As 2021 limps to an end, we at The Millions took stock of the year by diving deep into the site stats to determine which pieces were most popular with you, our readers.
What follows are two lists. The first ranks the most-read pieces from our archive—those posts that are incredibly popular year after year. The second tallies the most-read pieces published in 2021. For both lists, we’ve excluded Preview posts.
Long-time readers of the site will likely see some familiar bylines below, and we’re sure that both lists will provide interesting reading, as we look to 2022 and hope for better days.
The Most-Read Archive Pieces of 2021
The World’s Longest Novel, by Ben Dooley
The Saddest Poem Ever Written, by Nick Ripatrazone
The Queering of Nick Carraway, by Michael Bourne
Ten Ways to Look at the Color Black, by Ed Simon
Dickens’s Best Novel? Six Experts Share Their Opinions, by Kevin Hartnett
The Most-Read Pieces Published in 2021
The World Is All That Is the Case, by Ed Simon
The Origins of Raoul Duke, by David S. Wills
Karl Ove Knausgaard Will Not Read This Interview, by Adam Dalva
The 10 Creepiest Gothic Novels, by Elizabeth Brooks
Ten Essential Books Inspired by Greek Mythology, by Jennifer Saint