A Picture Paints A Thousand Books


I’ve been so surprised and delighted by the response I’ve had to this little idea, of posting a picture which summed up your reading tastes (the only rule being – no books allowed in the picture!) This is mine, which kicked it all off (and, as you’ll see further down the page, I cheated and included another one for me):


It was taken by my friend Cath, and I’d actually put it up in the post before it even occurred to me that it partly represented my reading. I just wanted an excuse to post a pretty picture… but you guys have had such amazing thoughts, and great explanations! Although all the links I’ve found/been sent are here, I thought – since this is a visual challenge – I’d collect up everyone’s wonderful images. The link above the picture is to the blogger in question. Not too late to get a response in, if you like… (I’m afraid it was too daunting to try and get permission from everyone – let me know if you’d rather your picture wasn’t here, and I’ll remove it. Oh, and if you put up more than one image, I’ve just picked one to represent your response. Hope that’s ok!)

Without further ado…

26 thoughts on “A Picture Paints A Thousand Books

  • June 23, 2010 at 10:33 pm
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    Isn't it strange how these pictures have scant few people in them? Unless I'm mistaken, most books are about, you know, people.

    Still, some nice shots here.

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  • June 24, 2010 at 12:07 am
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    wow such variety of pictures ,wonderful ,great idea simon all the best stu

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  • June 24, 2010 at 2:41 am
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    What a nice idea. Each photo seems to say a lot about those who chose them. And I now have several new blogs to check out that are new to me.

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  • June 24, 2010 at 4:56 am
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    I followed lots of these blogs so did see the pictures but to see it all in one go was a lot of pleasure and joy and fun! Thank you.

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  • June 24, 2010 at 5:59 am
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    How beautiful seeing them all up there together! Such a varied lot. Thanks, Simon!

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  • June 24, 2010 at 6:24 am
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    I loved this challenge of yours! This is a visual treat. Thanks for putting all these gorgeous photos together and including mine too :)

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  • June 24, 2010 at 7:10 am
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    Fascinating! the majority of these are so romantic and nostalgic — does that mean that most of us are those things? Beautiful pictures,thanks.

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  • June 24, 2010 at 7:57 am
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    I think that this was an really interesting task, because it can tell you so much about a person, without saying anything at all!

    Plus you have directed me to some new blogs, so thanks for that.

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  • June 24, 2010 at 9:37 am
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    How lovely to see all these in one place. Isn't it interesting how you get even more of an idea about the people who chose the picture from the picture.

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  • June 24, 2010 at 10:39 am
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    I'm neither romantic nor nostalgic Harriet! The rules of the game discouraged pictures directly connected with characters in books which I think answers the query from "The Ape".

    So, Spangle and Savidgereads, what did you discover about me?

    Simon, thank you for setting the challenge and then putting all these pictures up. It was a good idea well executed.

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  • June 24, 2010 at 12:07 pm
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    Dark Puss, I am discovering that you are not nearly as grumpy as you pretend to be! (And it is your comments as well as your picture, that give the game away.)
    Who could not 'take to' a man with a penchant for cats – especially such fine looking cats?

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  • June 24, 2010 at 12:49 pm
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    Such wonderful insight but now I have a massive craving for licorice all-sorts!

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  • June 24, 2010 at 2:27 pm
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    I loved seeing these posts around every one in awhile but it's so weird to see all the pictures in one place. Weird in a good way of course.

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  • June 24, 2010 at 3:41 pm
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    Fantastic post! Seeing all the pictures together is great. I think these pictures give a great over view of each blog – I can really see the individual's book taste shining through.

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  • June 24, 2010 at 3:43 pm
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    Wonderful to see the pictures posted together – I agree with Jackie it does give insight into the blogs! Several new ones to me too.

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  • June 25, 2010 at 5:33 pm
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    This is a wonderful post, a great idea! The picture are so diverse and beautiful. They put me in mind of the covers of many different books….

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  • June 25, 2010 at 11:37 pm
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    I love the variety of images and the thought that went into choosing them. This was such a wonderful idea!

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  • June 26, 2010 at 12:59 am
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    I'm so glad you came up with this – I've loved seeing all the different things people have come up with! Such a great idea.

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  • June 26, 2010 at 9:38 pm
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    Just noticed that my one does have a book in it…whoops sorry!!

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  • June 28, 2010 at 5:51 am
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    What a great idea. It really makes me think about what type of reader I am. I enjoyed everyone's pictures and will try to visit each one's blog to see if what I think the picture means is actually what the blogger meant.

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  • July 4, 2010 at 1:27 pm
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    Thank you for the compilation. It's wonderful. I responded a bit late to the "challenge", but here we go :)

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