Tsundoku is a Japanese word for acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one’s home without reading them. The term originated in the Meiji era (1868-1912) as a Japanese slang.
In fact, according to Katherine Brooks of HUFFPOST most literary types are pretty proud of the practice, steadfast in their desire to stuff shelves to maximum capacity. They’re not looking to stop hoarding, because parting with pieces of carefully curated piles is hard and stopping yourself from buying the next Strand staff pick is even harder.
We do not feel guilty about this at all. After all it was A. E. Newton who said “The buying of more books than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching toward infinity…”
One of our favourite Tsundoku quotes :
“I have no feelings of guilt regarding the books I have not read and perhaps will never read; I know that my books have unlimited patience. They will wait for me till the end of my days.” Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night.
We cherish books even if unread, their mere presence exudes comfort, their ready access reassures…..
Cheers to climbing and getting to the peak of Mount Tsundoku.
Have an Amazing weekend!!!