Fourteen years ago today, I started Lesa's Book Critiques. It wasn't called that at the time. It was originally called "Nikki's World". After I had reviewed for a while, Maddee James suggested I needed a name for the blog that sounded more like a book blog.
I've told this story before. The Glendale Library System sent me to a three day workshop. I told the director afterwards that I didn't get a lot out of it, but I did learn how to blog. Who knew that workshop would lead to one of the most important pieces of my life?
Here's the very first blog post.
Nikki's World is named for the new kitten we took in the Tuesday before Christmas when she was one of six kittens dumped behind our Main Library in a gift-wrapped box. She's a little Desert Lynx/Tabby combination who weighed just over a pound when we brought her home. Since she was a library cat, as were Lammie and Dickens, our cats born behind our bookshelf, it seems appropriate to call this Nikki's World for a site devoted to books.
And, here's Nikki, fourteen years later.
Hopefully, my blog posts have improved a little since that first one in 2005. The very first book I reviewed here was 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff. It's still a book and movie that I love.
So, Happy Anniversary to us. Thank you to all of you who have been reading with me and commenting here. And, I wish, for all of us, another year of good books.