As Christmas arrives and the year draws to a close, I find myself wondering a little where the time has gone. It has been something of a year for me. Real life has been quite trying at time, with health scares (fairly manageable fortunately) for myself and OH. In March I stumbled across LibraryThing and its very wonderful Virago Modern Classics group. I joined instantly and have met online some amazing and generous people who are part of the group. This led me on to some equally wonderful book blogs and it was this that spurred me on to start my Bookish Ramblings here. I enjoy sharing book chat and thoughts with people, and I’ve come across some brilliant books I’d never heard of before – and probably wouldn’t have without these online folks.
One of the fun things on LT is the Virago Group’s Secret Santa, which I signed up for this year. My Santee is overseas and I haven’t heard yet that they’ve received their gifts – I do hope they get their safely. My wonderful SS sent two lovely parcels all tied up with ribbon – here they are:
Don’t they look gorgeous?
I managed to put off opening them until today and here they are in all their glory – “Miss Buncle’s Book” and “Miss Buncle Married” by D.E. Stevensons – two lovely Persephones!:
I confess I guessed who they were from when they arrived, as Kerry has been kind enough to send me a duplicate book in the past. But I was thrilled to bits to receive these as the Miss Buncle books have been on my wishlist for so long – and these are lovely new editions with bookmarks included. Thank you *so* much Kerry – I couldn’t have received anything better!
So, I hope all my fellow VMC groupers, and anyone else who reads this blog, has a wonderful festive season – see you all in the new year when I will try to sum up some of my best reads of 2012!!