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 May.
|2.||3.||The Book of Disquiet||6 months|
|3.||2.||The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains||6 months|
|4.||4.||The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World||6 months|
|5.||6.||Train Dreams||4 months|
|6.||–||Bring Up the Bodies||1 month|
|7.||10.||How to Sharpen Pencils||2 months|
|8.||5.||New American Haggadah||3 months|
|9.||7.||The Swerve: How the World Became Modern||2 months|
|10.||9.||Visual Storytelling: Inspiring a New Visual Language||2 months|
Our one debut this month is one of the most anticipated books of the year: Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies, her sequel to Millions July 2010 Hall of Famer Wolf Hall. The arrival of the Thomas Cromwell juggernaut bumps Binocular Vision from our list. David Rees’ How to Sharpen Pencils is the other big mover on our list, jumping three spots. Our in depth, hilarious interview with Rees from last month is a must read.
Next month should be very interesting as we’ll see the top four books on our list move to the Hall of Fame, opening four new spots.
Near Misses: Binocular Vision, The Patrick Melrose Novels: Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, and Mother’s Milk, Leaving the Atocha Station, The Great Frustration, and 11/22/63. See Also: Last month’s list.