Today, rather amazingly, sees the ninth anniversary of my commencement of the Ramblings – which really is a little mind-numbing (where have the years gone???) I often tend to miss the occasion, randomly stuck in the middle of the year as it is, but something in the back of my mind nudged me this year – which *is* a bit surprising, as during the pandemic era, I have rather lost track of time with one day blurring into another!

I started blogging, really, in response to all the other wonderful book blogs I had started to discover back in 2012. They were a source of such joy, and also great (and very dangerous!) book recommendations. I had also become part of the LibraryThing Virago Modern Classics group community, many of whom had their own blogs, and taking part in group reads and the like fired my enthusiasm to join in with more talking about books.

I think the word ‘community’ represents what I love most about the online bookishness I encounter; whether it’s on blogs, Twitter or Instagram, I just adore sharing my love of the printed word, favourite authors, book hauls, new discoveries or old classics. Books have always been one of the most important things in my life, and so to be able to spend time sharing that bookish love is just wonderful. I always get great joy in interacting via comments, too – so carrying on with my Bookish Ramblings has brought me much happiness over the years.

So thank you to everyone who reads, likes and comments on what I put up here – I’m always happy to hear what people have to say, and long may our love of books continue! πŸ˜€