As someone who frequents used bookstores looking for a steal or a rare book, I often come across lots of copies of the same book in different bookstores.
Usually these books are donated because they’re old and people have grown out of them (as seen by the not recent publishing date of most of these), or for a number of other reasons.
Most of these were popular back in the day (still are, in fact) and by usually prolific authors! Here are some of the books I see the most in secondhand stores in the US (specifically, Florida)!
9. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
This story has become almost a classic.
It’s 20th anniversary is coming (along with Halse Anderson’s memoir in verse, SHOUT) and I think it’s a book a lot of people have read and really understood. Speak talks about rape culture and speaking out and high school and it’s definitely a book that should be on everyone’s list!
I know a graphic novel also released for Speak recently, so that’s also worth a look see, even if it isn’t the original!
8. Graceling by Kristen Cashore
This one is somewhat rare, but I do usually see a copy or two of a book in the Graceling series at secondhand stores! They’re usually in paperback, and the order they show up the most is Graceling, Bitterblue, and Fire!
I bought my copy of Bitterblue from a secondhand store, although I’m still searching for a good condition hardcover of Fire! Crossing my fingers to end up lucky in my search!
7. Sarah Dessen
There’s usually a Sarah Dessen book somewhere on the shelves of the more extensive used bookstores. She’s written quite a lot of books, and it’s usually her older titles that are available.
I’m not too familiar with them, but I did pick up my copy of Saint Anything from a used bookstore! I’m still looking for a copy of Once and For All—Saint Anything is the most recent one I’ve seen so far!
6. Cassandra Clare
If there’s a fantasy novel (besides Harry Potter), it’s usually a Cassandra Clare book, in my experience.
Most of the ones I see are the later books in The Mortal Instruments series (very rarely do I see City of Bones). The old hardcovers and paperbacks are more common than the new paperbacks, and you usually don’t see many copies of any of the books in the other series, most likely because diehard fans who won’t give their books away own that series.
5. L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad
I have no idea what this book is about, but I see it ALL THE TIME. I’m pretty sure this was a pretty popular book back in the late 2000s, early 2010s, and I guess people didn’t like it anymore?
There’s multiple in this series, I believe, and they’re pretty distinctive with their white covers and really big “CONRAD” on the spine! Still haven’t checked it out because it doesn’t seem like my thing, but I hope someone enjoyed it once upon a time!
4. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
The Divergent series appears in this order: Insurgent, Allegiant, Divergent, whatever other novels are in the series.
I think it’s like the book 2 syndrome–if you’re going to donate, it’s easier to let go of later books because you still have book 1 if you want to reread. And Allegiant shows up less because people obviously buy less books of later novels in a series.
I–still haven’t read any of these, and by now, I probably will never read them. But, y’know, it’s a nice though to have a lot of copies available at used bookstores, if I ever do want to pick them up!
3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Oh John Green, how you’ve invaded the bookshelves of many teens worldwide.
You would not believe just how many copies of The Fault in Our Stars I have seen. I’ve seen movie tie in editions, special editions, hardcovers, paperbacks, and everything under the sun.
Either people grew out of it, or they just don’t like it anymore. Either way, if you’re looking to read this, you can almost certainly find it cheap at your local used bookstore (in the US).
None of his other books show up with much frequency, except maybe Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns.
2. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
I have no idea which book is which, but you bet I’ve seen dozens of PLL books.
Honestly, I find the covers to be pretty ugly, but I know these used to be really popular (and especially because people loved the TV show). And who doesn’t like gossip and lies and drama (even I can’t resist books like this from time to time)?!
So I definitely see a lot of these paperbacks, even though I never know which book goes in what order.
1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
I kid you not, at one used bookstore, there were more than 16 copies of Catching Fire in hardcover on a single shelf. They squeezed copies behind more copies, and it was definitely a doozy as they also had around 10 copies of Mockingjay and 8ish copies of The Hunger Games.
The books in this series usually pop up in that order, with Catching Fire as the most frequent (like I said before–sequel syndrome). I think you could make multiple class sets out of the sheer number of copies of this book I’ve seen.
I’ve even seen a perfect, mint condition box set of all three of these books for $8, and will always regret not picking it up because I still don’t own these books (and still haven’t read book 3…oops.)