A novel suggestion (faw faw faw) for how to organize your shelves: set it up so the spine texts form witty sentences. I’d probably kill myself ten minutes after chuckling. Strikes me as one of the loneliest thing one could do, after watching TV in a hotel room. I think the 25 minutes I spent on my fridge’s Magnetic Poetry mess, which I haven’t touched in five years, will be enough boredom-blasting cleverness for me, thank you very much.
Bibliophiles have tried alphabetical by author, by title, by publisher, by genre, by size … Sarah Crown covered ‘em all in her Guardian blog of 2006. But the latest book organisation method making them all Dewey-eyed on the internet is to sort them so the titles form a (fairly) coherent sentence, phrase or message.
The Sorted Book Project is the brainchild of multi-media artist Nina Katchadourian, who says she has been “grouping the books into clusters so that the titles can be read in sequence” since 1993. It’s been a slow-burner, but in recent months its been taken up by various bloggers and many of the results can now be seen on the photo sharing site Flickr.