The Millions Top Ten: July 2011

August 1, 2011 | 12 books 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 The Pale King 5 months
2. 2. cover The Enemy 3 months
3. 3. cover The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books 6 months
4. 5. cover Farnsworth’s Classical English Rhetoric 4 months
5. 6. cover The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry 3 months
6. 8. cover The Hunger Games 5 months
7. 9. cover A Moment in the Sun 2 months
8. cover Leaves of Grass 1 month
9. 10. cover Otherwise Known as the Human Condition 2 months
10. cover A Dance with Dragons 1 month

David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King is still in the top spot, and the rest of our top three are unchanged as well. New to our list is Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, which was the subject of a moving appreciation by Michael on the 4th of July. Meanwhile, Game of Thrones mania has hit our top ten, as George R.R. Martin’s latest, A Dance with Dragons, lands in the tenth spot. Janet recently reviewed the epic series of books for us.

And graduating to our Hall of Fame are a pair of breakout hits from summer 2010, The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman and Skippy Dies by Paul Murray.

Near Misses: Cardinal Numbers, The Magicians, The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, Swamplandia!, and How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One. See Also: Last month’s list

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  1. The article says ‘…we are also quite interested in hearing about what you’ve been reading.’ Merely buying a book does not mean that the book is actually being read. I know plenty of people who buy books after reading lists like the one above, but don’t read a word of the said books. It’s a sort of lemming mindset. So, sales figures are no indication of actual popularity, nor do they indicate which books are actually being read the most.

  2. I dont’ believe sales figures are absolute indicators of true readership, but they are an indicator of popularity. People who buy books at least intend, at some point, to read them. I often buy books in the fall that I read though the winter. Doesn’t my purchase of a book in September that I don’t get around to reading until February still count as a book read?

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