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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

BBAW 2012 :: Interview with SuziQoregon from Whimpulsive

Today I'm pleased to share my Interview with SuziQoregon blogger of Whimpulsive as a part of Book Blogger Appreciation Week!

[Click here to check out the interview she gave me!!]

My Q&A with SuziQoregon :

Jess : Can you tell us a bit about yourself & your blog?

SuziQoregon : I live outside of Portland Oregon with The Hubster and two very spoiled cats. No kids - The Hubster says he's the child in our family and he’s right. My blog really didn't start out to be a book blog. Like many of my fellow bloggers of the "class of 2006" I started my blog as an online reading journal. I didn't know that such a thing as a book blog existed until I started getting comments and browsing other bloggers blogrolls. It initially started out as only about the books I read but over the years I have branched out into other things with my photos and my knitting and crochet projects. That's what prompted the name change back in 2009 to Whimpulsive because it just fit better. It's still primarily about books but as my tagline says Whimpulsive describes both my reading and blogging habits.

Jess : What books did you enjoy reading while growing up?

SuziQoregon : The ones with words. I read anything I could get my hands on. I read books, comic books, cereal boxes, the back of my mom's hairspray can if I forgot to take my book to the bathroom with me. You name it, I read it. As a kid my favorite days were the Saturdays I took the bus to the library (this was ages ago when folks didn't think twice about letting kids do such things). I'd spend hours browsing the shelves and taking out as many books as I was allowed. I would scan the shelves and seek out the fat books because otherwise I'd be done too soon. I wanted more pages to make the reading experience last longer. I'd read my favorites over and over again.

Jess : Out of the books you’ve read thus far in 2012, which characters would you most & least like to invite to dinner, from which book and why?

SuziQoregon : The character I'd most like to invite to dinner from my 2012 books is Armand Gamache from Louise Penny's series that features him. I've had a literary crush on him from the very first book. I could chat with him for hours.

As for the character I'd least like to invite to dinner, well that would probably be Amy from Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl." I won't say why but if you've read the book, I'm pretty sure you'll understand.

Jess : You post some great photos, are you a photographer or an enthusiast? What type of camera do you use?

SuziQoregon : Oh I'm totally a wannabe when it comes to photography. I just play and hope for the best. I love digital photography because I can take a gazillion shots and be completely surprised at how interesting some of them are once I get them downloaded. I'm lucky to live in a beautiful area and never get tired of taking photos. I have a Canon Powershot G11 that I just love that is my real camera.

I also use my iPhone for many of my photos. The Photo-A-Day project hosted by FatMumSlim has made me use my phone camera and editing apps more and more. I've been taking daily photos since mid-March for this and I like the way it makes me look for ways to interpret the daily photo prompts. I’ve been promoting this every month on my blog since I started because it’s fun and fun to share with friends.

Jess : Do you have a favorite place you like to read?

SuziQoregon : My favorite place to read is a comfy chair within sight of moving water (river or ocean) with a nice glass of wine or cold beer. That's also my requirements for any and all vacation destinations.

Jess : Do you have a proudest blogging moment? If so, can you tell us about it?

SuziQoregon : I'm not sure I really have a proudest blogging moment. It's been fun for over 6 years now and full of great moments. I'd say the highlights have been comments from authors, and the friends I may have inspired to start their own blogs.

Jess : What are your top 3 favorite genres to read? Any reasons why?

SuziQoregon : Mysteries, Thrillers, and light stuff that makes me smile. I like to jump around in genres just for the ever changing mood and pace but I read far more mysteries than anything else.

Jess : How many books have you reviewed? Do you have a favorite review of yours that you’d like to share a piece of or have me link too?

SuziQoregon : Oh jeez - I've read nearly 500 books since I started my blog and while the first year they were more quick thoughts and nothing close to a review I have at least talked about nearly all of them on the blog. Picking a favorite would be hard but three years later and I'm still trying to get everyone I know to read "Eli the Good" by Silas House.

[Click here to check out her review!!]

Jess : What book out in 2013 are you most looking forward to reading?

SuziQoregon : I'm probably not a good person to answer this question because I honestly have not paid any attention to what books might be out in 2013. I’m kind of gradually drifting away from reviewing new releases because they’re so thoroughly covered in today’s book blogging world. I'd have to say that 'the next book in any of my current series' will have to suffice for an answer to this question.

Jess : If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?

SuziQoregon : "Slightly Off Kilter and Seeking Balance"

Jess : List 3 books you just recently read and would recommend?

SuziQoregon : I'm going to go with the three from 2012 that I rated 5 stars:

About the Blogger :

I am (alphabetically) a beersnob, blogger, booklover, duck football fan, evil genius trainee, oregonian, photographer-wannabe, wine-enjoyer, & zucchini-hater.

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  1. Thanks Jess! It was fun getting to know you and your blog. Glad you joined in on the BBAW fun this year!

    1. Your welcome -- I enjoyed your answers! I'm glad I found BBAW too!

  2. I love the name of her biography! Interviewing other bloggers is so fun!

  3. Excellent questions! Obviously, I'm going to have to read The Buddha in the Attic because I agree with SuziQ about the other two titles; both are excellent. So fun to learn about the genesis of that love of fat books!

    1. Thanks for stopping by & commenting! =0)

  4. I've been a follower of Suzi's blog for a long while now. She's such a great person and has good tastes in books. I'm really looking forward to reading more of Louise Penny's series. I love her characters.

    Nice to meet you, Jess! Great interview and terrific blog!


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