You ever want to know what people are buying in bookstores? Well, it so happens that I work at one, and I wanted to write about what books customers have been asking for during the holiday season.
All bookstores are different, so the books customers are asking will be different. With the holiday season nearing it’s end, let’s talk about the books the customers at my bookstore asked for during the past week leading up to the Holidays in 2023.
This list isn’t a conclusive list; the books here are the ones that I’ve remembered because I’ve been asked about it a bazillion times or I’ve seen customers holding it.
The Armor of Light by Ken Follett | Invincible Compendium One by by Cory Walker, Robert Kirkman, and Ryan Ottley | The Ballads of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins | Powerless by Lauren Roberts*
Heartstopper Volume 5 by Alice Oseman | The Cruel Prince Collector’s Edition by Holly Black | The Chalice of the Gods (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #6) by Rick Riordan | Mayumu: Filipino American Desserts Remixed by Abi Balingit
The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder by David Grann | Most Delicious Poison: The Story of Nature’s Toxins—from Spices to Vices by Noah Whiteman* | The Rediscovery of America: Native Peoples and the Unmaking of U.S. History by Ned Blackhawk | Archive by Sofia Archive
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown | Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey from Slavery to Freedom by Ilyon Woo* | King: A Life by Jonathan Big | Hidden Potential: The Science of Achieving Greater Things by Adam Grant
Fire Weather: A True Story from A Hotter World by John Valiant | The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music by Dave Grohl | Finding Me by Viola Davis | Determined: A Science of Life Without Free Will by Robert M. Sapolsky
(Any titles with the asterisk* are books that we didn’t have in stock because they sold out before, or ones we immediately sold out.)
I’m sure I’m forgetting a lot of books that people asked for. Like all years, the holiday season was super busy. I wasn’t asked about children’s books that often, so other than Chalice of the Gods, I’m not sure what books people bought for their kids.