I got this for my recent birthday (still young, but each year a little less so 😉 ):
Isn’t that wonderful? I’ll never be able to do anything similar, but I sure appreciate it a lot. I have to confess that an elfish warrior is my favourite RPG character. Not very original, I know, but I’m stable in my preferences. Never had such a great miniature though!
Apart from that, a few rather sad photos. I’ve been bragging about my physical library a lot and swearing I’ll be expanding it forever. I still do, although at diminishing speed – only 24 volumes this year so far, around 2/3 of what I had bought in the first quarter of 2018. I aim to limit my acquisitions to 50-60 books this year and it seems… still doable? Fingers crossed…
It means I will also need to accelerate my other, even newer plan, a plan to get rid of some of the books. I’ll be honest – there were times when I was ready to take just about everything, as long as it had two covers and some pages in-between. I’ve also kept (almost) every book I’ve read, even when I hadn’t liked and was sure I’ll never re-read nor recommend it to anybody.
Then there are school reference books, now obsolete in both content and form. I’m keeping a few favourites, the rest have to go.
Also – some duplicates, I really don’t need two editions of Sun Tzu 😉 And some II World War books of close-to-zero value, presenting outdated, politically motivated views on some very narrow topics.
Almost a hundred tomes, but not a very marketable bunch altogether. I was able to give away 1/4 to family and friends, some I’ve packed into a transparent bag and put next to the local trash bins. Some that I believed could find a new home more easily, ended in this sad box:
It’s been almost a week and only about a third of the have been taken so far.
Several books that had potential I’ve saved for later, when I have time to put them on Allegro (Polish equivalent of eBay), but there are not many – I’m keeping the good books for myself. To put things in perspective – during the last few months I’ve discarded about 120 volumes, less than 5% of my library, and I kept buying new ones.
But the exponential growth of my library was unsustainable.
There are whole categories I’ve decimated, like communist propaganda (never a believer, but they are interesting, in a way), self-published IIWW memoirs, textbooks. A few examples of each – kept, the rest – gone.
Most of the adventure books I’ve loved in my pre-fantasy era will probably go to my cellar. Karol May and suchlike.
Don’t worry though, my living room will forever remain a library, walled with bookshelves on three sides! I’m not giving up 🙂
And now I’ve noticed someone started adding more books to my box… It’s nice to be inspiration, but I hope I won’t end up with more volumes than I had before 😉