I'm amazed that it's been seven years since I created this blog! And as most of you know, I have had my share of doubts, wondering if it's worth continuing. After my recent departure, I received some lovely comments and emails, which made me realize how much I truly enjoy this community of book lovers. Kind words such as these from Gerda in Holland:
I have never responded to anything, but I do read all your posts. So glad you decided to come back even in a different form. I live in the Netherlands and love your blog. Do it anyway you want to, but please, keep coming back, because reading your posts is big fun.
All the best!
I have been reading your book recommendations for close to 15 years now. Don't know what I would have done without them...
Oh dear. I love to read your reviews (do you know how many books I've read because of you, Les?!)
I'm so bummed you are signing off! I have gotten many good book recs from your blog. I hope you will leave it online anyway as a reference of your past reads.
I've read so many book you have recommended, I've cried with you on sad anniversaries, and laughed with you at celebrations.
I will miss your reviews, which have led me to some great reads and steered me clear of some not-so-great ones, as well as increasing the size of my to-be-read list.
Most of all, though, I'll miss the glimpses into your life through your photos and travel adventures.
I'm sorry to hear that, Lesley. You were my #1 source for book purchase ideas for the Palmyra Library.
I had no idea! Each and every friendship I've discovered through this blogging world has enriched my life and brought me great joy and comfort throughout the years.
So, will I be here in another seven years? Probably! :)
Thank you all for making it worthwhile.