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The Secret Stories Your Book Titles Tell

By June 29, 2009 culture No Comments

In my short-lived forays into the world of home organization, I’ve found various suggestions for sorting and organizing bookshelves. You can arrange your books by genre or by topic or by color. You can intermix your books with art or photos or trinkets. You can set some books upright and stack others for a casual look, or you could arrange the books by height for a neat and tidy design.

Last week’s Booking Through Thursday challenge adds one more book sorting option: by title.

Not alphabetically by individual title, but rather by clustering the books so that the titles create their own message.

I thought this sounded like great fun, so I created three . . . I think I could have spent hours making messages, but I needed to get on to my other-duties-as-assigned. Here’s what I came up with.

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Book Title Story #1

Sounds like a Western movie . . . starring a nun’s dog . . . that is armed and dangerous . . .

Sister Bernadette’s Barking Dog Eats, Shoots & Leaves Waking the Dead Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Sister Bernadette’s Barking Dog Eats, Shoots & Leaves Waking the Dead Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

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Book Title Story #2

Sounds like a bizarre, melancholic indie flick . . .

Come Along The Healing Path Walking on Water Till We Have Faces

Come Along The Healing Path Walking on Water Till We Have Faces

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Book Title Story #3

Sounds like the start of a poem . . .

Come Closer, Scribbling in the Sand, Writing Down the Bones, Redeeming the Past

Come Closer, Scribbling in the Sand, Writing Down the Bones, Redeeming the Past

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I especially like CeeCee’s BTT entry—it tells the story of redemption in all of its glorious simplicity—as well as kiss a cloud’s BTT entry, which tell mini suspense tales.

What stories do your book titles tell? Wouldn’t it be interesting to develop one of these into a book?! How creative that would be.

  • http://ranchoruperto.blogspot.com Queenie

    This is so fun! I’m afraid to start because it seems like it could get pretty addicting. But I’m not sure I can resist trying my hand at it. . .Thanks for sharing the idea!

    Queenie—Did you notice that I used Till We Have Faces?! I thought of you. —es

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