Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Featuring Debbie Suzuki for Book Blogger Appreciation Week

Did you know it's Book Blogger Appreciation Week?

That means you should virtually hug some of your favorite Book Bloggers who provide countless reviews, recommendations, excellent giveaways, and always fill you in on the latest news in publishing.

I'm honored to be a part of this amazing community and I'm excited to participate in the Book Blogger Appreciation Week Interview Swap. I had the fortunate opportunity to meet fellow book blogger, Debbie Suzuki from Debbie's World of Books and learn more about her favorite blog posts and favorite books...

Tell us a little bit about your blog, Debbie's World of Books and why you decided to start blogging.
Debbie's World of Books actually just started out as a way for me to track the books I read and what I thought about them. I decided to create it after I had yet again bought a book I had read long ago and did not enjoy the first time around. I did not even know about the book blogging community when I first began but once I found it, my own blog began to evolve.

What do you see as the benefits of blogging?
It helps with my initial problem of having a way to track what I read, but more importantly I love being a part of the blogging community. I get great suggestions of what to read and find out about books I might have missed otherwise. I’ve started putting together a New Book Finds post each month listing all the great new books I come across and whose blog I found them on.

I also get to hear from people who enjoy the same types of books as me or get an alternate viewpoint on books I’ve read when people leave comments.

What is your favorite blog post and why?
I don’t have a particular post, but a favorite feature that I post periodically called Who Would You Pick? It’s a fun question that pits some of my favorite characters against each other to see who you would pick for a relationship. These are posts where I get to interact more with my readers and see what they think.

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, Book 1)You've said that Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, Book 1) is one of your favorite series. Why would you recommend that to readers?
This whole series is so great. There are so many vampire series out there and they are often compared to Twilight (The Twilight Saga), but I enjoyed this series much more than Twilight. Its main heroine, Rose, is strong and can kick some major butt. The two guys involved in the love triangle with her, Dmitri and Adrian, are both so great that you can’t wait to see who she ends up with. Lastly, it’s action packed as the Moroi, the more peaceful vampires, struggle to survive the attacks of the Strigoi, vampires that relish killing.

Tell us why you recently started another blog, Munchkin's Book Journey.
I love reading and am hoping to also foster a love of reading in my daughter. After my first trip to the library I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of children’s books and trying to figure out ones appropriate for my daughter’s age. So I decided to start Munchkin’s Book Journey to record my daughter’s preferences and hopefully that can help other parents find books their toddlers would enjoy.

Lastly, when you are not blogging, what else do you do?
I’m a full-time working mother of two. I have a 3 year old daughter and an 8 week old son and I help design and test the software product, Dreamweaver. That, blogging and reading pretty much take up all of my free time.

I'm so glad Debbie stopped by and please visit Debbie's World of Books to find some great reading recommendations!

A little about Book Blogger Appreciation Week:
Book Blogger Appreciation was started by Amy Riley of My Friend Amy in an effort to recognize the hard work and contribution of book bloggers to the promotion and preservation of a literate culture actively engaged in discussing books, authors, and a lifestyle of reading.

The first Book Blogger Appreciation was observed in the fall of 2008 and occurs every September. The week spotlights and celebrates the work of active book bloggers through guest posts, awards, giveaways, and community activities. Book Bloggers are encouraged to register their participation for inclusion in a database of book bloggers.

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