Recently I came across the Japanese word ‘tsundoku‘. It means
tsumu, to pile up + doku, to read, punning on tsundeoku, to leave piled up) Noun (informal) the act of leaving a book unread after buying it, typically piled up together with such other unread books
Now, pretty much every book lover will have one or more tsundoku around the house. I went through my shelves this afternoon and made myself a tsundoku shelf. I’m a little ashamed to say that some of the books in this pile have been there since *last* christmas!
And that’s not counting the books I’ve got virtually piled up on my kindle. Perhaps there should be a word for electronic book piles! I’m a sucker for the 99p kindle bargains, thinking that it makes perfect sense to buy the book now, when it’s cheap. After all, I can always read it later…
In previous years I’ve set myself a reading goal – to read so many books in a year, or to read all of my unread books. Perhaps this year I’ll make a concerted effort to at least read the contents of this shelf…
Do you have a tsundoku or two around the house? Is your kindle groaning at the seams?
Beth @ plasticrosaries.com