Saturday Snapshot….Books Around The World


January 2…. how are we doing so far into this New Year?  I have been fairly busy with 2 small after Christmas gatherings with friends, a movie with my hubby, and yesterday – working on the First Book Of The Year tradition.  Let me just say out loud.. wow.  I am so glad I continued First Book this year for many reasons, yet the response was still so overwhelmingly positive that it made me so proud to be a part of this amazing community.

For today’s Saturday snapshot I am going to post all the pictures that came in from readers around the world sharing their first books into this new year.  Even if you looked at yesterday’s post, more than likely you did not see all the pictures as more kept coming in throughout the day and evening.  SO AWESOME.  But first I have to show you what Kathryn at Book Date did… she went a step further with her first book and blew me away.



Right?  Holy smokes!  When I seen her post yesterday I could not believe it!  Look at little First Book Of The Year become a video! Another couple of pictures I need to honorably mention for creativity when sending in their picture.  No, no one had to be creative, but I was amazed to see the fun efforts:

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Ahhhhh!  lol

And so with no further delay…. here are the First Books Of 2016.  If you look at my original post from yesterday in the comments people shared where they were reading from and it was exciting to see the readers all over the world.  Seriously….  wow.



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Thank you so much to everyone who participated.  This was a far larger response than 2014’s and it meant a lot to me to see you all join in as spotty as my attendance has been here over the past 8 1/2 months.  Thank you friends and fellow book lovers.  It is hard for me to explain this, but your participation in this made this entry into New Years a little easier.

Thank you.

Thank you.

I am adding this to Saturday Snapshot because…. it is awesome.

39 thoughts on “Saturday Snapshot….Books Around The World

  1. Thanks for sharing it again and highlighting the video! I looked all through the collage again and noticed the How To Be Brave one for the first time. Love it! You did an amazing job pulling this all together, and thank you for the reminders!

  2. Wow! Sheila, this is amazing! I picked up some wonderful new blogs to follow, and what an amazing collection of books. Kathryn at Book Date blew me away with her video, as did the three who became part of the cover. Fantastic! Thanks for hosting. I’ll be looking forward to participating again next year.

  3. I’m totally amazed at the amount of creativity here. Book people are the best, right? What a 2016 we will all have in this lovely bookish world!

  4. Thank you so much for holding The First Book of the Year. I know it must have been a ton of work for you. It was so much fun – I’m glad I participated!

  5. Wow on the video, Kathryn. Amazing!!! Loved hearing your accent too. 🙂

    And….Wow on the number of folks sending in photos. The clever ones you chose are the ones that also caught my eye yesterday. Very creative.

    Everything is fantastic. Great organizing job, Sheila.

    Thanks for sharing all of this. Such fun.



  6. Thanks for doing this and it was fun trying to match the faces with the blogs I already follow and I found some new friends too! Such varied titles for the 1st Book!

  7. I love this event, and I was blown away by the participation this year, too. A testament to the strength of the book blogging community! I also loved the extra creativity of some entrants, like Kathryn’s video. What fun to not only see a favorite blogger’s face, but to hear her voice.

    Thanks for bringing this event again.

  8. Ha thanks Sheila for all the hard work. I remember a creative little video you had on this blog a few years back, it was about a parcel of or something! Remember enjoying it anyway! Love those creative photos. Thanks for all the hard work, see what you have initiated – a lot of awesomeness of readers around the world!

  9. I loved Kathryn’s video and the clever first book pics. I also love seeing readers/bloggers from around the world and their books. Thanks, Sheila, for all the work it took to put it all together.

  10. That video was awesome! And Juliet Marillier is an excellent author so good on her with her choice.

    Thanks for posting my pic! Arya is now even more famous. 😉 This really is such a great way to welcome the new year of reading. We should be thanking you, instead of the other way around. So…thank you, Sheila…thank you!

  11. Happy New Year, Sheila! I wish you and your family all the best this year. Thank you for doing this wonderful round up of books. I’m blown away by so much creativity and fun! Let’s all have a wonderful reading year in 2016!

  12. This is such a wonderful turnout and it’s SO much fun to see everyone with all the books! The video was FANTASTIC! I enjoyed watching that so much, and the creative ones. How cool! I wonder if they’ll start a trend 🙂 I’m looking forward to trying to hit everyone’s posts. Just now added my link. And hearing what you’re reading and the obvious reason why is so beautiful, Sheila. I think Justin would be very happy if he knew 🙂

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