The Millions Top Ten: April 2011

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 Pale King 2 months
2. 2. cover The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books 3 months
3. 3. cover The Imperfectionists 4 months
4. 4. cover Atlas of Remote Islands 5 months
5. 5. cover Skippy Dies 4 months
6. 7. cover The Finkler Question 6 months
7. 8. cover Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption 5 months
8. 6. cover Cardinal Numbers 5 months
9. cover Farnsworth’s Classical English Rhetoric
1 month
10. 10. cover Unfamiliar Fishes 2 months

Not a lot of movement on the list this month, with the top five spots unchanged, led by huge interest in David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King. Our review ran in early April. This month’s surprise debut was Farnsworth’s Classical English Rhetoric, which was boosted by an incredibly engaging review by Stephen Dodson. Only Millions readers would make a book of rhetoric a bestseller (that’s why we love you!) Farnsworth bumped young adult hit The Hunger Games from our list. Other Near Misses:How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Swamplandia! and The Tiger’s Wife.

See Also: Last month’s list

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  1. Saw the reading of “The Pale King” in Beverly Hills on Thursday.

    It was truly amazing.

    Henry Rollins, the once loud and wondrously obnoxious lead singer of Black Flag, narrated with quiet passionate dignity.


  2. I heard about Atlas of Remote Islands on this website. My girlfriend gave it to me for Christmas. It is now one of my favorite books of all time.

    This website kicks ass.

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