August 4, 2020 • Cee • Discussion
Look what’s back! It feels like a lifetime ago since the last time I made a “Books in Hand” post. It can’t be helped since mid-March, the world closed down, and I couldn’t go back to work. Things did change in April that allowed me to go back to work at my bookstore without the presence of customers, which was very nice. Because there were no customers from April-mid June, it’s difficult to put together this type of post. Not anymore! I’m back, baby! So without further ago, 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 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 July 2020!

The Vanishing Half by Brit BennettThe Order by Daniel SilvaMy Hero Academia Vol. 24Sex and Vanity by Kevin KwanStreet Rap by Shaun Sinclair

The Lost Vintage by Ann MahLittle Fires Everywhere by Celeste NgThe Last Wish by Andrzej SapkowskiCirce by Madeline MillerThe Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead


Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl | I Like Myself! by Karen BeaumontThe Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne CollinsI Believe I Can by Grace Byers | When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson & Omar Mohamed

The Shadow of Kyoshi (Avatar: Kyoshi #2) by F.C. YeeJabari Jumps by Gaia CornwallChildren of Blood and Bone by Tomi AdeyemiPajama Time! by Sandra BoyntonTwilight by Stephenie Meyer


White Fragility by Robin DiAngeloToo Much and Never Enough by Mary L. TrumpHow to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. KendiStamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. KendiThe Room Where It Happened by John Bolton

Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene | Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall | The Yellow House by Sarah M. BroomThe Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel RuizThe Autobiography of Malcolm X as told by Alex HaleyBorn A Crime by Trevor NoahSo You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma OluoDefining Moments in Black History by Dick Gregory


  • Every bookstore’s top-selling books will be different from each other. This list is just for my store.
  • A lot antiracism books are being sold, and considering what has been going on, it’s great to see people educating themselves.
  • 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.)
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 July 2020”

  1. I bought The Vanishing Half in July too – so yay for seeing other people buying it. That said – I haven’t actually read it yet! I also bought Deacon King Kong – but that one didn’t make your list.

Leave a Reply