The Millions Top Ten: June 2009

July 2, 2009 | 6 books mentioned 5 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 June, the list is also in our sidebar.

  Title On List
1. 1. cover Sister Bernadette’s Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences 5 months
2. 2. cover 2666 6 months
3. 4. cover Olive Kitteridge 5 months
4. 6. cover Celine Dion’s Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste 4 months
5. 7. cover Infinite Jest 4 months
6. 3. cover The Rejection Collection: Cartoons You Never Saw, and Never Will See, in The New Yorker 4 months
7. 10. cover The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao 4 months
8. 5. cover The Dud Avocado 6 months
9. 8. cover Knockemstiff 4 months
10. (tie) 9. cover Felonious Jazz 2 months
10. (tie) cover The Savage Detectives 2 months

As summer set in, the titles on our list stayed mostly static. Roberto Bolaño’s The Savage Detectives returns to the list. Meanwhile, David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest is seeing some interest, probably from folks wanting to participate in Infinite Summer, a TMN sponsored group read of the book. Junot Díaz’s Oscar Wao may be getting a boost from its inclusion in the higher reaches of our Prizewinners list last month. Finally, Olive Kitteridge continues to be a favorite among Millions readers, and Sister Bernadette’s Barking Dog is still at the top thanks to the enduring interest in Garth’s essay on the grammatical proclivities of our current president. Look for some changes to the list in the coming months as an impressive slate of new titles hits bookstores.

Have you been reading any of the books on our Top Ten list? Let us know what you think of them.

See also: Last month’s list.

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  1. I read Olive Kitteridge a few weeks ago and found it be a beautiful and moving book. It really caught me by surprise.

  2. Reading Olive Kitteridge next week, can't wait. I wonder what the ratio is between people who bought 2666 and people who have read it. I ask all of the time, I have yet to find anyone who has read the entire book.

  3. I'm a bit surprises that Dud Avocado is still on the list. I would have thought people would have read it and replaced it by now.

  4. Olive Kitteridge is on my TBR pile. I started it a bit ago but put it down for something else. Read Oscar Wao when it first came out and liked it.

  5. Not that you guys are much for gossip and I don't know whether you had seen this, but I thought you might be interested in this story for your 'curiosities' or, you know, just for amusement. This is a blog's post about "the time Alice Hoffman's (bad) review drove Richard Ford into a gun-wielding rage", which includes a link to the official Guardian interview about the event as well as a link to the review.

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