There are a lot of books and we as readers buy a lot and create a big to-read pile. But how many of these books do we actually end up reading? Not a lot to be honest. If you feel like this applies to you, then you are not alone.
The Japanese word Tsundoku defines this very situation; books you buy but never read. The intention was to read it when you bought it but other books and life came in the way. These things happen because time is frivolous and we spend it like a limitless credit card.
This is a trend that has gained popularity on social media recently and I can think of two groups of people that do this. The first group is the obvious book collectors. They are more interested in collecting books instead of reading them. Their loss. The second group is the one that planned to read it but never got around to it and at this rate probably won’t.
I have done this and one of those situations was being gifted a book. That book seems interesting but not interesting enough for me to read it now. But the more common situation is when I see a book I like or if its on sale and I will save it for a day when I have no reading material. Some books have sat there for a couple of years before I finally decided to read them.
Please Read Your Books
There is another group that I forgot to mention or to be honest, blocked them from my existence and that is the people that use books solely as decorations. Sure the books look great but the pages inside of them offer so much more.
If it isn’t intentional, then I don’t mind it but if some one buys a book and knows that they will not read it, then I mind. Books are meant to be read and while not every book is going to be our favorite, at least giving it a read to see if you like it or not should be the plan.
Are you guilty of tsundoku? How do you feel about this topic? Let us know in the comments below!