Veronica Roth's "Divergent" is one of the Top 5 most requested books in Hampton this month.

Veronica Roth's "Divergent" is one of the Top 5 most requested books in Hampton this month. (February 4, 2014)

Top Reader Requests

Each month the booksellers at the Barnes & Noble at Peninsula Town Center in Hampton gather their Top 5 reader requests in fiction and nonfiction. Here is this month's list:

Top 5 Fiction:

"Mockingjay" by Suzanne Collins

"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck" by Jeff Kinney

"Allegiant" by Veronica Roth

"Game of Thrones" by George R. R. Martin

"The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak

Top 5 Nonfiction

"The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism" by Doris Kearns Goodwin

"Lone Survivor" by Marcus Luttrell with Patrick Robinson

"Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War" by Robert Gates

"Killing Jesus: A History" by Bill O'Reilly

"Lean In" by Sheryl Sandberg

Staff recommendations

The Barnes & Noble staff also make monthly book recommendations. Here in their own words are this month's suggestions:

"The Shogun's Daughter" by Laura Joh Rowland: "This book beautifully depicts an enticing view of feudal Japan for the history buff while still offering the reader a page-turning mystery with characters you really become passionate about."

"Another" by Yukito Ayatsuji, Hiro Kiyohara (Artist): "A new student transfers to a high school in Yomiyama and soon becomes embroiled in a deadly mystery. The author translates and recaptures the tone of classic detective fiction in manga format."

"There's More to Life than This 'New Jersey Psychic'" by Theresa Caputo: "The star of TLC's 'Long Island Medium' reveals how she helps people who have lost loved ones find peace, closure and healing. The book is full of positive and helpful hints on development and coping."

"Steelheart" by Brandon Sanderson: "Acclaimed fantasy author turns his attention to the young adult superhero genre. Except there are no heroes, and villains have taken over the world. Sanderson takes the classic revenge trope of 'you killed my father' and turns it into a journey of self-discovery and coping with a gritty reality."

"Kiss the Girls" by James Patterson: "A deadly mystery forces detective Alex Cross into the decision of his life. Does he choose his career which he loves so much or the family waiting at home for him to return safely?"

"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime" by Mark Haddon: "Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic 15-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother. Mark Haddon shows a great insight into the autistic mind, and has some of the strangest and most convincing characters in fiction."

"These Broken Stars" by Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman: "This is a fantastic out-of-this-world teen read! Spooner and Kaufman weave a detailed story with outer space battles, a fight for survival and lots of romance. This is a suspenseful, page-turning read that you won't be able to put down!"

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