The Millions Top Ten: May 2013

June 3, 2013 | 13 books mentioned

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.

Title On List
1. 1. cover Epic Fail: Bad Art, Viral Fame, and the History of the Worst Thing Ever 5 months
2. 2. cover Tenth of December 5 months
3. 3. cover An Arrangement of Light 6 months
4. 5. cover Stand on Zanzibar 3 months
5. 4. cover The Middlesteins 3 months
6. 6. cover Building Stories 5 months
7. 7. cover Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk 3 months
8. 10. cover Vampires in the Lemon Grove 2 months
9. cover The Orphan Master’s Son 1 month
10. 8. cover Arcadia 5 months


May was quiet for our list, with the top three positions unchanged, including Millions ebook Epic Fail: Bad Art, Viral Fame, and the History of the Worst Thing Ever at number one.

Our one debut, an number eight, is Adam Johnson’s much lauded The Orphan Master’s Son, recent recipient of both the Pulitzer and the Rooster.

Johnson’s book pushes the David Foster Wallace essay collection Both Flesh and Not off the list.

Other Near Misses: Fox 8, The Round House, All That Is, and Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief. See Also: Last month’s list.

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