Tsundoku is a Japanese word that every bibliophile is familiar with, whether they know the term or not! Tsundoku (pronounced like tsoon-doh-coo) means the act of buying a new book and then leaving it unread, usually in a pile with fellow unread books. I do this all of the time, not because I don’t want to read my latest tome, but because time slips away from me, I fancy a different book, or because it’s another gorgeous vintage or thrifted book that I will undoubtedly read or at least page through eventually. The tsundoku is so real. I just adore books, and everything about them!
See what I mean – this is an example of my very own tsundoku realness. Though I will say that I have glanced through The Fur Book of Knowledge and the Cobwebs from a Library Corner!
I find a certain comfort in tsundoku, though, as though by having those unread books, I know I’ll always be sure of company, and of new adventures, just waiting for the right time to visit. Goodness, I love the word tsundoku!
Namaste ~ Ella
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