October 11, 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 May. Let’s take a look.


Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan | China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan | Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan | There There by Tommy Orange | The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Lethal White (Cormoran Strike #4) by Robert GalbraithLeverage in Death by J.D. RobbThe Stranger by Albert CamusPachinko by Min Jin LeeMagpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

Uncommon Type by Tom HanksMonstress Vol. 3: Haven by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda1984 by George Orwell1Q84 by Haruki MurakamiCirce by Madeline Miller


Dog Man: Lord of the Flea by Dav Pilkey | To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny HanThe Hate U Give by Angie ThomasHarry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. RowlingP.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

Kristy’s Big Day (The Babysitter’s Club Graphic Novels #6) by Ann M. Martin and Gale Galligan | Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana SimpsonAlways and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny HanThe Day You Begin by Jacqueline WoodsonSisters by Raina Telgemeir

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate | Holes by Louis SacharThe House With A Clock In the Walls by John Bellairs | Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey | I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez


Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward | Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House by April RyanAlways Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in LA by Luis J. Rodriguez | The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck by Mark Manson | You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero |

 The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater | 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson | Born A Crime by Trevor Noah | The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Miguel Ruiz | Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts by Gary ChapmanIn Pieces by Sally FieldThe 48 Laws of Power by Robert GreeneSapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari


  • Every bookstore’s top-selling books will be different from each other. This list is just for my store.
    • Like August, the Crazy Rich Asians were 1, 2, 3 in my store’s topselling fiction books!! Also, the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy were part of the top 15 in kids/teens books. Asians ftw!
    • August was The Adventure Zone, September was Monstress. YES.
    • The Kids/Teens section is dominated by graphic novels. What can I say, kids love graphic novels.
  • 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 September 2018”

  1. My kid loves graphic novels, so we buy A LOT of them. The newest book in the Amulet series came out in September, so I’ll be curious if that makes your list next month. Also, the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book comes out soonish.

    From YA– I’m wondering if the new Lauren Oliver will sell well– also, kind of sad that SADIE wasn’t on this list :(

    Thanks for sharing– I love seeing stuff like this :)

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