Posted by: jockmackenzie | March 20, 2016


Jerry Williamson IMG_0979

READER OF THE DAY # Jerry Williamson

I don’t know anyone who reads more than Jerry. His old school method of recording his reading is the yellow pad shown in the picture. It lists over 750 books – a variety of genres.

His real reading began when he retired and it has continued unabated. He has a stack of books beside his living room chair, many of them are from the Red Deer Public Library while others are borrowed from friends. How does he choose his books? A circle of book reading friends and the Toronto Globe and Mail are two main sources.

But not everyone likes the same thing. Despite narrowing his choices through recommendations, Jerry still finds that he doesn’t love everything that he reads. When I asked him about his last ten books, he said, “How about my last ten good ones.” (and then he couldn’t stop at 10). They are:

The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel

His Whole Life by Elizabeth Hay

This is Mexico by Carol Merchasin

The Illegal by Lawrence Hill

Everything (meaning Plainsong, Eventide, Benediction, etc.) by Kent Haruf

Being Mortal by Arun Gawande

The English Girl by Daniel Silva

Punishment by Linden MacIntyre

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Stoner by John Williamson

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry



  1. Hi Jerry. I have a little red book with codes showing read or not read. A stack by the bed and 2nookshelves sorted in various ways. I’m reading easy ones at the
    Moment because concentration level not as good. Glad to see your list tho. 😄📖📚

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