Sunday, July 15, 2012

Do You Think I’m Obsessed with Books?


I’ve mentioned the video game Skyrim here several times. I’m still playing it a fair amount and enjoying it. Recently, however, a certain ‘behavior’ of mine has come to the forefront in the game. I’m talking about book collecting.

Skyrim is part of a series of games called the Elder Scrolls games, and there are a lot of books in the game. Reading some books gives you perks, leading to improvements in archery or defense or so on, and others teach you magic skills. Many are just there.  Some of these talk about historical incidents. Others are biographies or personal journals. I don’t know how many there are total but I’ve seen over 100 so far.  I find it pretty cool.

And now to the subject of this post.  Many of you know that I’ve got lots and lots of books at home. I’ve reviewed thousands at Goodreads. I’ve got many hundreds more in my TBR piles.  I collect books and keep records of what books I read.  I seek out all the books in certain series that I enjoy.  And now I have become a book collector in Skyrim.

Skyrim allows you to ‘buy’ houses in various cities and I have four such properties now. Each of these properties has actual bookshelves that you can activate and store books on.  I set up a computer file the other night and began systematically collecting the books of Skyrim and putting them into the bookshelves in my various properties.  Many of the books come in series and I’m keeping the series together on the same shelf as I get them. All books have a “value” that is attached to them too, and, interestingly, I’m finding in many series there is one volume that is worth more than the others.  Just like in real life. Now, if only Skyrim had a Goodreads subsite I could access.

So what do you think? Am I certifiable?  Am I a true bibliophile?  Or would the term be bibliomaniac?  While I wait for your answers, I’ll leave you with some pics of real life books in my real life house.



38 comments:

Merisi said...

Definitely bibliomaniac ;-)


(Written while staring at walls of books.)

cloudia charters said...
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cloudia charters said...

What does it say of me that I'm drooling over all that shelf space, and all those meticulously curated books?

If I had a rare, or out of print, or even "normal" book, for every one that I have collected and lost in my years, well....I'D BE Charles Gramlich!

It gives me a small private satisfaction to know that, even as a mere "object" my own slim volume has been Gramlich-ed and is on a shelf. . . . somewhere. . . perhaps a galaxy. . . or web-space far, FAR away!

Wishing YOU & Lovely Lana
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Chris said...

Certifiable. No question.

I tend to keep my book collection culled, but even so it's overflowing. I could easily go 2+ years, even reading 100-125 a year, without buying another one, and my TBR pile would keep me supplied. It is a kind of sickness, I think.

Deka Black said...

Bibliomaniac? naaah, only a.. Ok, you're a bibliomaniac. I think i mentioned this before. But some fans did all the work of collecting the 100% of the Skyrim books and converting them in epub format to be able to read it in his kindle, or whatever dvice they use.

And is a BIG file.

Snowbrush said...

Phile or phage, phage or phile, ah, but THAT is the question.

Keith said...

It's not a sickness. It's an advanced stage of human evolution. We're ahead of our time.

I'm also annoyed that I can't read more of the spines of the books in the pictures. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Don't think I'm quite that organized when it comes to my Skyrim book collection...

Charles Gramlich said...

Merisi, yeah, I think so.

Cloudia, yours is right next to some others by friends on a shelf in the living room. I should take a pic of all those books.

Chris, I know. I've got ten years at least worth of reading in my TBR pile, but it isn't going to keep me from getting more. I know that.

Deka, I think you told me about that. Amazing!

Snowbrush, what a difference a letter makes.

Keith, that bothers me when that happens too.

Alex, you're young yet.

Ty Johnston said...

I've never played Skyrim, so I don't know the parameters of what a player can or cannot do, but as an experienced Grand Theft Auto player, the first thing that popped into my mind was, "I'd find Charles' houses and break in to steal all the books."

Greg said...

That's pretty cool that you can collect books in the game. I'd say "bibliomaniac" is probably accurate -- I'd be the same way if I had the space. I like collecting books, but shelf limitations make me get rid of some to get others, so the collection stays small. But there's something about having a huge collection of books on your shelf, both ones that you've read and ones that you can look forward to reading.

Erik Donald France said...

I think it's really cool. Astonishing even.

Salute & Salud~~!

pattinase (abbott) said...

We are all like you. I have a least two hundred books I have not read-and that's not counting the several thousand lying around here that I've read.

David J. West said...

Hi, my name is David and I have a problem, I am also a Bibliomaniac.

I used to have to buy three books a day but with the help and support of my family I am down to three a week.

Charles Gramlich said...

Ty, don't know if you should steal from the Dovakin, man. I've got bad ass skills in that game.

Greg, I just can't stand to cull. I've tried.

Erik, compadre! :)

Patti, I've got to cut back. I can't get to the ones I really want to read.

David J., you make me want to buy more.

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Charles, I have a hard time keeping track of my modest collection of books half of which I haven't read. Imagine collecting books in a game and keeping track of them! Skyrim must be a very addictive game.

There is variety on your bookshelves. I can see a lot of Stephen King, a Michener here, a Steinbeck and Bradbury there, "Contact" by Carl Sagan (was the Jodie Foster film based on it?), Crichton and Dan Brown too... But the book that caught my eye was "Inside the Third Reich" by Albert Speer. I remember borrowing this book from the library many years ago though I don't remember actually reading it. I do recall watching "Albert Speer: The Architect of Berlin" (if I am not mistaken) on VCR — a very absorbing film on the man who rebuilt Berlin the way Hitler wanted it. Speer, again if I remember correctly, was a moderate who hated what the Nazis were doing. Thanks for sharing these photographs.

Angie said...

I think people who don't collect books are weird. If there's something wrong with you, then I have the same malady, and I imagine most people around here share it too. :)

Angie, who's read one or two Elder Scrolls books too

the walking man said...

When we were cleaning out my moms house between her and my grandmother there were well over 5000 books...I think you've got a good start there. I wonder what it will be like when you retire?

laughingwolf said...

nah... y're just a BOOK NUT, like me! :P lol

while i have several thousand books here, i lost many more, among other things, when my landlord helped himself to most of my things i left behind on the west coast while parenting my kids on the east - he claims he put em 'in storage', yet the manager there could not confirm it... so i lost some $50-60 K worth, including my gmc pickup truck, when prohibited from attending to my business in the west by the government in the east... i was told my kids would be 'seized as abandoned' should i take one step out of the province', despite the fact the kids' aunt would look after them for me while i was away GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

Charles Gramlich said...

Prashant, I was a history minor in college with a particular interest in WWII Germany. That's when I originally got the Speer book. It was definitely a good read. Speer didn't apologise for his role in the 3rd reich but he didn't sugar coat things either. He definitely made some efforts toward bettering the lives of his workers, although the treatment was still horrible, of course.

Angie, I agree. I'm freaked out when I go in a nice big house and they have bookshelves with no books on them, only videos.

Mark, I can't see it getting any better! Unless more books is better, and I kind of think it is.

Laughingwolf, effing awful, man. I don't know how people live with themselves when they take advantage in such situations.

Oscar said...

In my world, Charles, you're normal. I would live in a library, say the New York Library or the Smithsonian or the Library of Congress, to start if I could.

sage said...

I used to be jealous of American Girl dolls, for they linked their dolls with books (which was a wonderful, if not expensive, way to get my daughter into history. Now I see the gaming world is no different! I, too, have too many books. I haven't reviewed 1000s, but have reviewed several hundred online and dozen or so in print.

Lately, I have gotten into giving away books, keeping only those that I know I'll want to use/revisit

Angie said...

Exactly, or when bookshelves are just decor. O_O You know, when someone has a beautiful shelving unit that's tastefully arranged with a combination of vases, statuary, maybe some silk flowers, assorted misc. tchotchkes, plus a dozen or twenty picturesque books spotted around in small groups, some upright and some stacked flat with a little statue or something on top.... [shudder] The whole thing looks like they hired an interior decorator to set it up, and no one's touched it since. The (few) books were bought second hand, based on size and color and how well the binding (weathered, leather, embossed, ragged, etc.) enhanced the look the designer was going for.

Awful. :/

Angie

Bernard Lee DeLeo said...

It's nothing to worry about. It's not a prosecutable offense. If it doesn't annoy Lana, then no harm, no foul. :)

The Golden Eagle said...

I'd say just normal for a writer.

Charles Gramlich said...

Oscar, I've already homesteaded those places, man. :)

Sage, you must be a saint giving away books. I'd probably give blood easier than I would books.

Angie, you speak of a true horror in our world. I shudder when I think of it.

Bernard, Lana just gets a laugh out of it.

Golden Eagle, whew!

G. B. Miller said...

I would say that so long as we don't see you on an episode of "Hoarders" you should be good to go. :D

In all seriousness, so long as your books don't overwhelm your domicile and you're not spending every waking minute collecting and not reading them, I would say that you're definitely an afficionado of the written word.

Charles Gramlich said...

G.B., I'll go with your diagnosis. Whew, I'm ok. Guess I can buy some more books. :)

laughingwolf said...

turns out the government bitch was wrong, i could have left to get my affairs in order...

i learned that after she had retired from the child safety division, or whatever it was called

my stuff was long gone by then :(

jodi said...

Charles-name it anything you want, books are the coolest thing in the world. More is more! Read on..

Charles Gramlich said...

Laughingwolf, not only do few such officials care about the people they serve, many of them are actively nasty and happy to see people suffer. That's why they get into it.

Jodi, will do! :)

Randy Johnson said...

I'm hopeless when it comes to books. I am surely certifiable. I've said it more than once. Readers are like a kid in a candy store. We want everything we see, don't know what to grab first, and given half a chance, we WILL glut ourselves.

Charles Gramlich said...

Randy, yeah, luckily we can't founder on books like a horse or cow can when they drink or eat too much.

nutschell said...

you're a bibliophile, for sure--but then so am I. I have a list of all the books I own, read, have read, and will read too. Love librarything and shelfari!
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Travis Cody said...

I bought my condo because what for normal people would be a dining room, for me is perfect as a library. My books look wonderful on the 5 full book cases.

And now my Kindle has well over 100 more.

Charles Gramlich said...

nutschell, we sound similar. I keep my lists on goodreads. I have an account at shelfari but haven't done much with it.

Travis Cody, good man!

PeriklisB said...

I'm both a Skyrim "addict" and a bibliophile. I'm not collecting in-game books as you mention although it's a very interesting approach to this, very immersive, RPG. Playing Skyrim, I was really excited to find a "choose-your-own-adventure" styled book in the game.

Periklis

Charles Gramlich said...

PeriklisB, I haven't found that one yet. cool.