The Millions Top Ten: November 2021

December 13, 2021 | 1 book 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 November.

This Month Last Month Title On List
1. 1. cover The House on Vesper Sands 5 months
2. 2. cover The Great Mistake 6 months
3. 10. cover The Book of Form and Emptiness 3 months
4. 3. cover Bewilderment
3 months
5. 4. cover Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus 4 months
6. 7. cover Crossroads
2 months
7. cover Matrix: A Novel 2 months
8. cover Cloud Cuckoo Land 2 months
9. cover These Precious Days: Essays 1 month
10. 7. cover Beautiful World, Where Are You 2 months

There’s some intrigue this month, as our list is reunited with two novels we last saw in September. Back then, Lauren Groff’s Matrix and Anthony Doerr’s Cloud Cuckoo Land held seventh and eighth position, respectively. This month, they once again hold seventh and eighth position, respectively. Plus ça change… At this rate, they might be bound for our Hall of Fame next July.

J. Robert Lennon sent his first book the Hall this month, as Subdivision capped off six months of strong showings. The spot it opened was filled by Ann Patchett’s essay collection These Precious Dayswhich Millions readers may recognize from its inclusion in our most recent Book Preview.

Meanwhile, two novels dropped off of this month’s list. Who knows? It’s possible that both Joshua Ferris’s A Calling for Charlie Barnes and Colm Tóibín’s The Magician will follow the same pattern as Groff’s and Doerr’s works mentioned above—returning in two months’ time as though nothing happened. We’ll have to wait and see.

One thing’s certain, however. By then, the list may be stuffed with books mentioned in our ongoing Year in Reading series, underway as I write this, and certainly set to inform our Top Tens in December and beyond. Which ones are on your list?

This month’s near misses included: Harlem ShuffleFierce Little Thing, and Nightbitch. See Also: Last month’s list.

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