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 Midnight Line (Jack Reacher #22) by Lee Child | Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter |
Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan | Twisted Prey (Lucas Davenport #22) by John Sanford |
The Outsider by Stephen King
|KIDS + TEENS
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein | The Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo #3) by Rick Riordan |
A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas | Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi |
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli |
War Storm (Red Queen #4) by Victoria Aveyard | Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss |
Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey | A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss & John Oliver |
The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson #2) by Rick Riordan
The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire: The Graphic Novel #1) by Tui T. Sutherland |
Waste of Space by Stuart Gibbs | Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers |
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard | Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
The Subtle Art of Not Give A F*ck by Mark Manson | Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in LA by Luis J. Rodriguez | A Higher Loyalty by James Comey | The Watergate: Inside America’s Most Infamous Address by Joseph Rodota | 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara | The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish | The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Miguel Ruiz | Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston | Get Over It!: Thought Therapy for Heading the Hard Stuff by Iyanla Vanzant
Obama: An Intimate Portrait by Pete Souza | War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence by Ronan Farrow | You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero |
Michelle Obama: A Photographic Journey |
The Soul of America: The Battle of Our Better Angels by Jon Meacham
- 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 Flowers, Pillow Thoughts, Milk and Honey, and 2Fish.