The Millions Top Ten: November 2010

December 1, 2010 | 14 books mentioned 2

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.

Title On List
1. 1. cover Freedom 4 months
2. 2. cover The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet 6 months
3. 5. cover A Visit from the Goon Squad 4 months
4. 9. cover Super Sad True Love Story 4 months
5. 4. cover The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest 6 months
6. (tie) 6. cover Room 3 months
6. (tie) 8. cover Faithful Place 5 months
8. 7. cover The Passage 5 months
9. cover The Finkler Question 1 month
10. 10. cover Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling With D.H. Lawrence 6 months

November saw Booker-winner The Finkler Question, which we reviewed here, debut on our list. Last year’s Booker winner Wolf Hall also landed on our list after being awarded the prize and ended up in our Hall of Fame. Speaking of which, another prizewinner, Pulitzer-winning underdog Tinkers is the newest inductee into our hallowed hall. Meanwhile, Freedom by Jonathan Franzen retains our top spot, while Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad and Super Sad True Love Story continue to surge higher on a wave of interest from Millions readers. Near Misses: The Hunger Games, The Imperfectionists, Things We Didn’t See Coming, The Autobiography of Mark Twain, and The Gone-Away World. See Also: Last month’s list

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  1. I’ve just finished reading a strange new novel, Heidegger’s Glasses, by Thaisa Frank, a kind of surrealistic take on World War II Germany near the end, when its ties to occultism are pulling apart. The influence and effect of the occult in Nazi Germany (news to me) led to incredible events, the extreme being what Frank makes a credible and compelling what-if in this novel.

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