As you can see, all is chaos.  The disarray is beyond me.   Margery Allingham’s The Tiger in the Smoke  (Folio Society) has tipped over a stack of books–again!  It was so annoying that I wanted, for the first time ever, to sweep up the books and throw them in the trash.

The book slide happened on New Year’s Eve when I reorganized my classics books and had to kick out a bunch of books in other categories, including The Tiger in the Smoke.  I stacked them on the floor in front of another bookcase in need of reorganization. And The Tiger in the Smoke keeps turning up in the oddest places–on the arm of the couch, on top of the newspaper in the kitchen, in the mail tray, on the TV table.  Who is reading it?

I regained my temper and restacked the books.   Please clean my house, someone, anyone, because it’s out of control

The eclectic stack of books I need to reshelve are:

Emily Bronte’s Poems

Mary Stewart’s Thornyhold

Marge Piercy’s Going Down Fast

Swinburne’s Poems and Ballads & Atalanta in Calydon

The Collected Stories of Osbert Sitwell

Edmund Wilson’s Literary Essays and Reviews of the 1930s and 40s

Marilyn French’s The Women’s Room

Bess Aldrich’s The Song of Years

And, of course, The Tiger in the Smoke

They don’t seem to go together, do they?

8 thoughts on “Chaos!

  1. I have just one shelf where this always seems to happen. Whatever books I shelve there they always end up in a heap often bringing others with them. Personally I think we both have a poltergeist.


  2. Frankly, none of my piles of books make any sense at the moment. I have a strong urge to have a major clear out and re-organise (and with the house as well as the books) but I don’t know if I have the stamina. Books have spilled over into the Offsprings’ old rooms too and really things are out of control….


  3. One of ours cats, Tabitha, occasionally pulls books off shelves. Almost always the same few books. Is she trying to tell me something?


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