October 4, 2021 • Cee • Discussion

We’re selling a lot of the same books now, and I can’t wait to see new titles.

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 September 2021!


Punk 57 by Penelope DouglasNo Longer Human by Osamu Dazai | The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins ReidUgly Love by Colleen HooverAtlas Six by Olivie Blake

 Dune by Frank Herbert | The Song of Achilles by Madeline MillerVerity by Colleen Hoover |   People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry | Beach Read by Emily Henry

Circe by Madeline MillerThe Secret History by Donna Tartt |  It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover | The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart TurtonThe Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn MuirBeautiful World, Where Are You by Sally RooneyMy Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh | Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuistonThe Heart Principle by Helen Hoang


They Both Die At The End by Adam SilveraGustavo the Shy Ghost by Flavia Z. Drago | The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes | We Were Liars by E. Lockhart | Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

Heartstopper Vol. 1 by Alice OsemanFriends Forever by Shannon Hale | Scythe by Neal ShustermanHooky by Miriam Bonastre Tur | Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston

Mothering Heights (Dog Man) by Dav Pilkey | The Cruel Prince by Holly Black | We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal | Spy School at Sea by Stuart Gibbs | Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen


The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz | Crying in H Mart by Michelle ZaunerSacred Woman by Queen Afua | The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene | The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk |

Perfect Day to Boss Up: A Hustler’s Guide to Building Your Empire by Rick RossMastery of Love by Don Migue Ruiz | For Brown Girls with Sharp Edges and Tender Hearts: A Love Letter to Women of Color by Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodríguezby  | To Selena, With Love by Chris PerezWho Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

Atomic Habits by James Clear | The Power of Now by Eckhart TolleRich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. KiyosakiThe Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan Peterson


  • 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.
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 Books Customers Are Buying in September 2021”

  1. Jess C says:

    I always really enjoy seeing lists of books people are *actually* buying. I’m not at all surprised to see Penelope Douglas on the list but Gideon The Ninth did surprise me–it’s been out for a while.

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