Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Sorted Books Project

Still lots of book reviews to come, some have been intended for months now, but I am a Bear of Little Brain and easily distracted. Today I was distracted by a Booking Through Thursday question from about a fortnight ago, but not one I've spotted much on the blogosphere. It's called Sorted Books, and you can read all about it here. Do go and have a look, for this to make sense - and the link is fun. (Click on each photograph for a whole series by that photographer). Essentially, the idea is to go through your books, and put the titles together in amusing and revealing ways, not at all intended by the authors. My favourite from the website is Primitive Art; Just Imagine; Picasso; Raised by Wolves. Brilliant.

I could play all day. Most of my books are in Somerset, so I didn't have the widest range to choose from - but I still put together three title-stories. Please do have a go yourself - it's such fun, and I can't wait to see what you come up with. If you do have a go, put a link in the comments.

(Speaking of sorting, keen eyes will notice that I've rearranged my blogs-to-visit list so that blogs beginning 'A' or 'The' are no longer under 'A' or 'T', but the first letter of the next word)

The first tells the tale of the Stephen sisters...

Vanessa and Virginia - Susan Sellers
The Girls - Lori Lansens
A Kind of Intimacy - Jenn Ashworth
Cordial Relations - Katharine Moore
Uncommon Arrangements - Katie Roiphe

The sacredness of tea:

Tea at Four O'Clock - Janet McNeill
Jam and Genius - Angela Milne
Here Lies - Dorothy Parker
The English - Jeremy Paxman
Vision and Design - Roger Fry

And this one's about the perils of road rage...

The Lady In The Van - Alan Bennett
Blaming - Elizabeth Taylor
The Crowded Street - Winifred Holtby
Fire in the Blood - Irene Nemiorvsky
Alas, Poor Lady - Rachel Ferguson


  1. Well done Simon! That was fun to read.

  2. Oh. This could eat up quite a few hours.

  3. I didn't realise there was a trend! On one of my shelves I have a very small pile - "Women in Love" "Experience" "New York". That made me giggle to myself but now I know that there are sites to egg me on...

  4. Very clever! I like the sound of the book "Tea at four o'clock" *looks on Amazon*

  5. Absolutely hilarious! I especially love the last one! Sounds like me driving around town!

    I can tell I will be having fun with book arranging and my camera this evening!

  6. Clever! I think the sacredness of tea would be my favorite. I would love to try this, but I'm afraid I might spend all day sorting.

  7. It was really fun, I wish I had all my books with me. Do have a go!

  8. What a clever idea!



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