The Millions Top Ten: June 2021

July 14, 2021 | 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 June.

This Month Last Month Title On List
1. 1. cover A Swim in a Pond in the Rain 6 months
2. 2. cover Klara and the Sun 4 months
3. 3. cover Fake Accounts 5 months
4. 4. cover The Copenhagen Trilogy 4 months
5. 5. cover No One Is Talking About This 6 months
6. 6. cover Detransition, Baby
6 months
7. 7. cover Outlawed 3 months
8. cover The Great Mistake 1 month
9. 9. cover Women and Other Monsters 2 months
10. 8. cover Subdivision 2 months

Johnathan Lee’s The Great Mistake appears on this month’s list. Published in the middle of June, it should be familiar to Millions readers who caught its mention in our First-Half 2021 Book Preview. At the time, Il’ja Rákoš noted that Lee’s novel had drawn early comparisons to both Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams and John Williams’s Stoner. That bodes well, since those two novels are in our site’s Hall of Fame. Five more write-ups like this, and Lee’s will join them.

Elsewhere on this month’s list, May’s top seven remain June’s. May’s eighth book became June’s tenth. Even the near misses held steady. All this points to one place: Millions readers are ready for that Second-Half Preview to drop.

Well, stay tuned this week…

This month’s near misses included: The House on Vesper Sands, The Committed, Vernon Subutex, Selected Stories, 1968-1994, and Whereabouts. See Also: Last month’s list.

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