Editor's Note: In November 2011, Bloomfield Hills residents narrowly passed a a 0.39-mill levy to fund a three-year contract with the Baldwin Public Library, giving them a library to call their own after several years and two previous millage attempts.
From the summer reading titles everyone was talking about, to the controversy surrounding the 50 Shades series, 2012 was a year for the books.
Whether you were reading them the old fashioned way or on a Kindle or Nook, Birmingham's Baldwin Public Library was there for all the trends.
Baldwin's librarians have pulled together a list of the most popular books at the library this year: perfect if you're looking to catch up with what's hot or need a good book recommendation while you're snowed in this weekend.
The following titles are listed in alphabetical order. All were published in 2012 and were put on hold by more than 45 readers at any given time:
- Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
- Broken Harbor by Tana French
- Calico Joe by John Grisham
- The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
- Defending Jacob by William Landay
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- Fifty Shades Freed by E L James
- Gone Girl by by Gillian Flynn
- The Innocent by David Baldacci
- The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
- The Racketeer by John Grisham
- The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani
- Where We Belong by Emily Giffin
- Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
- Winter of the World by Ken Follett
To check out any of these books, visit Baldwin Public Library — next to Shain Park and The Community House — Monday-Thursday from 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m. You can also put any of these books on hold by visiting www.baldwinlib.org.
What were your favorite books of 2012? Leave us your recommendations in the comments below!