Meet The Reader Series with Renée Paule

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for friends on Goodreads that have similar tastes. I like learning about new books and discussing them with others. 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. Every week or so, I’ll introduce a new reader.

Meet the Reader Series

Today’s reader: Renée Paule

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Q: Did you enjoy reading as a child? If so, what were some of your favorite books?

A: No! I hardly ever read a book and no one read them to me. I started reading when I was around seventeen and only rarely. I got more into books in the early 90s and, more passionately so just after the new millenium when I decided to study English Literature at a London University.

Q: What are some of your favorite books this year?

A: They would have to be ‘The Double’ by Dostoyevsky and ‘The Circle’ by Dave Eggers. ‘The Circle’ because it’s so cleverly true to life and ‘The Double’ because it’s philosophically ingenius.

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Q: What are your favorite book genres?

A: Mainly books with a philosophical thread running strongly through them – as opposed to a thin thread. In other words, books that look at what it means to be a human being and human behaviour, particularly on a cerebral level.

Q: What are some of your favorite authors today?

A: I tend to prefer authors like George Orwell, G.K. Chesterton, Dostoyevsky, Borges and some of the other greats. More modern authors include Kazuo Ishiguro, Kurt Vonnegut and Philip Pullman.

Q: How many books are on your TBR shelf?.books-300x300.jpg

A: I’ve been reducing my TBR shelf recently by reading a lot and also by removing books that I probably won’t ever get around to reading – I’ve been very strict with this. Today there are 40 books on it and I intend to reduce that further.

Q: What’s an emotional book you’ve read this year or last?

A: I haven’t read any emotional books for many many years – I can’t remember the last one.

Q: Is there a book you really didn’t enjoy this year or last?

A: No. I’m pretty fussy when it comes to what I read so I know I’ll enjoy the books I choose.

Q: What book are you reading now?

A: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

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Q: The saying is to never judge a book by its cover, but just how important is the book cover to you?

A: It isn’t. However, when buying a book online and there are more than one version of it, I tend to choose the cover I prefer.

Q: Do you have a blog? If so, what is the name? If not, have you ever thought about starting one?

A: Yes I do; it’s on my author profile on Goodreads. Click HERE for Renée’ s blog.

Q: Have you written anything? 

A: Yes, I’ve five self-published books out at the moment, a sixth sent to a variety of publishers hoping they will take it on, and a seventh in the pipeline.

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Q: Which do you enjoy more: ebooks, physical books, or audio books?

A: Physical is without a doubt my preference; I don’t like ebooks much. I like the idea of audio books because they can be listened to when driving. However, I have tried a few and find it hard to concentrate on them so get a bit lost and have to keep rewinding.

Q: Where do the majority of your books come from? (Library, bookstore)

A: I tend to buy my books online or borrow them from friends.

 

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Just Around the Bend by Renée Paule – Updated

My Review:

22885929.jpgJust Around the Bend by Renée Paule is a book about letting go of the past and living in the now.

I was forewarned ahead of time that Renée Paule’s books make you feel like you’re looking into a mirror. As I continued reading, this became a reality to me and I was pulled into the book and couldn’t put it down. There were many “Aha” moments for me. I also felt a direct connection to some of the author’s experiences and feel I’ve made many mistakes because this is something I haven’t truly gotten over and accepted. It’s amazing these pent up emotions we hold on to inside and don’t even realize it.

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What I loved especially about the book was that the author speaks as if this is something
we are experiencing together by using the word “we.” It’s not like someone telling you what you’re doing wrong, but more of an observation on how we as humans handle our emotions and how we should realize that we’re the ones in control. We’re on a journey together. What are we feeling, why, and how are we supposed to react? This book won’t give you answers or instructions like a self-help book on how you can fix yourself, but will give you the insight and awareness needed to guide you in the right direction to stop this cycle of thinking and behavior.

Here’s something long forgotten by many people in this world-humanity is a team. Whether we like it or not, we work together. On the section titled, “Independence” the author discusses this fact. I recently heard a radio broadcast on NPR regarding the lack of compassion that people have for one another. This is a huge issue, isn’t it? There could be a massive fight going on with someone getting beaten badly somewhere and rather than call 911, people are getting on their cell phones and recording it so they can upload it to YouTube later when they get home, or post it on Facebook. This is horrible. When we start separating ourselves from each other, problems arise. When we stop thinking about humanity and lose compassion for others, we go backwards.

In the section “Humanity is One” the author discusses humans and how we’re wonderfully made. One of my favorite quotes from this section,“The world has many problems and many unhappy people living in it, but we don’t have to be that way to. No matter how miserable we feel we ought to become or how guilty we feel about being happy whilst others are suffering, we won’t make the world a better place to live in. We can only make the world happier by being happier in it; every move counts and the more people make them, the better.-Renée Paule

“We’re humanity and no matter how individual or superior we think we are, we’re part of a greater whole. We can’t find completeness somewhere else any more than an individual part of a one-thousand-piece jigsaw puzzle can. We all belong together and we always will. When we hurt each other what we’re really doing is hurting ourself and damaging the world in which we all must live.” -Renée Paule

“Imagine living in a world where we no longer believe that war can lead to peace. War can’t lead to peace anymore than ignorance can lead to knowledge. War leads to premature death, pain, suffering, hatred, fear and more separation.” -Renée Paule

My favorite sections included: A Bit of a Rant, Completeness, Independence, What If and Other Worries, and Attachment. The simple (Dilly) illustrations make very powerful statements alone.

I think everyone could take something from this book and hope more will read it. It’s not a self-help book at all, so please don’t be afraid to read it if you’re one of those people afraid of those types of books. This isn’t it. This is the author’s journey and at the same time a call to humanity.

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