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.
The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton & James Patterson | Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan | The Outsider by Stephen King | The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho | There There by Tommy Orange
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee | In the Woods by Tana French | 1984 by George Orwell | Ready Player One by Ernest Cline | Less by Andrew Sean Greer
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury | Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman | The Handmaid’s Taleby Margaret Atwood | Brief Cases (Dresden Files #15.1) by Jim Butcher | It by Stephen King
|KIDS + TEENS|
Wonder by R.J. Palacio | The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas | A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle | Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi | The Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo #3) by Rick Riordan
Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey | War Storm (Red Queen #4) by Victoria Aveyard | Positively Izzy by Terri Libenson | Big Nate Silent But Deadly by Lincoln Peirce | The List by Patricia Forde
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier | Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi |
The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire: The Graphic Novel #1) by Tui T. Sutherland |
The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book by Jeff Kinney | Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston | Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in LA by Luis J. Rodriguez | The Subtle Art of Not Give A F*ck by Mark Manson | You Bet Your Life: How I Survived Jim Crow Racism, Hurricane Chasing, and Gambling by Spencer Christian | The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Miguel Ruiz
Calypso by David Sedaris | You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero | The Modoc War by Robert Aquinas McNally | What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America by Michael Eric Dyson | The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
Obama: An Intimate Portrait by Pete Souza | How To Change Your Mind: The New Science of Psychedelics by Michael Pollan | A Higher Loyalty by James Comey | The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene | Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
- Every bookstore’s top-selling books will be different from each other. This list is just for my store.
- I’m thrilled The List and Aru Shah and the End of the Time are in the top 15 kids/teens books because those are the two I recommended a lot to customer.
- 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 Flowers, Pillow Thoughts, Milk and Honey, and 2Fish.
Erin @ Lavish Literature says
So glad A Wrinkle in Time is on this list – it’s one of my childhood favourites! Children of Blood and Bone is on my TBR – looks like I’ll have to read it sooner rather than later.