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Whirlwind16 May 2019 7:07 a.m. PST

How many per year, in an average year?

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2019 7:15 a.m. PST


Dagwood16 May 2019 7:29 a.m. PST

Close to zero, maybe a Sharpe novel, but little history.

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2019 7:38 a.m. PST

How many do I read? At the same time? In a year?

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2019 7:39 a.m. PST

How many do I read? At the same time? In a year? Needed to re-word this one.

21eRegt16 May 2019 7:44 a.m. PST

Question seems obvious to me. Four books in an average year.

Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2019 8:09 a.m. PST

Probably about 14. I alternate with fiction books and I always like to have a book 'on the go'..

Pictors Studio16 May 2019 8:28 a.m. PST

I've probably read about 20 books on the Napoleonic wars in the last 15 years, so about 1 a year or so. For the last 5 years it has been maybe 1 so much less.

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2019 8:41 a.m. PST

At least ten to twenty, not counting researching material.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2019 9:01 a.m. PST

Per year not that many, 2 mabye, used to be 5+ but as my interests spread, other periods also needs some reading.

rustymusket16 May 2019 9:02 a.m. PST

Less than I used to, but I have read a lot over time. One or two a year now, mostly re-reads.

TMPWargamerabbit16 May 2019 9:08 a.m. PST

Cover to cover…. guess 8-10 books. Normally reading for background material on a specific historical battle to design a scenario. Seeking this information increases the book count for "partial reading" (i.e…. chapters) to 40 books in total, since I design and play one historical battle scenario per month on average. Typically need three to four book per scenario, sometimes more for a larger battle. Plus add in interest sources to the mix if they count towards total.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2019 9:09 a.m. PST

zero, ok maybe one on war of 1812

wrgmr116 May 2019 9:17 a.m. PST

Quite a few over the years.

Aethelflaeda was framed16 May 2019 9:23 a.m. PST


robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2019 10:05 a.m. PST

Depends. Some years many. Some years lots.

Personal logo Mserafin Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2019 10:10 a.m. PST

I think maybe about five. I have to balance them with WW2, other historical topics and a certain amount of fiction. Otherwise I'm limited by budget and the scarcity of Napoleonic books from most of my American sources for books.

Mr Jones16 May 2019 10:46 a.m. PST


Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2019 10:54 a.m. PST

These last few years as doing proper research, dozens. Unless some fellows stop occasionally to find more, it should calm down. More or less turning over itself soon.
A lot of ebooks, otherwise I have maybe 70 in paper in the game room.
Now just received 5 on the 30yw…

KSmyth16 May 2019 11:12 a.m. PST

More likely to read about the War of 1812, if that counts. If so, maybe one. Left Napoleonics behind decades ago.

Mike Petro16 May 2019 11:41 a.m. PST

Four, cover to cover in 30 years of interest in Napoleonics. Basic stuff:

Swords Around Throne???(Etling?),
Spanish Ulcer(Gates?),
Waterloo Companion(?)
A little Oman on Kindle.

Enough to have a basic understanding of the lead I'm pushing.

Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2019 12:02 p.m. PST

I have rather diverse interests so maybe 1 a year mixed in with everything else.

dilettante Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2019 12:06 p.m. PST

How many per decade? About 2. :^))

dilettante Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2019 12:07 p.m. PST

Or 0.2 per annum.:^))

irishserb16 May 2019 12:32 p.m. PST

3 in 40 years of gaming, so .075 per year.

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2019 1:43 p.m. PST


huron72516 May 2019 4:50 p.m. PST


Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2019 5:01 p.m. PST

Had some really strong years quite awhile ago.
Now I have a really solid reference library for the bits I'm interested in.

khanscom16 May 2019 7:03 p.m. PST

Close to zero-- I've read most of what I need to research my Napoleonic armies, and the wife (she used to be a book reviewer before retirement) is always encouraging me to read a variety of other types of works.

evilgong16 May 2019 10:49 p.m. PST


langobard Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2019 1:14 a.m. PST

Probably average about half a dozen a year over each of the last 30 years.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2019 4:01 a.m. PST


von Winterfeldt17 May 2019 4:46 a.m. PST

not enough

athun2517 May 2019 5:26 a.m. PST


ConnaughtRanger17 May 2019 12:52 p.m. PST

Golly, for once I'm impressed by me. I usually manage around 10 a year for the past 40+ years – I've got 4 in the hoist at the moment. It begs the question why some people read these Boards if they rarely/never read a book on the subject? Sorry to disappoint Brechtel198 and Gazzola, I do know a bit about the period.

dibble17 May 2019 3:30 p.m. PST

I read what I can when I can but I don't keep count.

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2019 4:52 p.m. PST

Not including Ospreys, Rule Sets, Army books, then about 5 books in the last 20 years.

Sebastian Palmer22 May 2019 11:05 p.m. PST

I reckon on average about one a month. Sometimes more, sometimes less. I've been blogging about 6 years now, on mini-military stuff, in which time I've posted circa 60-70 book reviews on Napoleonic titles.

Six times twelve is 72… sounds about right. I find reviewing and posting on the books helps me internalise/remember them better. And of course there are occasionally some that I don't get around to reviewing.

I have a page listing them all, updated from time to time:


Pete L Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2020 3:26 p.m. PST

15 to twenty a year. This is my favorite period

Handlebarbleep01 Sep 2020 9:37 a.m. PST

Rather more than Mrs Handlebarbleep knows about. I've got knocking on for 1,500 If you count Ospreys and I estimate I've re-read a good 30% of them. Some of them take a while, so about a 80-100 a year? I've always got a minimum of two or three on the go.

At the moment they are: Dawson- Waterloo The Truth at Last
Muilwijk – Standing Firm at Waterloo
Dawson- Napoleon's Waterloo Army
Field-Waterloo: Rout or Retreat

You may detect a theme?

Personal logo SHaT1984 Supporting Member of TMP01 Sep 2020 3:52 p.m. PST

Waterloos something to with trains eh?

In my library collection >200; at the height about 20py: 20 year hiatus so catch up this year >8. Or does re-reading count ? Then it would be >>44.

I'm about to sell off non-essentials but retaining of course WW2; bios and th classics.

Handlebarbleep03 Sep 2020 3:34 a.m. PST


Funny you should mention it, but the odd train spotter volume has cropped up as a Christmas presents over the years!

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