Read my shelves

By now most of you have probably seen that photo of the bookshelves where the book titles make a sentence. It’s a made-up shelf with real books, but unreal spine artwork, which explains at least two author name typos (Steven King and Nevil Schute). I’m really sick of that photo so I won’t show it here.

But this week a friend of mine on Facebook was playing this game with his niece where they were doing something similar with books they actually own. That got me going this morning in my library and I got so into it I was late getting to my desk for work.

One of the big problems is finding verbs, but that isn’t as hard as finding conjunctions. I did about 14 of them, and I kind of think I will probably do more.

10 thoughts on “Read my shelves

  1. Simon T May 1, 2020 / 11:37 am

    Some of these are quite moving! (Coincidentally, I’m currently reading the top book in the top pic)


  2. Jeane May 1, 2020 / 2:28 pm

    That’s fun. I haven’t seen the photo you refer to, but I did this exercise back in 2008, when I saw it on the book blog Presenting Lenore!


  3. Desperate Reader May 1, 2020 / 3:41 pm

    As Simon says. And like the combination of your books and your sentences.


  4. Susan in TX May 1, 2020 / 4:14 pm

    What fun! It seems like years ago during the Dewey Readathons they used to have a challenge like this – book spine poetry or something?


  5. Malvina Y May 1, 2020 / 6:07 pm

    I read the titles from the top down. Then, for fun, I read them from the bottom up and they also mostly made sense. Thanks!


  6. lizipaulk May 1, 2020 / 8:33 pm

    Looks like fun!! I’ve seen people try book title haikus… 😬


  7. BookerTalk May 2, 2020 / 3:41 am

    I haven’t seen the photo you mention that’s been doing the rounds. Your interpretation is much more fun. My favourite sequence is the one that begins with Bruce Chatwin.


  8. Gail in Washington State May 4, 2020 / 8:21 pm

    Ah, yes….Aiding and abetting poor Caroline


  9. Sarah Faragher May 5, 2020 / 6:37 pm

    “I come as a thief / behind a mask.” OOOH. Whole thing reminds me of the surrealist game Exquisite Corpse. I’ve played the word version and the image version. (Someone just emailed me the fake library shelf image, btw.)


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