The Millions Top Ten: June 2010

July 1, 2010 | 12 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.

Title On List
1. 1. cover Reality Hunger 5 months
2. 5. cover Stoner 6 months
3. 8. cover Tinkers 2 months
4. 6. cover The Big Short 4 months
5. (tie) cover The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet 1 month
5. (tie) cover The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest 1 month
7. 10. cover Wolf Hall 6 months
8. 9. cover War and Peace 3 months
9. cover The Girl Who Played With Fire 1 month
10. cover Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling With D.H. Lawrence 1 month

With four books — The Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories, The Mystery Guest, Let the Great World Spin, and The Interrogative Mood? — graduating to our Hall of Fame, we have plenty of room for newcomers on our latest list. The late Stieg Larsson, whose The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is already in our Hall of Fame, has the rest of his trilogy make the list, The Girl Who Played With Fire and the recently released The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.

Meanwhile, David Mitchell’s new novel, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, which was released only a few days ago, debuts tied at number five, and Geoff Dyer’s 1998 bio of D.H. Lawrence, Out of Sheer Rage, which was recently championed by David Shields in these pages, debuts in the last spot on the list.

And it’s Shields’ controversial Reality Hunger that’s still holding on to our top spot.

Near Misses: Twilight of the Superheroes, Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace, The Known World, Then We Came to the End, The Imperfectionists

See Also: Last month’s list

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  1. This is probably the only list where you’ll see sales of War & Peace outstripping one of the Steig books. Good.

    Any plans to release the stats themselves Max? ie the numbers behind the rankings?

  2. Ian, It’s sort of a big mess of a spreadsheet, so I don’t think there’d be an easy way to manage sharing the data.

    But to give you a little more insight though, the numbers involved are certainly modest (in the few dozens of copies for these books that make our list). And I look at the books bought over the last 12 months, with the most recent month weighted much more heavily.

    I feel pretty good about the process as the lists we end up with seem to mesh with the reading preferences that I anecdotally hear about from our readers.

  3. As cool as it is to see War and Peace topping a Steig book, I just think it’s frickin awesome that they are on the same list. Overlap like that makes me happy.

  4. Fair enough Max, I like the list (and the HoF) and I figured the numbers were smallish. Just interested to know more. LIke p.t. smith says, it’s the overlap that makes it fun to read…

    If I lived in the US I’d definitely buy stuff via you guys but it just doesn’t make sense for me on this side of the pond. Sorry!

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