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.