The Millions Top Ten: May 2009

June 1, 2009 | 8 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 May, and we update 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 4 months
2. 2. cover 2666 5 months
3. 3. cover The Rejection Collection: Cartoons You Never Saw, and Never Will See, in The New Yorker 3 months
4. 5. cover Olive Kitteridge 4 months
5. 6. cover The Dud Avocado 5 months
6. 4. cover Celine Dion’s Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste 3 months
7. cover Infinite Jest 3 months
8. 7. cover Knockemstiff 3 months
9. cover Felonious Jazz 1 month
10. cover The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao 3 months

We had one new arrival on our list for May and two titles that returned. Readers were curious enough to try out Bryan Gilmer’s Felonious Jazz after he wrote about his experiments with pricing the ebook version of the novel. Returning to our list after a one month hiatus are two classics of contemporary literature, Infinite Jest and The Brief Wondrous Live of Oscar Wao. Departing from our list are Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, The Lazarus Project, A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, and The Savage Detectives.

Also notable is the continued strength of Olive Kitteridge, which appears to have many fans among Millions readers. If you’ve been reading any of the books mentioned above, we’d love to hear about it in the comments.

See also: Last month’s list.

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