What were you reading in 2012?

Each year the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library system sends along the list of the most popular books borrowed throughout the year. The list gives us a good idea as to what sort of topics are of greatest interest to western New Yorkers, as well as who the most popular authors are. The list is a cross section of the 37 libraries, and includes borrowed and downloaded eBook titles. 
List of Most Popular Materials Borrowed from the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System in 2012
Adult Fiction                
1. The Litigators by John Grisham 
2. Private Games by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan
3. The Innocent by David Baldacci
Adult Non-Fiction                 
1. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
2. Killing Lincoln: the Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever by Bill O’Reilly
3. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’ Berlin by Erik Larson
Young Adult/Teen                
1. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins
2. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins
3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Children’s Fiction                                     
1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney
2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney
3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney
Children’s Non-Fiction
1. LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary by Simon Beecroft
2. The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: How Greg Heffley Went Hollywood by Jeff Kinney
3. The LEGO Ideas Book: Unlock Your Imagination by Daniel Lipkowitz
eBooks Fiction                       
Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
eBooks Non-Fiction     
Too Close to the Falls by Catherine McClure Gildiner
Most Requested Books
1. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
3. Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James

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A great 2012 read was Brian Castner's The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life That Follows. Brian is a local author and fellow blogger who I'm proud to know personally. His book has gotten lots of great, thoughtful reviews, and has shown up on many literary lists. He was given a rare, full-hour interview with Terry Gross on NPR's Fresh Air.

Buy a copy or get it from the library, but read it. You'll be glad you did.







- Have the BECPL evolve into a public utility that manages a universal broadband public access fiber optics infrastructure.


Speaking of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, we really need to put together a citizen planning committee and/or public task force that defines a vision for the institution in the next century.

Disruptive technologies are forcing us to rethink the role, form, and civic function of the library. In the digital age, circulating books has become obsolete. It's cheeper to circulate e-readers and to have digital storage of content.

This provides an enormous opportunity to drastically reduce inventory holding costs and free up hundreds of thousands of square feet of space across our community. We can enhance the quality of the public service while saving on operating costs.

Let's engage in a broadly participatory process to reimagine what the library can be as a civic institution in this next century.

Here are my suggestions, beyond digitizing all content and circulating e-readers:

- Transform the Main Library into the "Museum of Buffalo", repurposing hundreds of thousands of square feet of reading and book storage spaces into exhibit spaces, galleries, and all things Buffalo. Let's explore a potential merger with the History Museum and others, so that we can -- in a world class way -- illuminate the most compelling Buffalonian narratives while articulating our history.

- Reassign librarians to positions as curators, exhibit developers, programing planners, scholars-in-residence, and public lecturers -- all focused on building a "Museum of Buffalo".

- Have the BECPL evolve into a public utility that

Sheldon S. Kornpett, D.D.S.
Sheldon S. Kornpett, D.D.S.

The Buffalo Rocket is the only thing on my "must read" list. I believe that the people who win the free pizzas from Bob and John's are God's chosen ones.


Garden of Beasts sounds like a good read; haven't heard of it. It's interesting to see the circulation stats for the BECPL.

The best thing I read this year was "The Only Thing Worth Dying For" about the Afghanistan invasion and the SF team that helped guide Karzai to power. And a horrific instance of fratricide.


In the Garden of Beasts is on my to read list.

Best thing I read this year was Brandon Sanderson's Elantris.


man, i didn't read any of that stuff. did you?

if not, what was the best thing you read this year?


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