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 October.
|This Month||Last Month||Title||On List|
|1.||1.||Tell It Slant||6 months|
|2.||4.||Utopia Avenue||4 months|
|3.||6.||The Vanishing Half||3 months|
|4.||3.||Sharks in the Time of Saviors
|5.||2.||Death in Her Hands||5 months|
|8.||5.||All My Mother’s Lovers||4 months|
|9.||–||What Are You Going Through||1 month|
|10.||7.||22 Minutes of Unconditional Love||2 months|
Three books dropped out of the rankings this month, opening slots for three newcomers. A hearty Millions welcome is owed to Don DeLillo’s The Silence, Pete Beatty’s Cuyahoga, and Sigrid Nunez’s What Are You Going Through—each of which was featured in our Great Second-Half Book Preview—coming in at the sixth, seventh, and ninth spots, respectively, on this month’s list.
In a recent piece for our site, in which Nick Ripatrazone sketched out DeLillo’s “liturgy of language,” he described the novel as “an overcast book—a night book,” and he classified the author as “the laureate of [an] unsettling truth”: “[that] the end will take us all by surprise, but that there will be an end is not surprising.” I’m thinking of that line a lot as I write this, on the fourth day of presidential vote counting.