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 December 2022!
The Fall of Numenor by J.R.R. Tolkien | We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson | The Boys from Biloxi by John Grisham | Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley | Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan
|TEENS + KIDS
Long Live the Pumpkin Queen by Shea Ernshaw | A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson | They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera | The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes | Heartstopper Vol. 1 by Alice Oseman
Cat Kid Comic Club: Collaborations by Dav Pilkey | Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman | Moon Rising (Wings of Fire: The Graphic Novel) by Tui T. Sutherland | Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Long and Max Long | Pokemon: Super Extra Deluxe Essential Handbook
Diper Overlode (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #17) by Jeff Kinney | Stellarlune (Keeper of the Lost Cities #9) by Shannon Messenger | The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson #1) by Rick Riordan | Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill | Hooky Volume 1 by Miriam Bonastre Tur
Mary Anne’s Bad Luck Mystery (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novel) by Ann M. Martin & Cynthia Yuan Cheng | Amari and the Great Game by B.B. Alston | How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss | Bluey Hooray It’s Christmas!: A Sticker Activity Book | The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
From Crook to Cook by Snoop Dogg | An Immense World by Ed Yong | Surrender: 40 Songs, Our Story by Bono | Go-to Dinners: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten | The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
One Piece: Pirate Recipes | Half Baked Harvest Super Simple by Tieghan Gerard | Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari | And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle by Jon Meacham | You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg | Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find and Keep Love by Amir Levine | Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki | Ghetto Gastro Presents Black Power Kitchen by Jon Gray, Pierre Serrao, Lester Walker | Dessert Person by Claire Saffitz
- 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.)
- For the past year, we’ve been selling a lot of manga—so much that it exceeds the different subjects of books we sell. That will be in its own post.