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, 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 May. Let’s take a look.
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer | Ready Player One by Ernest Cline | The Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde | The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins by The McElroy Family and Casey Piestch | Less by Andrew Sean Greer
|KIDS + TEENS
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han | The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas | Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi | Dog Man: Lord of the Flea by Dav Pilkey | Kristy’s Big Day (The Babysitter’s Club Graphic Novels #6) by Ann M. Martin and Gale Galligan
Gravity Falls: Lost Legends by Alex Hirsch | Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey | Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson | The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne | The Lost Continent (Wings of Fire #11) by Tui T. Sutherland
Sisters by Raina Telgemeir | Dawn and the Impossible Three (The Babysitter’s Club Graphic Novels #5) by Ann M. Martin and Gale Galligan | I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez | PopularMMOs Presents A Hole New World by PopularMMOs
Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House by Omarosa | Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in LA by Luis J. Rodriguez | The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Miguel Ruiz | You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero | 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson
The Art and Science of Respect by James Prince | Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann | Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates | The Plant Paradox by Steven R. Gundry | Calypso by David Sedaris
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari | I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara | Born A Crime by Trevor Noah | The Russia Hoax by Gregg Jarrett | Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime by Ron Stallworth
- Every bookstore’s top-selling books will be different from each other. This list is just for my store.
- YOU GUYS, THE CRAZY RICH ASIANS TRILOGY WERE THE TOP SELLING FICTION BOOKS AT MY STORE!!!! 1, 2, 3 SPOT. HUZZAH!!! It’s rare to see a series take one spot after the other.
- It fills my heart with joy every time I ring up somebody who bought The Adventure Zone graphic novel. FELLOW MCELROY LOVERS!
- No surprise that To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is #1 in Kids/Teens. (That movie was sooo cute.)
- The Kids/Teens section is dominated by graphic novels. What can I say, kids love graphic novels.
- I’m surprised The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck wasn’t part of the top 15 because that usually is always on the bestseller list.
- 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 Flowers, Pillow Thoughts, Milk and Honey, and 2Fish.