The Millions Top Ten: November 2011

December 1, 2011 | 15 books mentioned 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 November.

Title On List
1. 1. cover 1Q84 2 months
2. 3. cover The Marriage Plot 2 months
3. 7. cover The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life 3 months
4. 4. cover The Bathtub Spy 4 months
5. 5. cover The Art of Fielding 3 months
6. 10. cover Lightning Rods 3 months
7. 6. cover Leaves of Grass 5 months
8. 9. cover A Moment in the Sun 6 months
9. cover The Swerve: How the World Became Modern 1 month
10. cover The Sense of an Ending 1 month

Haruki Murakami returned to our top spot this month with 1Q84 (read our review here), while Jeffrey Eugenides’s The Marriage Plot (read our review here) crept up to the second spot. Meanwhile, Ann Patchett’s Kindle Single The Getaway Car jumped into our third spot and Helen DeWitt’s Lightning Rods was also making a strong move higher.

Another Kindle Single, Christopher Hitchens’ timely The Enemy, and Jon Ronson’s The Psychopath Test graduate to our Hall of Fame. Don’t miss Janet’s review of the latter.

Stephen Greenblatt’s The Swerve: How the World Became Modern appears on our list shortly after winning the National Book Award, while the Booker Prize win propels Julian Barnes’ The Sense of an Ending onto our list.

Near Misses: How To Keep Your Volkswagen Alive, 11/22/1963, The Sisters Brothers, Salvage the Bones, Otherwise Known as the Human Condition See Also: Last month’s list.

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