The Millions Top Ten: April 2010

May 1, 2010 | 12 books mentioned 3

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.

Title On List
1. 1. cover The Corrections 6 months
3. 3. cover The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories 5 months
3. 2. cover Reality Hunger 3 months
4. 4. cover Let the Great World Spin 5 months
5. 10. cover The Mystery Guest 5 months
6. 9. cover Stoner 4 months
7. 6. cover Wolf Hall 4 months
8. 5. cover The Big Short 2 months
9. 7. cover The Interrogative Mood 5 months
10. cover War and Peace 1 month

Graduating to our Hall of Fame this month is W.G. Sebald’s Austerlitz, which appeared on both our panel’s list and our readers list in our "Best of the Millennium (So Far)" series last year. Our panel’s winner in the same series, Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections, stays in the top spot. We’ve been looking forward to Franzen’s next novel, Freedom, out later this year.

Our only debut this month is a classic. Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace landed on lots of reading lists after we published Kevin’s thoughtful meditation on the book and what it means to be affected by great art.

Near Misses: Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace, Asterios Polyp, The Known World, Tinkers, Solar, Twilight of the Superheroes

See Also: Last month’s list

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  1. Hmm. And still, the army of Millions fans of The Mystery Guest have still yet to post a single review on Amazon. I’d like one person to try to explain this bizarre anomaly. Are “fans” of this and other “Fame” books functionally illiterate? The book even crept up five spots on the list. I chuckle.

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