Booklr started in Ancient Greece, where people fanned over Homer. It continued through to the Library of Alexandra, where the ambition was to have every single piece of literature ever written, and some great literary minds were also the head librarians (Apollonius of Rhodes, Aristophanes) which meant many of the great literary minds were also around there. This, I believe, is the first confirmed documented place where booklr met.
Race forward 200 years and to the Romans. The end of the Republic meant a wealth of authors and literature was around. These authors all knew each other, as well as fanned over older texts! The Romans, always a bit late to the party, but seems to always go bigger. They did not like the booklr being based at Alexandria, so away went the library thanks to Caesar and Rome became the main focal point of booklr (this information may not be accurate).
Rome continued being the main booklr area until Constantine I moved the capital to Constantine, meaning Byzantine became to main booklr area. Literature that was any good ended up there, and the community flourished.
Meanwhile, in Western Europe, the monks copied and recopied texts, but due to a vow of silence for many, discussions were few and far between.
The Renaissance period opened up booklr from one area to many. Florence, Seville, Rome, Paris, all were epicentres for a booklr community. Literature was passed around, discussed, recommended, and it slowly spread through to the industrial revolution, where more people could read, and so more booklr communities popped up. Now London, Edinburgh, Brussels, Moscow, Berlin, and many others had their own booklr communities, and some cases multiple communities.
To the modern era, book clubs started, people were travelling more and easier thanks to the train and eventually the coaches. People had leisure time. Literature exploded. Booklr exploded, and now, in the modern day, the internet means that booklr has gone full circle. We are once again united in one place, and yet spread out throughout the world. We still discuss authors and give recommendations and even write for some of us, so in one way we are still like the Ancient Greeks, but in another, there are a lot more who can be involved, and it doesn’t matter where you are, you can be involved.
tl:dr Booklr is a community where people like books.