The thing about books is that I don't get round to reading them ... and they end up taking up too much space in a busy household. Despite the quality, despite the interest ... the shame of it is that I don't enough time to read them and they become a millstone around my neck. I have cracked the Audio "listen to while you travel" conundrum but I have to rationalise what I already have and place emphasis on quality. Aka I have more books than I can possibly still read in the remaining years of my life, so make sure you read the good ones.
Note: That was probably true twenty years ago, but I felt that time was on my side!
So project by project a 'culling' process has begun. It started with the Russo-Japanese war .. beautiful books I have had for in excess of fifteen years and they had to go. They were purchased before I had a family and were never read in the (double digit) time since I have gained one. As per the earlier post I exchanged then for US modern 1/3000 lead, a project I intend to do this year (asap) so I am happy they did not live in vain - they have also gone to a "good house".
My current rational is that I get intense enjoyment out of the painting and modelling aspect so that is where I an going to concentrate my efforts alongside actual game playing (board and tabletop). As in the case of the Russo-Japanese period I am keeping my 1/3000 Navwar kit and the Avalanche Press Russo-Japanese 1904-05 board game to generate historical scenarios. My hope is that the fellow wargamer of the exchange will be inspired to game a few naval actions with me.
The books I "will keep" fall into one of two categories. Those that I have read and mean something to me such as Green's "The Greco Persian-Wars" will be kept "as they are precious to me" (and there are quite a few of those .. so books won't disappear from my house) and those books that are effectively a painting reference or simple order of battle guide. The various Osprey's fall into that genre however .. not all Osprey's will probably be kept just the mainstream wargaming eras. Historical novels may/will have to go en-masse to the various worthy charity shops of this fair land!
Your thoughts are appreciated on the above. I know many other "a gamer" must have faced this dilemma. Is the above "a whim of madness" .. I am prising the "toys" above the "books" as I think all I really need is a good overview but not an exhaustive PhD depth of understanding of each period I play.