I am indebted - as I am so often - to Susan at Green Chair Press for this link to the official Sorted Books Project.
'The Sorted Books project began in 1993 years ago and is ongoing. The project has taken place in many different places over the years, ranging form private homes to specialized public book collections. The process is the same in every case: culling through a collection of books, pulling particular titles, and eventually grouping the books into clusters so that the titles can be read in sequence, from top to bottom. The final results are shown either as photographs of the book clusters or as the actual stacks themselves, shown on the shelves of the library they were drawn from. Taken as a whole, the clusters from each sorting aim to examine that particular library's focus, idiosyncrasies, and inconsistencies — a cross-section of that library's holdings. At present, the Sorted Books project comprises more than 130 book clusters.'
When you click on the photos on Nina Katchadourian's site, you will see the rest of the series from each 'sorting'.
And here is a not terrifically amusing one I've just come up with very quickly myself. I will put my mind to creating some better efforts this evening (because, with absolutely no cleaning, tidying, washing or ironing to do [cough, cough, cough], let alone manuscripts to be edited [further bout of ironic ahem-ing] of course I have just masses of time on my hands for playing amusing bookish games).
Why don't you see what your bookshelves can yield? If you post pics of the results on your blog, please leave a comment with link(s) below, and, if enough people join in, I'll put together a compilation of the best 'stories' here in a few weeks' time.
And we'll have a vote.
And I'll send a prize to the winner!
Yeah! Get to it!