Readers in Harker Heights enjoy series and mysteries, if the most popular books at the public library are any indication.

The top four children’s books checked out over the last month included three from a series.

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel,” by Jeff Kinney is the last in a seven-part series that made its way to the silver screen with a movie adaptation in 2010.

“It doesn’t matter what age they are, people come in asking for ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid,’” said children’s librarian Jeanine Madden. “You know it’s popular when you’re asked more than once or twice a day (for a title).”

Other books popular with children at the library include “Divide and Conquer” by Carrie Ryan, the second book in the Infinity Ring series; “The Mark of Athena” by Rick Riordan, the third book in the Heroes of Olympus series featuring Percy Jackson; and “Pinkalicious” by Victoria Kann.

Madden said she anticipates books from Scholastic’s Infinity Ring series to be popular in 2013 as different authors release installments.

“They’re the makers of the 39 Clues series,” Madden said. “(Series) tend to be very popular.”

Young adults, as well, enjoy their series. Librarians report that “Echo” by Alyson Noel, the second book in the Soul Seekers series; “Lullaby” by Amanda Hocking, the second book in the Watersong series; “The Last Wilderness” by Erin Hunter, the fourth book of the Seekers series; and “The Diviners” by Linda Bray, the first in a planned series, were popular among the teen crowd.

Adults, however, flock toward the mystery novels.

“James Patterson is probably one of the most popular authors for adults,” said Kevin Lightfoot, reference librarian.

Patterson’s recent release “Private London” is one of the more popular adult reads at the library.

“They say it’s one of his greatest,” said Lightfoot of the comments he’s heard from patrons returning the book. “He always does a good job. ... People say they can’t put it down.”

Other books adult readers are commenting on include mysteries “The Forgotten” by David Baldacci and “Nano” by Robin Cook. A Christian fiction novel by William Young, “Cross Roads,” also made the top four for Harker Heights adult readers.

Lightfoot expects the new Janet Evanovich novel, “The Husbands List,” which will be released in February, to be popular as well.

Contact Audrey Spencer at or (254) 501-7476

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