Monday, January 06, 2014

Nine Years Together - Happy Anniversary


I could have put a flashy Happy Anniversary on the top of this post. But, considering all the changes in the last nine years, the sign above seemed perfect. As of today, I've been writing Lesa's Book Critiques for nine years, and some of you have been with me almost that long. Thank you! We've been through quite a number of changes in nine years. (Who would have dreamt of e-books nine years ago?) I started this blog while I was a library manager in Glendale, Arizona. My husband died in 2010, and I can't forget how many of you sent kind comments, and how many of you gave donations to your local libraries in his memory. Last year at this time my mother and I were driving across country from Glendale to Evansville, Indiana where I would start a new job. You've been with me on that winding road. Thank you for sharing books and friendship with me for the last nine years.

If this was a wedding anniversary, the traditional gift is willow or pottery. I'm not giving you pottery (although if anyone wants to give me pottery, that's a different story). But, we will celebrate, and I'll give you gifts. How about the traditional one-year gift of paper? We'll celebrate for the next week, and I'll offer a book a day, culminating next Monday night. I'll announce the winners on Tuesday, Jan. 14, and, if the weather cooperates, I'll mail them on the 15th.

Each day, I'll announce another book. But, even if you're not interested in the anniversary giveaways, please come back and read the blog. There will still be separate reviews every day, and a fun guest blog one day.

So, let's launch this anniversary giveaway with a debut mystery that many of you might not have read. Today's giveaway is Carol Miller's Murder and Moonshine, a terrific debut set in moonshine country, the Appalachian mountains of Virginia where a tough young waitress becomes an amateur sleuth. To enter the contest, email me at Lesa.Holstine@gmail.com with the subject heading "Win Murder and Moonshine." Please include your name and mailing address. This giveaway, like all the others, will end Monday night, Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. CT. Entries from the U.S. only, please.

Today, we're kicking off the tenth year of discussing books and authors together. Thank you for being with me on this journey. Thank you for being part of my journey through life. Happy Anniversary!

(OK. Now, cue the fireworks. And, that message? Yes, after all these years I still see fireworks when I get to share exciting books with you.)


33 comments:

Christie said...

Wow, can't believe it has been that long. Thanks for all of the good reads. Keep up the good work. Sending lots of hugs to you to keep you warm. Love you. Christie

Jane R said...

Happy Anniversary. It's been quite a ride so far and looking forward to many more years! Keep warm, Lesa!

Lesa said...

Thank you, Christie! I hope you didn't have to go anyplace today. Stay warm, and lots of hugs back. Love you!

Lesa said...

Thank you, Jane! I'm hoping there are many more years of good books ahead of us, too.

Elizabeth said...

Congratulations, you have done a great job previewing books. I enjoy reading the review even if it isn't a book I'm interesting in reading. Keep up the good work. Stay warm and safe.

bermudaonion said...

9 years of blogging is a lifetime! Congratulations!

SandyG265 said...

Happy anniversary. I'm not going to enter for the giveaway since I took Murder and Moonshine out of the library when you recommended it last week. I enjoyed it so someone else should have a chance to read it.

Lesa said...

Thank you, Elizabeth. It says a lot that you still enjoy the reviews even if the book isn't of interest. Thank you!

Lesa said...

It is a lifetime, Kathy. Thank you. I hope I have 9 more years ahead of me.

Lesa said...

Oh, good,Sandy. I'm just as happy that you're getting the books from your library.

Naomi Johnson said...

Congratulations! Nine years - that's a lot of reading! And writing about it!

TFJ said...

Congratulations and here's to "exponentially" 9 more years, Lesa!

I just joined you this year and am so glad to have discovered your blog (via your guest posting on Jungle Red writers).

Thank you for all you do to introduce new and old authors to the greater reading audience.

~Tricia

Rosemary said...

Lesa, I haven't been with you for all of those years, but your reviews are so friendly that I feel I've known you for a lot longer.

I too read your reviews even when I'm not interested in the book (or when I've got such a ridiculous TBR list that the last thing I need is another addition to it...) - you always give us such a good flavour of the story without giving too much away, and of course I love seeing your cats pop in from time to time :-)

Here't to the next 9 years!

Rosemary (in Scotland, where it's wet, wet, wet...)

donna said...

Happy Anniversary - it is so much fun to read your reviews and know that you love books as much as I do - and libraries too! Looking forward to many more years of good reads!
Donna in CT

Lesa said...

And, Naomi? Even when I haven't felt like writing a review, I always want to share books! I can talk books anytime!

Lesa said...

Tricia, Thank you so much for letting me know you joined because of my posting on Jungle Red Writers. (That's a fantastic site, isn't it? I just love those women.) Welcome! I hope you continue to enjoy the postings about books. Thanks for reading with me!

Lesa said...

Rosemary - It's cold, cold, cold here, and I'm about to go out in it in the next half hour or so, just to start my car. If it wasn't for that, I wouldn't be going out at all today. It's 1 degree, but with wind chill feels much colder. (Or so the weatherman is saying.) Thank you! I'm glad people stop by, whether it's to read the reviews or just feel as if they're catching up with me and the cats. It's good to have you stop. (And, I am sorry about the wet weather. I've been reading about how bad it is there. Stay warm & dry.) Hugs.

Lesa said...

Thank you, Donna! I hope we both have many more years of good books and public libraries! Thank you for stopping by to read and discuss books with me.

Mason Canyon said...

Lesa, congratulations on your nine year anniversary blogging. That's a great milestone. Hard to believe how fast time goes by. Thank you for all you do for us readers. You've provided such informative and entertaining posts that have lead me to new authors and wonderful new adventures through books during the past four years that I've been around. I look forward to many more years of your delightful posts.

Congratulations again!!

Lesa said...

Mason, Mason. You know the way to a librarian's heart. As much as I love to review books here, it's because I'm a librarian that I like to share that passion for books. Thank you for letting me know you discovered new authors and new adventures through my posts. It means a lot.

Joe Barone said...

I'm glad you write this blog. I've read some good books at your suggestion.

Lesa said...

Thank you, Joe. Have you tried Terry Shames' books yet? You might like them.

Jen Forbus said...

Happy Anniversary to the woman who inspired me, mentored me...and is a true friend online and in real life. Here's to many more years of sharing books together, Lesa! xoxoxo

Lesa said...

Jen, And, it's a proud teacher who watches the student soar, as you know. You've gone way past what I do with my blog, and you're a star. Congratulations. I know your anniversary is coming up, too. I agree. Here's to many more years of sharing books together, Jen! Hugs!

Beth Hoffman said...

Wow, Lesa. I can't believe it's already been nine years! Congratulations on having such a fabulous and diverse blog, and thank you for all that you do for authors and readers. You are such an inspiration!

Happy Anniversary, my friend!

Anonymous said...

Happy 9th Anniversrary & many more!

Sue Farrell said...

Happy Anniversary. I do so enjoy your blog that I hope it goes on forever.

Sue Farrell said...

Happy Anniversary. I do so enjoy your blog that I hope it goes on forever.

Karen C said...

Congratulations and Happy 9th Anniversary! I've only been with you for a couple of years, but have certainly enjoyed it. Hope you have many more years doing what you do so very well.

susan morrison said...

Lesa, reading your blog each day is like spending a few minutes with a dear friend. Thank you and happy anniversary.

Lesa said...

Thank you all! No matter how long you've been reading my blog, it does feel as if I'm sharing books with friends. Thank you for being here with me!

Ingrid King said...

Happy Annniversary, Lesa! I'm so glad I discovered your blog a few years ago. You've brought so many wonderful books into my life. I've come to think of you as a friend over the years.

Carol M said...

Happy Anniversary!

I've enjoyed reading your blog since I first found you. I think it was on DorothyL. I hope you enjoy and continue to write this blog for many years to come. I've found lots of new authors to read!