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 October 2023!
Surprising, there weren’t too many Halloween-esque, spooky stories on this list compared to last month.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins | A Curse for True Love by Stephanie Garber | If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin | Secrets Never Die by Vincent Ralph | This Winter by Alice Oseman
Foul Heart Huntsman by Chloe Gong | A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson | Better than the Movies by Lynn Painter | Delicious Monsters by Liselle Sambury | The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
The Cruel Prince: Collector’s Edition by Holly Black | As Good As Dead by Holly Jackson | There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins | Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson | The Wicked King by Holly Black
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 | Where’s Spot by Eric Hill | Tales from a Not-So-Posh Paris Adventure (Dork Diaries #14) by Rachel Renee Russell | Diary of a Wimpy Kid: No Brainer by Jeff Kinney
Stacey’s Mistake (The Baby-Sitters Club) by Ellen T. Crenshaw & Ann M. Martin | Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow | I Love You to the Moon and Back by Amelia Hepworth & Tim Warnes | Hooky Vol. 1 by Miriam Bonastre Tur | The Wild Robot Protects by Peter Brown
Atomic Habits by James Clear | Excellent Advice for Living: Wisdom I Wish I’d Known Earlier by Kevin Kelly | The Creative Act by Rick Rubin | Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner | Worthy by Jada Pickett 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.