April 2, 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 March. Let’s take a look.


The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho | Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer | Ready Player One by Ernest Cline |
Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman | Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Underground Railroad by Colson WhiteheadCrazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan |
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie |
Authority (Southern Reach #2) by Jeff VanderMeerThe House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros


A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’EngleSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli |
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas | Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey |
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. SeussGetaway (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #12) by Jeff Kinney |
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle | The Giver by Lois Lowry |
The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire Graphic Novel #1) by Tui T. Sutherland

Drama by Raina TelgemeierDog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties by Dav Pilkey |
Dawn and the Impossible Three (The Baby-Sitter’s Club #5) by Gale Galligan | 
Marvel’s Black Panther: On the Prowl! 
I Am Enough by Grace Byers


The Subtle Art of Not Give A F*ck by Mark Manson |The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish |
Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in LA by Luis J. Rodriguez |
You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero | The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers

The Food Explorer by Daniel Stone |
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Miguel Ruiz |
Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff | Russian Roulette by Michael Isikoff and David Corn |
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson

We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle UnionAnother Kind of Madness by Stephen P. Hinshaw |
Born A Crime by Trevor NoahI’ve Been Thinking… by Maria ShriverUltimate Keto Cookbook


  • Every bookstore’s top-selling books will be different from each other. This list is just for my store.
  • I decided to have a top 15 for Kids + Teens and nonfiction books because we sold a lot of those books in March than we did general fiction books.
  • It’s so fascinating to see what books continued to be in to the top 10-15 list and what rank they’re in.
    • For fiction, the top 5 were in February’s list. I expected Ready Player One to continue to be #1 because the movie came out March 27th, but instead, The Alchemist took #1. My heart soars that Crazy Rich Asians is part of my store’s bestselling books.
    • For Kids + Teens:
      • A Wrinkle in Time stays at #1. (It’s the only book that has been #1, so no surprise there especially considering the movie came out at the end of February.)
      • It makes sense we sold a lot of Dr. Seuss, specifically Green Eggs and Ham, since it was Dr. Seuss’s birth month.
      • Children of Blood and Bone was an instant bestseller as soon as it hit the shelves. We sold out of them immediately.
      • I’m surprised we sold a lot of The Very Hungry Caterpillar because we never do? Sure, lots of kids love to read it or be read to in the store, but buy it? Not usually.
      • There’s a lot of picture based books—picture books and graphic novels.
    • I personally had a lot of customers asking for Another Kind of Madness, and I wonder if it’s assigned reading or a book club.
  • My bookstore sells a lot more nonfiction and Kids books than we do Fiction and Teens, so there’s not a lot of books of the latter here.
  • 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 in April. 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? 


3 Responses to “BOOKS IN HAND • What Customers Bought in March 2018”

  1. It’s interesting to see a few of these books are ones that are going to be on our screen soon. Movies are a good thing for books after all! I’m not surprised for Children of Blood and Bones, it’s even on the shelves in Switzerland which is extremely rare for new releases. Usually, I have to move heaven and earth to get books I see on the blogosphere!

  2. THE ALCHEMIST has been top-selling for ages, which I can’t believe because I don’t hear people talk about it anywhere! Unless it’s a mandatory book to purchase for school? (I’m hoping you can provide some insight on this, haha …) It seems like a lot of the books are on this list because their movies are coming out, which is nice to see because that means people are reading!

    I love these monthly lists, btw! Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. Yay to Simon Vs. I assume the movie is a big reason for that. I’m SO excited to see that Call Me By Your Name was a top seller though. Again, I assume the movie helped with that, but I love that book! :)


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