Meet The Reader Series With GRH

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 reader: GRH

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

A: Yes. The Rev. W Awdry’s Railway series was the earliest I can remember; The Wind in the Willows and Winnie the Pooh are amongst my favourites.

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

A: Never Let Me Go’; ‘The Circle’; ‘Keep The Aspidistra Flying’ and many others.

Q: What are your favorite book genres?

A: Reference; philosophical; spiritual; investigative; psychology; technology and anything that grabs the attention of my interests.

Q: What are some of your favorite authors today?

A: I like George Orwell, G K Chesterton, Dostoyevsky, Kazuo Ishiguro, Kurt Vonnegut, Philip Pullman, George Monbiot, John Pilger, Naomi Klien.

Q: How many books are on your TBR shelf?Bookshelf.jpg

A: 19 and as I reduce those I will add more.

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

A: I’m not sure how to answer that; I think most books stir some emotion even if it is throwing the book in the bin in disgust; but if a book gave me pause for thought then I would say ‘Never Let Me Go’ – so far.

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

A: No, I think most books are pretty much curate’s eggs and I approach them as such.

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

A: Not at all; I like to look at the book covers because I like typographical and graphic design, but they have no bearing as to whether I read it or not.

Q: What are you reading now?

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

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Fear and Trembling by Søren Kierkegaard

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Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

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

A: No and no.

Q: Have you written anything? If not, have you ever thought about writing your own book?

A: Yes. I co-wrote and co-illustrated a children’s book, which is not yet published.

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The Frightened Little Flower Bud – Publishing in Progress

I have thought about writing a book, but the thought floats away like the clouds across the sky.

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

A: Real books without a doubt. Anything else has no soul. Holding a book that is over 100 years old or more is an experience you will never get from your ebook-reader or tape. The smell, the tactility, the finding of a pressed flower, an annotation in the margin or ‘to Mary, 1879’ written in copperplate. Wonderful stuff.

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

A: Second hand bookshops, online, friends.

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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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Publishing in Progress

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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