December 7, 2018 • 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, 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 November. Let’s take a look. (Hint: it’s a very Michelle Obama month!!)


The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho | Fire & Blood by George R.R. MartinCrazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan | Past Tense (Jack Reacher #23) by Lee ChildThe Reckoning by John Grisham

Target: Alex Cross by James PattersonNine Perfect Strangers by Liane MoriartyThe Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather MorrisRich People Problems by Kevin Kwan | Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci

Elevation by Stephen King | China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan | There There by Tommy OrangeHomegoing by Yaa GyasiArtemis by Andy Weir


The Meltdown (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #13) by Jeff Kinney | The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas | Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald: The Original Screenplay by J.K. RowlingCrush by Svetlana ChmakovaDog Man: Lord of the Fleas by Dav Pilkey

Kristy’s Big Day (The Babysitter’s Club Graphic Novels #6) by Ann M. Martin and Gale Galligan | Tales from a Not-So-Happy Birthday (Dork Diaries #13) by Rachel Renee Russell | Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch: The Deluxe Junior NovelizationSupernova (Amulet #8) by Kazu KibushiBe Bold, Baby!: Michelle Obama by Alison Oliver

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. RowlingTo All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny HanDear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich | The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories #1) by Chris ColferCoraline by Neil Gaiman


Becoming by Michelle ObamaMichelle Obama: A Photographic JourneyAlways Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in LA by Luis J. RodriguezDare of Lead by Brene Brown | The Mamba Mentality: How I Play by Kobe Bryant

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck by Mark Manson | Homebody by Joanna GainesCook Like A Pro by Ina GartenThe Odd 1s Out by James Rallison | Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents by Pete SouzaThe Laws of Human Nature by Robert GreeneBorn A Crime by Trevor NoahObama: An Intimate Portrait by Pete SouzaG’Morning, G’Night!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You by Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jonny Sun


  • Michelle Obama is winning this month!!!!
  • 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? 


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