March 7, 2018 • 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, 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 bestsellers—in the past seven days or the past four weeks. And that’s what this post is—seeing the top ten selling books of February.


Ready Player One by Ernest Cline | The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho |
An American Marriage by Tayari JonesAnnihilation by Jeff VandermeerPachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn | Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman | All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr | 1984 by George OrwellEverything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng


A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’EngleDog Man and Cat Kid by Dav PilkeyEvery Day by David LevithanLittle Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti HarrisonGetaway (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #12) by Jeff Kinney

The Hate U Give by Angie ThomasSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli |
Dog Man Unleashed by Dav PilkeyOne of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus |
Dawn and the Impossible Three (The Baby-Sitter’s Club #5) by Gale Galligan


Fire and Fury by Michael WolffThe Subtle Art of Not Give A F*ck by Mark MansonYou Are A Badass by Jen Sincero12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. PetersonThe Seasoned Life by Ayesha Curry

The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany HaddishThe Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Miguel RuizThe 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts by Gary Chapman Crushing It! by Gary VaynerchukWe Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates


The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi KaurMilk and Honey by Rupi Kaur |
Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell2Fish by Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo


Tuck Everlasting by Natalie BabbittThe 57 Bus by Dashka SlaterWhen They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha BandeleThe One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined by Salman KhanGame by Walter Dean Myers

Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement | Buck: A Memoir by M.K. AsanteJuliet Takes A Breath by Gabby RiveraLumberjanes • Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Sharon Watters, & Brooke AllenBlack Panther: World of Wakanda by Roxane Gay and Ta-Nehisi Coates


  • Every bookstore’s top-selling books will be different from each other. This list is just for my store.
  • It comes to no surprise that some of the top selling books are ones that have been adapted into a movie: Ready Player One, Annihilation, Call Me By Your Name, A Wrinkle in Time, Every Day, The Hate U Give, Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, and Black Panther: World of Wakanda. 
  • These books seem to be forever on the top-selling list: The Alchemist, 1984, 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 in March. People love these books.)
  • The bulk orders list are books I assume were order for class or book club or work.
Were there any surprises? What did you think would be a top-selling book? What books from this list have you read? 


3 Responses to “BOOKS IN HAND • What Customers Bought in February”

  1. Celia says:

    I’m so happy everybody is buying Pachinko and Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda!!

  2. Pip says:

    So many good books here! I wish I could read them all.

  3. The Annihilation film was a bop and a half, and I still need to read books two and three!

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