April 8, 2019 • 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 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 ten selling books of March 2019.


Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens | The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho | The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin | The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

There There by Tommy Orange | The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller | An American Marriage by Tayari Jones | The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James | The Fifth Season by N.K. JemisonHomegoing by Yaa GyasiPachinko by Min Jin Lee


I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont | Five Feet Apart by Rachael LippincottWhat If? by Sandra MagsamanThe Lost Heir (Wings of Fire: The Graphic Novel #2) by Tui T. Sutherland

Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild by Dav PilkeyOn the Come Up by Angie ThomasThe Hate U Give by Angie ThomasDog Man by Dav Pilkey

Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy: A Graphic Novel by Rey Terciero & Bre IndigoDog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey | Supernova (Amulet #8) by Kazu KibuishiSisters by Raina Telgemeier


Becoming by Michelle ObamaFinding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward by Valerie Jarrett | Always Running by Luis J. Rodriguez | The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck by Mark Manso

 Born A Crime by Trevor NoahEducated by Tara Westover | Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin NosratBad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

 The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo | You Are A Badass by Jen SinceroDare to Lead by Brene BrownThe 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene


  • 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 March 2019”

  1. I love that people are still buying The Song of Achilles!

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