July 5, 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 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.


The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton & James Patterson | Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan | The Outsider by Stephen King | The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho | There There by Tommy Orange

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee | In the Woods by Tana French | 1984 by George OrwellReady Player One by Ernest ClineLess by Andrew Sean Greer

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury | Norse Mythology by Neil GaimanThe Handmaid’s Taleby Margaret AtwoodBrief Cases (Dresden Files #15.1) by Jim ButcherIt by Stephen King


Wonder by R.J. PalacioThe Hate U Give by Angie ThomasA Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle | Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi | The Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo #3) by Rick Riordan

 Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey | War Storm (Red Queen #4) by Victoria Aveyard | Positively Izzy by Terri LibensonBig Nate Silent But Deadly by Lincoln PeirceThe List by Patricia Forde

Sisters by Raina TelgemeierAru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi |
The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire: The Graphic Novel #1) by Tui T. Sutherland |
The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book by Jeff Kinney | Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli


Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston | Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in LA by Luis J. Rodriguez | The Subtle Art of Not Give A F*ck by Mark Manson | You Bet Your Life: How I Survived Jim Crow Racism, Hurricane Chasing, and Gambling by Spencer ChristianThe Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Miguel Ruiz

Calypso by David SedarisYou Are A Badass by Jen Sincero | The Modoc War by Robert Aquinas McNally | What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America by Michael Eric DysonThe Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

Obama: An Intimate Portrait by Pete SouzaHow To Change Your Mind: The New Science of Psychedelics by Michael PollanA Higher Loyalty by James Comey | The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene | Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari


  • Every bookstore’s top-selling books will be different from each other. This list is just for my store.
  • I’m thrilled The List and Aru Shah and the End of the Time are in the top 15 kids/teens books because those are the two I recommended a lot to customer.
  • 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 June 2018”

  1. So glad A Wrinkle in Time is on this list – it’s one of my childhood favourites! Children of Blood and Bone is on my TBR – looks like I’ll have to read it sooner rather than later.

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