May 6, 2019 • Cee • Discussion

You ever want to know what people are buying in bookstores? Well, it so happens that I work at one!

During the last week of February 2018, I pondered about what type of post to make for “Books in Hand.” At first, I planned to discuss all the books customers came in asking for or buying, but that’s a bit too much because everybody came in asking for different books, and I didn’t remember all of them. My boss showed me a way to check our store’s best selling books, and I found out what we sold a lot of!

And that’s what this post is—seeing the top ten selling books of April 2019.


Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens | Supermarket by Bobby Hall (Logic) | The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho | The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See | The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles | Redemption (Amos Decker #5) by David Baldacci | Star Wars: Master & Apprentice by Claudia Gray | Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi | The Mister by EL James

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn| Celtic Empire (Dirk Pitt #25) by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler | After by Anna Todd | Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly | All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr


Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowly Jefferson’s Journal by Jeff Kinney | Big Nate: Payback Time! by Lincoln Pierce | Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy: A Graphic Novel by Rey Terciero & Bre Indigo | Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild by Dav PilkeyOn the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott | Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling | Dog Man Unleashed by Dav Pilkey | The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas | Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Gravity Falls: Journal 3 | Katt vs. Dogg by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein | Positively Izzy by Terri Libenson | Spider-Man Spider-Verse: Miles Morales | Camp by Kayla Miller


Becoming by Michelle Obama | Always Running by Luis J. Rodriguez | The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck by Mark Manso | Born A Crime by Trevor NoahThe Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purpose by Oprah Winfrey | Educated by Tara Westover | Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari | Crushing: It’s Not the End by T.D. Jakes | The Way of the Superior Man by David Deida

Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis | The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo | Clean & Lean: 30 Days, 30 Foods, A New You! by Ian K. Smith | Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig | The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer


  • Every bookstore’s top-selling books will be different from each other. This list is just for my store.
  • These books seem to be forever on the top-selling list: The Alchemist, anything Dog Man or Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck, You Are A Badass, The Four Agreements, the 5 Love Languages, and Milk and Honey. (Don’t be surprise if you see these books here or in future “Books in Hand” posts. People love these books.)
  • I omitted the poetry list because it didn’t change from February, so it was The Sun and Her FlowersPillow ThoughtsMilk and Honey, and 2Fish.
Were there any surprises? What did you think would be a top-selling book? What books from this list have you read? 


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