When We Cease to Understand the World

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The Millions Top Ten: June 2022

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We spend plenty of time here at 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.

Ulysses: An Illustrated Edition
6 months

2.
2.

The Socratic Method: A Practitioner’s Handbook
5 months

3.
3.

The Penguin Modern Classics Book
6 months

4.
4.

When We Cease to Understand the World

6 months

5.
7.

How High We Go in the Dark
3 months

6.
6.

Refuse to Be Done
3 months

7.


Either/Or
1 month

8.
9.

Sea of Tranquility
2 months

9.
8.

Crossroads
6 months

10.


Forbidden City
1 month

It might surprise you to read that before this month, Karl Ove Knausgård had never sent a book to our site’s Hall of Fame. It might surprise you if you didn’t read carefully that now the Norwegian author’s made a home there: The Morning Star did what all 3,936 pages of the six-part My Struggle series could not. (Sidebar: the sixth installment represents for 30% of those pages? Today I learned.)

Meanwhile, Katie Kitamura’s Intimacies dropped off the list this month, but we frequently see books come and go. Will it be back after July? You know where to look.

The upshot is two spaces opened on this month’s list, and were filled Elif Batuman’s Either/Or and Vanessa Hua’s Forbidden City. They occupy the seventh and tenth spots, respectively, and both were featured in our Great First-Half 2022 Book Preview earlier this year.

Speaking of Great Book Previews, we expect to drop our enormous Second-Half 2022 list very soon. Stay tuned.

This month’s near misses included: Tartar Steppe, Paradais, Pure Colour, The Hurting Kind, and Essays One. See Also: Last month’s list.

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