The Millions Top Ten: July 2010

August 1, 2010 | 1 book mentioned 2 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 July.

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

Summer reading propelled a pair of newcomers onto the list in July. Tana French’s Faithful Place lands on the list after being written up by Emily Mandel in our big second half preview. Emily also made Justin Cronin’s cerebral vampire thriller The Passage the centerpiece of her post-apocalyptic reading list later in the month. Those two titles replace out two newest Hall of Fame inductees: John Williams’ Stoner, which was highlighted by Millions regulars Patrick and Edan, as well as by Conversational Reading proprietor Scott Esposito, in our Year in Reading last year, and Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, last year’s Booker and Rooster winner. Near Misses: Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace, The Imperfectionists, A Visit from the Goon Squad, Super Sad True Love Story, Twilight of the Superheroes. See Also: Last month’s list

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  1. Wow! As someone who writes (and reads) long, I say, cheers for War and Peace! (My typo was “Warp and Peace”–a Star Trek error).

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