Friday, January 06, 2012
Happy Anniversary - To Us
On January 6, 2005, I wrote the first entry in the blog that would eventually become Lesa's Book Critiques. At that time, I called it Nikki's World, naming it after the kitten that was dropped off at the library. Eventually, Maddee James of Xuni.com suggested that I change the name to reflect the book aspect of the blog, and to show it's mine. The second entry on Jan. 7, said, "I'm going to talk about books - what I'm reading, hope to read, quotes, authors, anything about the book world. Hope you want to talk!" That hasn't really changed much, has it? I'm still doing the same thing, with an emphasis on mysteries. And, I'm about to start the eighth year of writing this blog.
As time has gone on, I've enjoyed writing this blog more than I ever imagined. And, I've "met" wonderful friends through it, readers, authors, publicists, publishers' representatives, other librarians. I can't thank you enough for coming here, reading with me, catching me up to date on your reading, and, in some cases, your lives. And, I never would have imagined in 2005 that Jim would die in 2010, and so many of you would be here for me. You commented on his eulogy, and, in some cases, even gave money to your libraries in his memory. I can't thank you enough for all the times you've visited Lesa's Book Critiques.
Times are changing. Barbara Peters from The Poisoned Pen always says, though, that the format may be changing, but people will always want stories. I hope I'll continue to be here with you for quite a while to discuss those stories. I still want to discuss books, particularly mysteries, in whatever format. (Myself, I'm still fond of the actual paper book.)
So, I couldn't think of a good way to celebrate with you. I could only think to offer a week's worth of contests, seven days of them, for the seven years I've been writing this blog. I'll kick it off today, and each morning for the next seven days, I'll tell you what book I'll offer. The winners will all be announced on Thursday night, Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. MT, when I'll then kick off the new year of weekly contests.
Don't worry, though. The next week isn't going to be only about contests. I'll still be reviewing books. But, today I wanted to pause, say thank you, and Happy Anniversary to us.
I'm going to make all of these contests easy this week. For this week only, email me at my gmail address - Lesa.Holstine@gmail.com. Your entries MUST include your name and mailing address. And, each day, the subject line only has to read win...the title of the book. So, to win this book, your subject heading should read - "Win Dead Bolt." That's it. You have until Thursday night at 6 p.m. to enter. Each contest will end at the same time.
The contests are just a small way of saying thank you. Thank you for being here with me for the last seven years. I hope you continue to visit, to read, and to comment as we start the eighth year here at Lesa's Book Critiques. Happy Anniversary, to all of us who love to read and share books.