Today's lists come from Ron Stadnik, the adult Collection Development Specialist at Library Bound Inc. An avid reader, he was unable to narrow the choice down to just 10 (believe me, we all understand, Ron) and so here is his list of top 10 fiction reads and top 10 non-fiction reads of 2008.
Ron Stadnik's Picks:
These are all books that I raved and ranted and pleaded with others to read, books that in some way shook or tore the fabric of time itself for me, transporting me through time and space to other places past and present. All of the non-fiction books transcend their subject matter, which is to say that you needn't climb mountains, listen to country music, be a runner, surf or have an interest in the Dominican Republic or read "spiritual" books to enjoy them.
The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich
The Other by David Guterson
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
The English Major by Jim Harrison
Cockroach by Rawi Hage
Life at these Speeds by Jeremy Jackson
The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
Swan Peak by James Lee Burke
Paranoid Park by Blake Nelson (Young Adult)
King of Lies by John Hart
Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott
Into Thick Air by Jim Malusa
Dead Man in Paradise by J.B. MacKinnon
Fatal Tide by David Leach
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
Warrior Girls by Michael Sokolove
Sing Me Back Home: Love, Death and Country Music by Dana Jennings
Reluctant Genius by Charlotte Gray
On a Wave: a Surfer Boyhood by Thad Ziolkowski
High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an age of Greed by Michael Kodas
"The book guy" at Library Bound for 15 years, Ron Stadnik does Bestseller List selections, manages print ARPs, and can often be found harassing Dewey Divas for Advance Reading Copies.