January 8, 2021 • Cee • Discussion

Hey 2021, let me go back to 2020 to talk about the books my bookstore sold a lot of in December. K, thanks! 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 December 2020!


Home Body by Rupi KaurDune by Frank HerbertThe Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett | Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline | Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Circe by Madeline MillerDeadly Cross by James Patterson | There There by Tommy OrangeThe Immortalists by Chloe BenjaminDeath Note: Black Edition Vol. 1

The Alchemist by Paulo CoelhoHamnet by Maggie O’FarrellThe Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead | The Song of Achilles by Madeline MillerA Time for Mercy by John Grisham

Deacon King Kong by James McBrideHomegoing by Yaa GyasiThe Guest List by Lucy FoleyThe Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison | A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara


The Deep End (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #15) by Jeff Kinney | Cat Kid Comic Club by Dav PilkeyWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart | Logan Likes Mary Anne! (The Baby-Sitters Club) by Gale Galligan | I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez

 Dog Man: Grime and Punishment by Dav Pilkey | Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier | Pete the Cat: Snow Daze by James Dean | The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling | Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

The Dark Secret (Wings of Fire Graphic Novel #4) by Tui T. SutherlandLook Both Ways by Jason Reynolds | I Am Enough by Grace Byers | Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry | I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont

The Last Kids on Earth and the Skeleton Road by Max BraillierThe Tower of Nero (The Trials of Apollo #5) by Rick Riordan | Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. RichardsJabari Jumps by Gaia CornwallClass Act by Jerry Craft


A Promised Land by Barack ObamaWorld of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil | Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson | The Full Plate by Ayesha CurryBecoming by Michelle Obama

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel RuizRich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. KiyosakiUntamed by Glennon Doyle | The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Macksey | Bag Man by Rachel Maddow

The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene | Is This Anything? by Jerry Seinfeld | Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey | The Truths We Hold by Kamala Harris | Sapiens: A Graphic History Volume 1 by Yuval Noah Harari, David Vandermeulen, & Daniel Casanave

The 99% Invisible City by Roman Mars | Modern Comfort Food by Ina Garten | Sapiens by Yuval Noah HarariThe Best of Me by David Sedaris | The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson


  • 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.)
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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