cartoons You Never Saw, and Never Will See, in The New Yorker 2 months
4. 4. cover Celine Dion’s Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste 2 months
5. 5. cover Olive Kitteridge 3 months
6. 7. (tie) cover The Dud Avocado 4 months
7. 7. (tie) cover Knockemstiff 2 months
8. cover Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned 1 month
9. 9. cover A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again 4 months
10. (tie) cover The Savage Detectives 2 months
10. (tie) cover The Lazarus Project 1 month

We have two debuts on our list this month. Aleksandar Hemon’s The Lazarus Project and Wells Tower’s Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned. Max wrote about the former in connection with his Tournament of Books judging duties in March and wrote up the latter late last month. Anne also wrote about Lazarus late last year.

Meanwhile, Roberto Bolaño’s The Savage Detectives returns to the list after initially appearing on our inaugural list and then disappearing.

The top-five books in April remained unchanged from March, with Sister Bernadette still putting in a strong showing on the continued popularity of Garth’s Presidential sentence diagramming post.

Disappearing from the list this month are two standout works of contemporary fiction, Infinite Jest and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

Let us know if you’ve been reading any of our “top ten” books. We’d love to hear about it.

See also: Last month’s list.

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