The Millions Top Ten: November 2009

December 1, 2009 | 12 books mentioned 1

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 November.

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

Dave Eggers bookends our list as Zeitoun moves into the top spot and The Wild Things lands at number 10. Jonathan Franzen’s 2001 novel The Corrections hits our list two months after a panel of writers, editors and critics assembled by The Millions named it the Best of the Millennium (So Far). The book joins Cloud Atlas and Austerlitz, which both figured prominently in the series as well. Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood has re-entered the list after falling off last month. And dropping from the list are Felonious Jazz by Bryan Gilmer and Imperial by William T. Vollmann.

See Also: Last month’s list.

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One comment:

  1. Publishers Weekly caught a lot of hell earlier this year for their all-male best of 2009 list. But random checks of The Millions Top Ten for the past few months shows that it’s just as big a boy’s club (with apologies to Margaret Atwood). I know that the two lists are different in kind — a hand-picked “best of” a single year vs. an ongoing snapshot of reader preferences — but still…

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