June 5, 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 May 2019.


There There by Tommy Orange | Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens | The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho | Supermarket by Bobby Hall (Logic)The Mister by EL James

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman | Dune by Frank Herbert | A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor TowlesLittle Fires Everywhere by Celeste NgFire & Blood by George R.R. Martin

1984 by George Orwell | Night School (Jack Reacher #21) by Lee Child | The Overstory by Richard Powers | Past Tense (Jack Reacher #23) by Lee Child | The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn


Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowly Jefferson’s Journal by Jeff KinneyThe Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola YoonJust Jaime by Terri LibensonShare Your Smile: Raina’s Guide to Telling Your Own Story by Raina Telgemeier | Camp by Kayla Miller

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas | Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling | Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy: A Graphic Novel by Rey Terciero & Bre Indigo | I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom LichtenchildSmile by Taina Telgemeier

British Invasion (Spy School #7) by Stuart Gibbs | Drama by Raina Telgemeier | Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey | Big Nate: Payback Time! by Lincoln PierceI Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez


The Mueller Report | Becoming by Michelle ObamaAlways Running by Luis J. Rodriguez | The Four Agreements by Don Miguel RuizThe Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck by Mark Manson

Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope by Mark MansonBorn A Crime by Trevor NoahThe 5 Love Languages by Gary ChapmanHoward Stern Comes Again | You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero

Sacred Woman by Queen Afua | Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari | The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life by David Brooks | How To Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie | Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat


  • 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? 


One Response to “BOOKS IN HAND • What Customers Bought in May 2019”

  1. There seems to be some books that have been on the list forever, the standout one is The Alchemist :) Crazy Rich Asians also always seem to be present on this list, so it’s surprising to see it not here. Great post!

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