5 Most Popular Books of the Month: September, 2016

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Amanda Nelson

Staff Writer

Amanda Nelson is an Executive Director of Book Riot. She lives in Richmond, VA.

We love to geek out with stats, and what could be better than using them to see which books Book Riot readers were most interested in? Below are the five most-purchased titles from the previous month.

commonwealth1. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

“In news that made most of us here go “Whaaatttt that’s amazing,” we’ve learned that Ann Patchett, amazing author of Bel Canto, State of Wonder, Commonwealth, etc., and kick-ass indie bookstore owner of Parnassus in Tennessee, has discovered the Read Harder Challenge!” –Amanda Nelson, Ann Patchett Digs the Read Harder Challenge and We Are Tickled Pink


Edward Gets Messy book by Rita Meade and Olga Stern2. Edward Gets Messy by (Book Riot Contributing Editor andBook Nerd podcast host!) Rita Meade

“Edward the pig never pets friendly dogs on the street. He never, ever eats food that spills or splatters. And he never, ever, EVER uses markers or glue sticks or paint. They are just too messy. But what happens when—GLOOP!—a big tub of paint falls on Edward’s perfectly neat little head? Well, it might just turn out that getting messy has its upsides, too. After all, even particular pigs can clean up afterward.” –Karina Glaser, 10 Great Picture Books for Messy Kids

i'm judging you3. I’m Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi 

“Something about September (Back to school stuff? Newly crisped morning air? Leaves dying?) signals new beginnings to me, and that makes me want to read a bunch of organizational/self improvement/get your shit together books. But honestly, how many books from thin, fit ladies about following your bliss and buying a planner can I read in a sitting? Instead, this fall I’m picking up this funny, sharp essay collection about not being an asshole in life or on social media from a woman of color. Let’s do better, people!” –Amanda Nelson, Inbox/Outbox

Monstress Vol. 1 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda4. Monstress, Vol. 1 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

“If monsters are what you’re after, volume 1 of Monstress offers a dark fantasy world populated with humans, gods, talking cats, and hybrid Arcanas that will appeal to fans of Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Maiko is an Arcana, and something monstrous exists inside her. In order to understand it and recover her past, she trespasses into witches’ territory to find answers—and ends up having confront the monster within in order to save herself and her new friends.” –Tirzah Price, 8 Moody (Non-Horror) Reads For Your October Reading List

Mara Wilson and her book Where Am I Now?5. Where Am I Now?, Mara Wilson

“Wilson’s subtitle is “True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame.” The book contains essays about her experiences as a child star and on through her adolescence and into her adulthood. Wilson’s writing is humorous and fun, as well as full of insight into what it means to be young and female.” –Rebecca Hussey, 25 Great Essay Collections from 2016