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I spent years (decades!) buying books faster than I could read them. Buying the book kinda meant I was half way to reading it. I don't have this problem any more. The cure? - I now buy war games faster than I can play them.

How on earth do the likes of 'calandale' or 'marnaudo' get to acquire, understand and PLAY so many games? Am I'm missing a trick here somewhere? I also see that Marco is a dad and typically has many books in the background. I can only trust that he hasn't actually read them yet - but he is 'half way there'.
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This bothered me until a few years ago when I read an interview with some author that said a bookshelf should not be for showing off all the books you have read, but is more useful for storing books you have not yet read as a personal library to browse for good new books to read. I started looking at both my book and game collection like that and now the amounts of unplayed games or unread books do not bother me the slightest.
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This bothered me until a few years ago when I read an interview with some author that said a bookshelf should not be for showing off all the books you have read, but is more useful for storing books you have not yet read as a personal library to browse for good new books to read. I started looking at both my book and game collection like that and now the amounts of unplayed games or unread books do not bother me the slightest.


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What cured me, finally, was moving everything I owned from an apartment into a house, and from my parents' attic into my own place. I realized I had been lugging around boxes of books that I had kept since college, comic books since I was a teen, games I hadn't played in years.

The physical effort of carrying all this stuff from old place to car, from car to new place, box by box, trunkload by trunkload, was in itself exhausting, proving that these things own you, if you let them.

Slowly, I went through the painful discipline of selling and donating much of this horde. I still have books and games. I don't think I'll ever part with my four issues of The Dark Knight Returns, not anytime soon.

As for books, I go to the library first, and then (if the library doesn't have it), I get it on Kindle. That way, I can read the books without owning them, storing them, carrying them, and then, some day, selling or donating them.
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Cure for Book Collecting?


If you discover such a remedy, keep the vile substance away from me!
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I have been collecting since I was a teenager and have been in the same quandary... until I became a dad. Now I seem to making a significant dent in my "own but have not read section."

The only other thing I can say is this: every once in awhile I take a pile of books I know I won't read or reference again and take it to a place like half price books and sell them. Of course, I never leave without spending some of the money I just acquired but at least I have cleared shelf space for new books.

I also used to collect comics but now have my collection down to about 5 long boxes of key issues ( I have a complete run of Frank Miller Daredevil) Recently, I gave up on collecting comics and now just pick up the trade paper backs instead. Cheaper in the long run and much, much easier to store.
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Jackasses? You let a whole column get stalled and strafed on account of a couple of jackasses? What the hell's the matter with you?
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pete belli wrote:
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Cure for Book Collecting?


If you discover such a remedy, keep the vile substance away from me!


I know a guy who quit, drinking, smoking, collecting books, and playing wargames. All in the same day.

It was a lovely funeral.
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Marco doesn't sleep.

For me, I have way too many unplayed games. But, if I focused on
spending my free time on playing, I could do a lot better. The way
I play, it takes me a week to finish something I should be able to
play in an evening. Plus, I have the advantage of not understanding
what I'm playing.
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Thankfully, no; the condition is terminal ...
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My cure for collecting so many book that they are in piles due to a severe book shelf shortage is to get a Kindle. At least now the piles aren’t getting any bigger and I can, at least, travel around with my library of unread books.
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Well I'm a lot better about reading the books I buy, and I have a lot, many inspired by wanting to learn more about the subject covered by my latest wargame purchase. The games on the other hand are a different story and I've only played about half of what must now be closing in on 400 titles. In the past year it has gotten really bad with probably over 15 purchases where I have taken off the shrink, admired the components and then shelved the game. But I long ago realized I'm about half game collector so that doesn't bother me. Thing is the darn books keep getting in the way of doing some solo play in the evening. Just easier to read a good book before going to bed. The huge GCACW pack is on its way and also a book about the Atlanta campaign which will foil my getting it on the table.
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CaissiaC wrote:

How on earth do the likes of 'calandale' or 'marnaudo' get to acquire, understand and PLAY so many games? Am I'm missing a trick here somewhere? I also see that Marco is a dad and typically has many books in the background. I can only trust that he hasn't actually read them yet - but he is 'half way there'.


Comparing oneself to others is seldom a healthy exercise. Focus on each moment in your life. That's what matters.
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My bookshelves measure 169 linear feet if placed end-to-end. Thus I have no clue what you're on about. laugh
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Read like I do ... about 60-70 pages an hour. Took three novels with me on my recent vacation ... the first was done before the outbound plane landed, the second one complete on day two after: my wife's morning lap swim, and then a morning and afternoon on the beach, and the third one day by the fourth morning.

Fortunately my ability to comprehend wargame rules isn't at that speed. Weeks later and I'm still trying to understand Empire of the Sun's rulebook.
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DaveyJJ wrote:
Read like I do ... about 60-70 pages an hour. Took three novels with me on my recent vacation ... the first was done before the outbound plane landed, the second one complete on day two after: my wife's morning lap swim, and then a morning and afternoon on the beach, and the third one day by the fourth morning.

Fortunately my ability to comprehend wargame rules isn't at that speed. Weeks later and I'm still trying to understand Empire of the Sun's rulebook.

That sounds unfortunate rather than fortunate to me, but maybe I'm missing something.
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Twice addicted:

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DaveyJJ wrote:
Read like I do ... about 60-70 pages an hour. Took three novels with me on my recent vacation ... the first was done before the outbound plane landed, the second one complete on day two after: my wife's morning lap swim, and then a morning and afternoon on the beach, and the third one day by the fourth morning.

Fortunately my ability to comprehend wargame rules isn't at that speed. Weeks later and I'm still trying to understand Empire of the Sun's rulebook.


I dunno, lately I've been feeling annoyed by this built-up desire to get through games and books. So, I've been trying to slow down and savor them. If doing so still makes me feel pressured, then I have too many games/books.
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Hello all,

The problem I have is that I find biographies of aircrew, pilots etc who flew and fought in ww1 and ww2 sitting on shelves of charity (thrift) shops.
Nearly all of the people involved have passed on and I see these windows into the past just left there. My shelves are like a retirement home for these old memoirs. it drives my wife mad!shake

Other genres I like, which invariably are all things military.

Specifically:

Age of sail,
Submarines,
Ww2
Ww1
Napoleonics
American Indians ... sorry cowboys!!whistle

I think by having a few books on each subject you can find out about the not so well known facts at a particular battle e.g.:

The Battle of Trafalgar 1805 (not the London riots). The Captain Digby of HMS Africa (50guns) missed the signal to give chase to the Spanish/French fleet, the night before.
When he realised what was happening he set sail to catch up and when the Allied fleet turned back to Cadiz was able to catch up! He went along the whole line blasting at everything his ship could until he came up upon the San Tissma Trinidad (the biggest ship afloat 140guns) put his ship alongside and captured it!! - not David Howarths words but mine from his book- Trafalgar the Nelson Touch.

Another amazing account is from the German Ace pilot Heinz Knock - I flew for the Fuhrer, his accounts of his career and attacking the US heavy bombers head on is astounding! You almost see the wall of lead he flew into, so well written.

Enough of my ramblings... I don't know what will cure me?? Probably when I kick the bucket??
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My cure for collecting books has been collecting games.

It sounds like a joke, but there is a grain of truth in it. Over the last 15 years my game collection has increased five fold while my book collection has halved.

In one of my books, "freakanomics" they say that the number of books in a child's home is one of the things that correlates the most with academic success at school. This is apparently not about whether the books are read by the child or not, but lots of books is an indicator of an upbringing favourable to academic success. I wonder what will happen to kids of parents that only books through electronic devices.
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Why would one look for a cure?
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I have never been unduly worried about acquiring books faster than reading them, and the invention of e-readers has only exacerbated it. It is not something to be "cured", as having a love of reading and knowledge should be embraced for the vicarous pleasure and escape it provides.

I am, however, a lot more circumspect these days about new titles to curate and add to my reading backlog. A good deal of my reading is e-books from the library - can borrow titles anywhere, anytime and download them, and the three-week loan period (sometimes extended to six) is pretty good motivation to get on with the reading. (And the service, like dead-tree libraries, is free.)
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DaveyJJ wrote:
Read like I do ... about 60-70 pages an hour. Took three novels with me on my recent vacation ... the first was done before the outbound plane landed, the second one complete on day two after: my wife's morning lap swim, and then a morning and afternoon on the beach, and the third one day by the fourth morning.

Fortunately my ability to comprehend wargame rules isn't at that speed. Weeks later and I'm still trying to understand Empire of the Sun's rulebook.


Yeah, I read most of my books on a device. I make the font HUGE. Means I can get through a 4500 page book in about 6 hours. Gives new meaning to "it's a real page turner". whistle
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pete belli wrote:
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Never thought a cure was needed. The books will be read and the games will be played. Someday.
If I'm not playing them quickly enough for others, then oh well.
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My cure for collecting books has been collecting games.

It sounds like a joke, but there is a grain of truth in it. Over the last 15 years my game collection has increased five fold while my book collection has halved.

In one of my books, "freakanomics" they say that the number of books in a child's home is one of the things that correlates the most with academic success at school. This is apparently not about whether the books are read by the child or not, but lots of books is an indicator of an upbringing favourable to academic success. I wonder what will happen to kids of parents that only books through electronic devices.


Not true in my case.
My habbit of collecting books is fueled by wargames. When I'm playing a wargame about a topic I don't know a lot about... I have the habbit to start looking for books about the topic.

Just to give an example... I recently bought a book about the Franco Prussian war to read when I'm playing At Any Cost: Metz 1870
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