WHEN we set Camera Club members the task of sending in their best ‘books’ themed pictures we expected an array of tomes, texts and transfixed readers.

And while we have had many spectacular shots of bibliophiles and book piles, many of our ever-inventive photographers took a more unusual approach, sending in images that represent book covers.

There are too many excellent ones to name them all but some of our favourites included Shez Honour's close up of a feline to represent Cat's Eye by Stephen King and a stunning starry night sky by Bryan Robertson for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Oxford's most famous fictional detective also appeared with a vintage bus by Ian White representing Colin Dexter's first Inspector Morse book Last Bus to Woodstock.

Creativity of a different kind was seen in a 3D set of pause made from a book which Melanie Burns received as a present from her sister.

We also loved a pair of snaps of bookish sculptures by Darrell Godliman and Sofi Dural.

The art installation at Leadenhall Market in London and a tunnel of books are monuments to literary appreciation

There were also plenty of traditional book images that stood out.

We particularly enjoyed the beginning of a love of reading which can be seen in Jamiee Dixon's image of her daughter with her nose in a book during her weekly trip to the library.

No book theme would be complete without an image of Oxford's Blackwell's Broad Street shop.

We enjoyed Sharon Allen's image of the store, complete with a row of brightly coloured bikes lined up outside.

Another building image we liked was a black and white shot of the New York Public Library by Derek Bird.

Finally a juxtaposition between tradition and more modern reading methods can be seen in this picture by John Parson of the same 1953 Coronation Bible, one as it as originally printed and a kindle edition.

Next week's theme, inspired by a turn in the weather recently, is rain.

Join our Camera Club – which now has more than 800 members – by visiting facebook.com and searching for Oxford Mail Camera Club.

Also see tomorrow’s Oxford Mail for this week’s winner of £25, sponsored by Jessops.

Happy snapping!