The Millions Top Ten: January 2010

February 1, 2010 | 8 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 January.

Title On List
1. 1. cover Cloud Atlas 5 months
2. 4. cover The Corrections 3 months
3. 3. cover Austerlitz 4 months
4. 2. cover The Interrogative Mood 2 months
5. 9. (tie) cover The Mystery Guest 2 months
6. 5. cover Let the Great World Spin 2 months
7. 8. cover The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories 2 months
8. cover Stoner 1 month
9. 9. (tie) cover Asterios Polyp 5 months
10. cover Wolf Hall 1 month

January saw two more books graduate to The Millions Hall of Fame, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson and Zeitoun by Dave Eggers. Larsson’s books have been the beneficiary of a surge of interest in the late Swedish writer’s series of thrillers. Eggers’ Zeitoun has won much praise for its nuanced look at one immigrant New Orleanian’s Katrina story.

New to the Top Ten list this month is Stoner, a book by John Williams from NYRB Classics. The novel was singled out for praise as part of our Year in Reading series by Millions contributors Patrick and Edan as well as by Conversational Reading’s Scott Esposito. Also debuting is Booker Prize winner Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. The book was also named a finalist recently for a National Book Crtics Circle Award.

See Also: Last month’s list

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One comment:

  1. I loved Wolf Hall. Glad to see it listed here. Above all I was astonished by Mantel’s use of the third person. I don’t believe I’ve encountered that before, limited but makes Cromwell somehow omniscient. Brilliant vantage point on the familiar story, makes it completely new — for me. Martha

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