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 2023!
The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean | Tender Is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica | This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone | The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides | It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins | The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han | If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin | Better than the Movies by Lynn Painter | The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Smile by Raina Telgemeier | Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling | The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate | Hooky Volume 2 by Miriam Bonastre Tur | Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids by Rob Elliott
Sweet Valley Twins: Best Friends by Nicole Andelfinger & Claudia Aguirre | Frizzy by Claribel A. Ortega & Rose Bousamra | Warriors: Into the Wild by Erin Hunter | Linked by Gordon Korman | The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book by Jeff Kinney
Beyond The Story: 10-Year Record of BTS by BTS | All About Love by bell hooks | The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene | American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin | Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
Atomic Habits by James Clear | The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron | The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz | The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel | How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson | The Way of the Superior Man by David Deida | Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins | Shoe Dog by Phil Knight | Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents by Lindsay C. Gibson
- 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.