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 selling books of September 2023!
No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai | Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi | | Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston | My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix | The Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
This Winter by Alice Oseman | The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins | If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin | A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson | A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole
The Chalice of the Gods (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #6) by Rick Riordan | Hooky Volume 3 by Miriam Bonastre Tur | Coraline by Neil Gaiman | Hooky Vol. 1 by Miriam Bonastre Tur | Bluey 5-Minute Stories
Hooky Volume 2 by Miriam Bonastre Tur | The Bad Seed Presents: The Good, The Bad, and The Spooky by Jory John & Pete Oswald | Frizzy by Claribel A. Ortega & Rose Bousamra | Investigators by John Patrick Green | Dog Man: Twenty Thousand Fleas Under the Sea by Dav Pilkey
The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) by Rick Riordan | Dias de Muertos: A Papel Picado Lift-the-Flap Book by by Dori Elys and Alicia Más | Creepy Crayon! by Aaron Reynolds & Peter Brown | Ten Little Ghosts: A Magical Counting Storybook by Amanda Sobotka | Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody by Michael Rex
Never Finished: Unshackle Your Mind and Win the War Within by David Goggins | “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!”: Adventures of a Curious Character by Richard P. Feynman | Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse: The Art of the Movie by Ramin Zahed | Just Kids by Patti Smith
- 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.)
- For the past year, we’ve been selling a lot of manga—so much that it exceeds the different subjects of books we sell. That will be in its own post.