I’m always looking for friends on Goodreads that have similar tastes. I like learning about new books and discussing them with others, so I decided to experiment with a new idea and thought it would be neat to find readers that I’m friends with on Goodreads and share them with you. Maybe they might be someone you’d like to add too. As I find readers with an interest, I’ll introduce them.
Meet the Reader Series
Today’s Featured Reader: David Huff
(Links provided for all books and authors)
Q: Did you enjoy reading as a child? If so, what were some of your favorite books?
A: I absolutely loved reading as a child. I was an adopted only child, and was reading at quite a young age. The most enormous influence on my reading was my paternal grandmother. I had cousins that lived near the water in another part of the county; when we went to see them, I didn’t particularly enjoy it, mostly because I didn’t learn to swim until I was older. But along the dirt road that led to their house, my grandmother lived in a little square house, a few hundred yards before theirs. She had floor to ceiling bookshelves, which were full, and most every time my parents visited the cousins, they would drop me off at her house and then pick me up at the end of the day. It was paradise! She gave me my first book: Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn (a natural choice for a young grandson). I still have that book, and it still contains some notes, in my 7-year-old handwriting, on the inside cover.
Some other favorites I recall from my childhood: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, The Red Badge of Courage, Treasure Island, Robinson Crusoe, Aesop’s Fables, Old Yeller, The Call of The Wild, White Fang, The Tale of Peter Rabbit. I’m sure there were lots more!
Q: What are some of your favorite books this year or last?
A: That’s a tough list to narrow down … A few 2016-2017 favorites would be Pride and Prejudice, The Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire (definitely a monster bucket list project), Words on the Move, David Copperfield, Paradise Lost, and The Cardinal Turns The Corner.
Q: What are your favorite book genres?
A: History, Biography, Theology, Classic Novels, Poetry, Motivational and Current Events (which would include Politics Economics, Law and Social Issues). I also enjoy books on Music, and a variety of the Great Courses (on Audible).
Q: What are some of your favorite authors?
A: David McCullough, Russell Kirk, Charles Dickens, Victor Hugo, Jane Austen, C. S. Lewis, G. K. Chesterton, John Steinbeck, Peggy Noonan, Ray Bradbury, and Shakespeare, among others. I should also add one of my sons, Matthew Huff, a great book lover and teacher of literature. He is the author of The Cardinal Turns the Corner (#2 above), a collection of poems, and can be found on Goodreads and at his blog, edenbabel.com.
Q: How many books are on your TBR shelf?
A: On the official Goodreads shelf, there are presently five. If I allow that list to get too long, it overwhelms me! On my mental list for the next several years, I’m not sure I could count them all!
Q: What’s an emotional book, or one you won’t forget that you’ve read this year or last?
A: I think probably the most emotional book, to me (and not just this year or last, but all time), is also my very favorite novel, Les Miserables. I remember reaching the part where Valjean and little Cosette were carrying the bucket back through the woods together; that was one of many places where I literally had to put the book down and recover for a while. Such an incredibly complex, wonderful and great story.
In the past couple of years, some books I definitely won’t forget (all of which were emotional, in some way) were David Copperfield, Pride and Prejudice, and The Underground Railroad (a very emotional and powerful book).
Q: Is there a book you really didn’t enjoy this year or last?
A: We probably all try, to one extent or other, to not invest time in books we think we may not enjoy – though there may be some bold adventurers out there who will take a shot in the dark on an unfamiliar book. I’ve done that myself . A couple that come to mind in this category, over this year and last, were Who Rules The World, by Noam Chomsky,
and Lectures on the Philosophy of History, by Hegel.
Chomsky is a very prolific author, whose intellect and career accomplishments I greatly respect; but my views and his are so radically different that it was tough for me to truly enjoy the book. As for Hegel, I think I just need more brain cells! The latter parts of the book were manageable – sort of – but the Introduction (for which the book is most well known) was pretty much impenetrable in places. For me, anyway!
Q: What are you reading now?
A: I’m currently reading, with a Goodreads Group, The City of God, by Augustine.
We have a leisurely timetable on that one, for which I’m grateful. With my son Matt (mentioned earlier), I’m reading Dante’s Inferno. Just, wow.
On Audible, I’m listening to a Great Courses writing course, on Analysis and Critique, taught by Dorsey Armstrong.
Finally, on Kindle, a fascinating book entitled C. S. Lewis and the Art of Writing: What the Essayist, Poet, Novelist, Literary Critic, Memoirist, Theologian Teaches Us about the Life and Craft of Writing.
The last book being a candidate for the world’s longest subtitle!
Q: How important is the book cover to you?
A: Not particularly important, usually, in choosing to read a certain book. In part, because I read more on Kindle and Audible than actual books. That said, I appreciate a well done and interesting cover for the aesthetic value.
Q: Do you have a blog? Have you ever thought about starting one?
A: I don’t have a blog presently, but I have definite plans to start one in the next few months!
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Q: Have you written anything? Have you ever thought about writing your own book?
A: I had a few short essays published many years ago, and am actually currently working on a book. I’m in a one on one intensive writing course, with a great teacher and mentor, and their organization will publish my book when it’s completed (as a part of the course work).
Q: Which do you enjoy more, ebooks or physical books/ How about audio books?
A: That’s an interesting question. For important classics, in particular, I still read physical books (as with Dante and Augustine mentioned earlier). For taking notes, serious study, and books I know I will want to refer to often, physical books are still my favorite. For all my drive time, I am a huge Audible fan. Absolutely love it! And I use Kindle a good bit as well.
My routine is to always have an Audible and Kindle book in progress. When I’m waiting on appointments, or have downtime in an airport, or having lunch or dinner alone, Kindle is excellent. Plus I really like the dictionary feature. And I always have an Audible book for the car. I supplement those two, on fairly regular occasions, with a physical book as well.
One very unusual thing I did (still not sure why) was reading Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (all 6 volumes, unabridged), on Audible. I got several questions from friends on Goodreads about that …. It took me an entire school year, last September to this past May. The reader, David Timson, was outstanding, and the PDF notes for each volume (which constantly littered my car) were helpful as well. Needless to say, I’ve been reading much shorter Audible books of late!
Q: Where do the majority of your books come from? (Library, bookstore)
A: Nothing against the bookstore or library, because I love them both, but these days 95% of my books come from online shopping.
David is an active friend on Goodreads and is always reading something interesting. I’m always inspired with David’s knowledge and his reviews. Does David sound like someone you’d like to be friends with? You can find him on Goodreads by clicking HERE.
I’d like to thank David Huff for participating in the Meet The Reader Series!
If you’d like to see everyone who’s participated in the Meet The Reader Series, you can click on “Meet the Reader Series” in the category section…
As always, thanks for reading! Are you a reader that would like to be interviewed? Please let me know!