29 July 18: The art of arranging books

Happy Sunday.

Colour File HQ is almost buried under piles of sand-filled washing, post-west Wales, and I have a gazillion things to do before heading to colourful Portugal this week, so what am I doing? Sitting in a coffee shop in Chiswick, naturally, watching the world go by (why be decisive when you can deliberate?) I keep thinking back, wistfully, to my perfect book-lined room in Aberporth where I rearranged things at least five times (it’s ok, I was actively encouraged to do so) and finally left them in a satisfying state of spectral glory. I live in hope that subsequent visitors to the house will play around with them, too, like a dynamic book installation (though judging by the fact they were as I left them last year I suspect this may not happen. Should I have left a sign on them, I wonder: ‘Please play with me’?). I know how much you loved these modern, punchy colours when I served them up a week ago so I thought I’d present them to you again but this time in rainbow rather than random order. Tell me, how do you order your books? Height? Colour? Alphabetical? Or subject? And would you have the temerity to ever arrange someone else’s?….. Martha, The Colour File x

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