Meet the Reader Series with David Huff

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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

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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, among1cd98ba3ea152109d37e00cb2bbf234c--reading-lists-reading-books 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.

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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).

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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,

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and Lectures on the Philosophy of History, by Hegel.

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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.

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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.

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On Audible, I’m listening to a Great Courses writing course, on Analysis and Critique, taught by Dorsey Armstrong.

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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. 

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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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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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