The Millions Top Ten: December 2012

January 1, 2013 | 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 December.

Title On List
1. 2. cover This Is How You Lose Her 4 months
2. 3. cover Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace 5 months
3. 4. cover Object Lessons: The Paris Review Presents the Art of the Short Story 3 months
4. 8. cover Gone Girl 5 months
5. cover An Arrangement of Light 1 month
6. 5. cover NW 4 months
7. 6. cover Telegraph Avenue 4 months
8. 7. cover Both Flesh and Not 2 months
9. cover Arcadia 1 month
10. cover Sweet Tooth 1 month


After an impressive run, A Naked Singularity by Sergio De La Pava graduates to our Hall of Fame (check out Garth Hallberg‘s profile of De La Pava that introduced many of our readers to this unusual book). This makes room for Junot Díaz’s This Is How You Lose Her (our review) to be crowned our new number one. Also joining our Hall of Fame is The Patrick Melrose Novels by Edward St. Aubyn (see our review of the last book in the series).

Debuting on our list is Nicole Krauss’s An Arrangement of Light, a bite-sized ebook original. And Krauss is joined on our list by Lauren Groff’s Arcadia (selected by Alexander CheeEmily St. John Mandel, and Janet Potter in our recent Year in Reading series; Groff was also a participant) and Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan (which we recently reviewed).

Dave Eggers’ A Hologram for the King slipped off the list. Other Near Misses: Dear Life, Building Stories, The Round House, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, and Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar. See Also: Last month’s list.

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