I wondered how to sign off this Christmas, but it was always obvious really. I just want to say a big thank you.
First of all, thank you for the books. I’ve bought many, but I’ve also received so many wonderful books this year – from authors and publishers, from the eagerly anticipated to the unexpected surprise – and have so appreciated every one. Because of the rather unexpected ending to my year, there are many that I’ve been unable to read and review as planned and promised – and I do hope to catch up with some later – but the fact so many people trusted me with their words, and wanted me to share my thoughts, always means a great deal to me.
And thank you for the love and support. In addition to the many friends I already value so much, I’ve made so many new friends this year – readers, bloggers and authors. I was totally overwhelmed by all the lovely messages – here, and elsewhere on social media – when I lost my Dad: the ongoing support, as I wrestle with my Mum’s forthcoming move, has meant the world to me. Thank you so much, everyone.
To those of you who consistently and reliably share my posts on Twitter and Facebook (and also to those of you who do it when you can), another enormous thank you. I don’t say “thank you” anything like often enough, but every single share is so very much appreciated. I do try to share yours in return whenever I can, but I know I’ve been falling down on the job a bit recently. I haven’t been able to publicise my own posts as much as I’d like to either – but you’ve all been doing it quite magnificently for me. This book-loving community we’re all part of is so very precious to me, full of some of the loveliest people I know – thank you, everyone.
And thank you for all the lovely conversations – in person, at the lovely events I’m lucky enough to be invited to, by email, on Book Connectors, elsewhere on Facebook and through Twitter. Since my retirement, I’ve been lucky enough to be able to make books the focus of (almost!) everything I do, and I haven’t regretted it for a single instant.
Thank you to everyone I’ve welcomed here as a guest this year – both guest posts and interviews. And thank you to everyone who has commented on my posts – I always really appreciate it.
And a massive thank you to everyone who simply reads my posts. I’m so delighted that so many people enjoy the blog, and I hope my blogging activity can step up again soon. January is still going to be difficult – I haven’t made very many blog promises – but, until things return to normal, I do promise to review the books I manage to read.
I’d just like to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas, precious time with families and loved ones, and a New Year we can all look forward to.
Much love, Anne xx