Friday, December 4, 2009

Favourite Reads of 2009 Part VI. . .

Today we turn it over to the guys and the library wholesalers - Ron Stadnik from Library Bound in Waterloo and Brad Wojak from United Library Services in Calgary, are two of the most prolific readers in the business and have such a wide range of reading tastes - I look forward to their lists every year because I know I'm going to be introduced to books that have not crossed my radar (plus Ron has chosen one of my own personal favourites this year and Brad is a fellow NYRB Classics fan!)

Ron's Favourite Reads of 2009:

So much for being quirky and esoteric: my choices have never been so mainstream. With books as moving as Dan Baum’s Nine Lives, or as fun to read as Atwood’s Year of the Flood or Born to Run by Christopher McDougall, I’m happy to read popular bestsellers. Special mention for Methland, a book about the life and death of an American small town that could easily be set in southwestern Ontario.


Consumption by Kevin Patterson
The Year of the Flood
by Margaret Atwood
Juliet, Naked
by Nick Hornby
The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist, translated by Marlaine Delargy
Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
Far North
by Marcel Theroux


Ron Stadnik buys and recommends books for national wholesaler Library Bound. More of his favorite books can be found at

Brad's Favourite Reads of 2009:

David by Ray Robertson
Hard Rain Falling by Don Carpenter
This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
Cry of the Sloth by Sam Savage
Stitches: A Memoir by David Small. This is one of the finest graphic memoirs since Maus.
The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death by Charlie Huston
Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower
Thought You Were Dead
by Terry Griggs
The Anthologist by Nicholson Baker
Brad Wojak is the adult book buyer for United Library Services in Calgary.

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