June 3, 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.


Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan | The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho | The 17th Suspect (Women’s Murder Club #17) by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro | Pachinko by Min Jin Lee | Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer | Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeerFahrenheit 451 by Ray BradburyThe Three-Body Problem by Cixin LiuMagpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher #22) by Lee ChildBeautiful Ruins by Jess Walter |
Rich People Problems by Kevin KwanTwisted Prey (Lucas Davenport #22) by John Sanford |
The Outsider by Stephen King


The Giving Tree by Shel SilversteinThe Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo #3) by Rick Riordan |
A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. MaasChildren of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi |
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli |

War Storm (Red Queen #4) by Victoria AveyardOh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss |
Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav PilkeyA Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss & John Oliver |
The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson #2) by Rick Riordan

The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire: The Graphic Novel #1) by Tui T. Sutherland |
Waste of Space by Stuart GibbsHere We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers |
Red Queen by Victoria AveyardLeah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli


The Subtle Art of Not Give A F*ck by Mark Manson | Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in LA by Luis J. Rodriguez | A Higher Loyalty by James Comey | The Watergate: Inside America’s Most Infamous Address  by Joseph Rodota | 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara | The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish | The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Miguel Ruiz | Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston | Get Over It!: Thought Therapy for Heading the Hard Stuff by Iyanla Vanzant

Obama: An Intimate Portrait by Pete SouzaWar on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence by Ronan FarrowYou Are A Badass by Jen Sincero |
Michelle Obama: A Photographic Journey |
The Soul of America: The Battle of Our Better Angels by Jon Meacham


  • 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.)
  • 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 May 2018”

  1. Amy M says:

    I used to work in a bookstore, and I’m truly not surprised at all by the top selling books. I probably would have guessed Crazy Rich Asians with the movie coming out, and I know common summer reading books will be big sellers as well.
    I’ve worked in two bookstores, and it really is interesting to see how people’s tastes vary by location.
    Great post!

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