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 May 2023!
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins | A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson | Better than the Movies by Lynn Painter If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin | As Good As Dead by Holly Jackson
The Sun and the Star by Rick Riordan and Mark Oshiro | Dog Man: Twenty Thousand Fleas Under the Sea by Dav Pilkey | The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1) by Kazu Kibuishi | Cat Kid Comic Club by Dav Pilkey | Are We There Yet? by Dan Sanat
Gravity Falls: Journal 3 | The Mermaid Princesses by by Maya Cameron-Gordon | Corduroy by Don Freeman | Pokemon Pocket Comics: Sun & Moon | The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire Graphic Novel) by Tui T. Sutherland
Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill | Gabby’s Dollhouse: Meet the Kittycorn \ The Wild Robot by Peter Brown | Katie the Catsitter: Secrets and Sidekicks by Colleen AF Venable & Stephanie Yue | Pan de Sal Saves the Day: A Filipino Children’s Story by Norma Olizon-Chikiamco & Mark Ramsel N. Salvatus III
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz | The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey | The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama | How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie | Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson | The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene | Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann | There Are Moms Way Worse Than You by Glenn Boozan | The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel
- 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.