Report #00027: Taking Inventory of My Personal Library
Standing in the Ironforge library and reading this, you might be thinking there’s no reason to fill my own home with books when I can just walk across the hall and read the ones here for hours. You’d be thinking incorrectly. When I moved out of Greta’s home, leaving my brother to have it to himself and not questioning what it is a single dwarf male does in the wee hours of the night or who he has over because that’s his bloody business and his sister doesn’t need to know, I asked myself a few questions before I put the gold down to buy my own place.
Is it the closest place to the library that I can find?
Why the fel is the closest place to the library also so bloody close to Tinker Town?
Well, I’m not going to be happier living next to the fel-ridden Forlorn Caverns, now am I?
Are three sets of bookshelves really going to be enough?
I needed a good place to put the tomes, manuals, texts, and such that I’ve collected, as well as the ones I intend to keep collecting. Oh sure, you can find me running over to beg Historian Karnik for help finding information on this or that quite often. Everytime I give someone a tour of Ironforge I make sure to spend at least as much time pointing out the wonders of the Hall of Explorers as I do showing them the Great Forge. There’s still nothing that takes the place of having your own collection of books in your own home, though. Having recently taken inventory of my own personal library, I can now provide a list for those who might be wondering what sort of books you’re better off keeping at home than running back to the library for again and again.
Sprockets and Spacetime: Collected Documents from Research and Development in the Field of Quantum Mechanical Engineering by Sparki Wizzgadget
The Complete Bloody Git’s Guide to The Earthen
The Greatest Race of Hunters – Fiction. It’s about a troll.
A Steamy Romance Novel: Northern Exposure – Never read. Except maybe just once, but we all make poor judgement calls from time to time.
Little Gnome Builds an Airship
The Tale of Alyss Wonderbolt: Snowshoe Rabbits, Mad Milliners, and Hallucinogenic Tea
Know Your Cheese
A Traveler’s Guide to Finding Cheese
Cheese: A Culinary Adventure
Azeroth: Free of the Scourge! (Also, Elves, Gnomes, Tauren, Orcs, Dwarves, Trolls, Naga, Furbolgs, Murlocs, and Especially YOU!) by Grand Marshal Garithos
Moonwells: A Hunter’s Guide to Tracking and Trapping Druids
Grats! You’re Raising a Bear Cub!
Finding Time to Study: A Guide for Mages Who Simply Wish to Study – Picked up from a used books sale in Thermore. Has the intitals J.P. written inside.
About that last one… Aye, I took it to the folks at Gryan Stoutmantle’s camp. Funny thing, though, is that it turns out a whole slew of folks had been bringing in those journals. I figure Brann Bronzebeard himself made more than one copy, figuring that would increase the chances of someone finding it and getting it to the right folks. And since they already had a whole stack of these journals people had been bringing in, I just slipped the one I found right back into my bag and didn’t take it out until I got to my bank vault. I won’t be letting go of it, either. Brann Bronzebeard himself will have to ask me to be turning it over, else it’d take something terribly cataclysmic to get that book away from myself.
This is not the complete list of my books. I did say I’ve got three sets of shelves. And I’m constantly trying to track down more. I’d like to be able to truly consider myself “well read” someday.