Here are the most popular books in Hampton Roads City Libraries this year – The Virginian-Pilot

It’s time to get “caught” reading.

The dozens of public libraries in Hampton Roads have a large number of books available, in paperback, hardcover, and e-book form.

To inspire children — and adults — to read this summer, regional libraries are offering summer reading challenges and other programs. You can find more information on your local library’s website.

But what are people reading now? Many libraries offer recommendations for updating the TBR (must read) list online and more to encourage a love of learning and reading.

The Virginian-Pilot compiled a list of the top four books picked from April 2021 through April 2022 at local libraries for adults, young adults, intermediate readers, and early readers. These include non-fiction, fiction, and graphic novels.

Adult

  1. “The Last Thing He Said to Me” door Laura Dave
  2. “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig
  3. “The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah
  4. “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennet

young adult

  1. “One of Us Is Lying” by Karen M. McManus
  2. “Demon Slayer” by Koyoharu Gotoge
  3. “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas
  4. “Six of Crows” Duology by Leigh Bardugo

Average level

  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney
  2. Diary of a Genius Friendly Child Series by Jeff Kinney
  3. Dav Pilkey’s “Dog Man” Series
  4. “Dinosaur!: Amazing Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Creatures Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before” by John Woodward

First Readers

  1. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle
  2. “The pigeon needs a bath!” by Mo Willems
  3. “Pete the Cat Goes to the Doctor” by Kim Dean
  4. “Dragons Love Tacos” 1 and 2 by Adam Rubin

Adult

  1. “The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah
  2. “The Return” by Nicholas Sparks
  3. “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett
  4. “A Time for Mercy” by John Grisham

young adult

  1. “Dragon Ball” by Akira Toriyama
  2. “Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo
  3. Guts by Raina Telgemeier
  4. “Sisters” by Raina Telgemeier

Average level

  1. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School” by Jeff Kinney
  2. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck” by Jeff Kinney
  3. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” by Jeff Kinney
  4. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules” by Jeff Kinney

first reader

  1. “Bob Books, Set 1: Beginner Readers” by Bobby Lynn Maslen
  2. “Bob Books, Set 2: Advancing Beginners” by Bobby Lynn Maslen
  3. “Bob Books, First Stories: Stage 1” by Lynn Maslen Kertell
  4. “Bob Books Sight Words: Kindergarten” by Lynn Maslen Kertell

Adult

  1. “Deadly Cross” by James Patterson
  2. “Spin” by Patricia Daniels Cornwell
  3. Double Jeopardy by Stuart Woods
  4. “The Sentinel” by Lee Child

young adult

  1. “The Legacy Games” by Jennifer Barnes
  2. “My Hero Academia Vol. 1, Bright Future” by Kohei Horikoshi
  3. “The Amazing Spider-Man: Las Remains Companion” by Nick Spencer
  4. Guts by Raina Telgemeier

Average level

  1. “Dragon’s Breath” by Ursula Vernon
  2. “Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kittens” by Dav Pilkey
  3. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End” by Jeff Kinney
  4. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Horrible Truth” by Jeff Kinney

First Readers

  1. Baby Shark: Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo by Scholastic Inc.
  2. “Brown Bear Brown Bear, what do you see? by Bill Martin
  3. “I Believe in Bunnycorns” by Danielle McLean
  4. “Bob and Larry’s Prayer Book” by Peggy Schaefer

Adult

  1. “Thousand Acres” by Jane Smiley
  2. “How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland’s Heroic Role, from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe” by Thomas Cahill
  3. Indianapolis 500 Chronicle by Rick Popely
  4. “Tapestry” by Belva Plain

young adult

  1. “The Seeing Stone” by Kevin Crossley-Holland
  2. “A Aurora Borealis” by Jennifer Donnelly
  3. “An Abundance of Katherines” by John Green
  4. “Artemis Fowl” by Eoin Colfer

Average level

  1. “The Magician’s Nephew” by CS Lewis
  2. “Haunted Castle at Hallows Eve” by Mary Pope Osborne
  3. “Star Wars Encyclopedia” by Stephen Sansweet
  4. “Brown Encyclopedia and the Disgusting Sneaker Affair” by Donald Sobol

First Readers

  1. “Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners” by Stan Berenstain
  2. “Berenstain’s Bear Problem at School” by Stan Berenstain
  3. “The Berenstain Bears and the Slumber Party” by Stan Berenstain
  4. “Animals should absolutely not wear clothes” by Judi Barrett

Adult

  1. “The Marked Man” by Archer Mayor
  2. “The Unknown” by Heather Graham
  3. “Arsenic and Adobo” by Mia P. Manansala
  4. “Foul Play” by Stuart Woods

young adult

  1. “The Project” by Courtney Summers
  2. “Pink Concrete” by Angie Thomas
  3. “Elatsoe” by Darcie Little Badger
  4. “Reign of the Wolves” by Leigh Bardugo

Average level

  1. “Just South of Home” by Karen Strong
  2. “Fearless” by Mandy Gonzalez
  3. “Girls Haven” by Lilah Sturgis
  4. “The Memory Thief” by Jodi Lynn Anderson

First Readers

  1. “Milo imagines the world” by Matt De La Pena
  2. “The Library Bus” by Bahram Rahman
  3. “The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess” by Tom Gauld
  4. “Sunny-Side Up” by Jacky Davis

Adult

  1. Eyes of Prey by John Sandford
  2. “The Hunt for Red October” by Tom Clancy
  3. “Trust Me” by Jayne Ann Krentz
  4. “Paper Doll” by Robert B. Parker

young adult

  1. “Maximum Ride: Angel Experiment” by James Patterson and NaRae Lee
  2. “Maximum Ride: School’s Out Forever” by James Patterson and NaRae Lee
  3. “All-Star Superman Vol. 1” by Grant Morrison
  4. SE Hinton’s “The Outsiders”

Average level

  1. “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs” by Jon Scieszka
  2. “Arthur’s Tooth” by Marc Brown
  3. “Duck on a Bike” by David Shannon
  4. “Cranberry Birthday” by Wende and Harry Devlin

First Readers

  1. “Danny and the Dinosaur Go to Camp” by Syd Hoff
  2. “Oliver” by Syd Hoff
  3. “This is the House Where Jack Lives” by Joan Heilbroner
  4. “Mice at Bat” by Kelly Oechsli

Adult

  1. Sooley by John Grisham
  2. “A Man Who Plays” by David Baldacci
  3. “The Four Winds” by Kristen Hannah
  4. “The Legacy” by Nora Roberts
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young adult

  1. “The Hate You Give” by Angie Thomas
  2. “One of Us Is Lying” by Karen McManus
  3. “Midnight Sun” by Stephanie Myer
  4. “Pink Concrete” by Angie Thomas

Average level

  1. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway” by Jeff Kinney
  2. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End” by Jeff Kinney
  3. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules” by Jeff Kinney
  4. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School” by Jeff Kinney

First Readers

  1. “Super Pete” by Kim Dean
  2. “Pete the Cat and the Lost Tooth” by James Dean
  3. “The Great Biscuit Friend” by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
  4. “Pete the Cat’s Family Road Trip” by Kim Dean

Adult

  1. “The Last Thing He Said to Me: A Novel” by Laura Dave
  2. “The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah
  3. Sooley: A Novel by John Grisham
  4. “A Man Who Plays” by David Baldacci

young adult

  1. “The Fireman’s Daughter” by Angeline Boulley
  2. “The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents” by Suzanne Collins
  3. “A Wish in the Dark” by Christina Soontornvat
  4. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” by JK Rowling

Average level

  1. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: A Wrecking Ball” by Jeff Kinney
  2. “The Witch Boy” by Molly Ostertag
  3. “Stargazing” by Jen Wang
  4. Guts by Raina Telgemeier

first reader

  1. “Elephants can’t dance!” by Mo Willems
  2. “Are you ready to play outside? by Mo Willems
  3. “Happy Pig Day! by Mo Willems
  4. “Dragons Love Tacos” by Adam Rubin

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