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 April.
|This Month||Last Month||Title||On List|
|1.||1.||A Swim in a Pond in the Rain||4 months|
|2.||2.||White Ivy||6 months|
|3.||3.||Fake Accounts||3 months|
|4.||4.||Klara and the Sun||2 months|
|5.||5.||The Copenhagen Trilogy||4 months|
|6.||9.||No One Is Talking About This
|7.||8.||Dune: Book 1||6 months|
|8.||6.||Detransition, Baby||4 months|
Inertia is the pejorative name for consistency, if you ask me. There’s value in dependability. You lean back into your haunches until your muscles go limp, and briefly you float on trust alone until a chair stops your fall. You depend on that chair. You knew it would be there because that’s where it’s always been.
Our list this month is consistent. Its top five are unchanged. Last month’s list was consistent. Its top three were unchanged. My monthly dispatches about the Millions Top Ten are… well, you get the idea.
Remember, predictability is relative. This time last year, few would have predicted we’d be where we are today: fully immunized against the plague, and ready to greet normality. Big picture, 2020 was unpredictable like that. But zoom in and take each month’s inventory, and the days look alike. Maybe they blur. Maybe 2020 felt like one, unending day; one, unending routine. Small picture, 2020 felt predictable.
Which is to say that when you check in next month, when three of the books on this month’s list graduate to our site’s Hall of Fame, and when we welcome (at least!) three new titles in their places, you’ll recall that in fact there’s only one constant, and it’s change.
This month’s near misses included: Women and Other Monsters: Building a New Mythology, Subdivision, The Committed, Selected Stories, 1968-1994, and Craft in the Real World: Rethinking Fiction Writing and Workshopping. See Also: Last month’s list.