Buying Books and Not Reading Them

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@brokenbee (7736)
Philippines
April 10, 2016 1:57am CST
While scouting for notebooks at the supermarket last Friday, I got interested with a notebook that had writings on the cover. I had seen there some words that don't have English equivalent. As I scanned the words, there was one that struck me. Tsundoku. If I remember it right, it said, it is the act of buying books and not reading them. I can relate. Haha! I opened my cabinet a few days ago and I found an unopened plastic bag, still having the receipt stapled on it, but I could no longer read what was printed. There are two pocketbooks inside and I never had the time to read them. That's aside from the other pocketbooks that I have, some are also unread. When did I buy them? When I was still in college. I think I was already a graduating student when I started buying and reading, and when I graduated, I didn't have enough time to read these. I had to go to Manila for my review and I left these at home. Have you encountered that word before? Do you buy books and just leave them unread? By the way, tsundoku is a Japanese word.
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@LadyDuck (81272)
• Switzerland
10 Apr
I imagined that tsundoku is Japanese, I have checked the word on Wikipedia. When I buy a book I read it, I see no reason to pile up books in a room and never taking the time to read any of them.
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@brokenbee (7736)
• Philippines
10 Apr
Maybe they keep it as one of their collections.
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@LadyDuck (81272)
• Switzerland
10 Apr
@brokenbee May be, but the books need a lot of space, I know because I am an avid reader, my husband too and we have plenty of books.
@annierose (14853)
• Philippines
11 Apr
I love books very much and I do not feel bored whenever I have books to read. I have my book shelves in my room already because of my love of reading.
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@toniganzon (32039)
• Philippines
10 Apr
I haven't heard of that word before but I knew that it's japanese. i don't buy books that I don't read, but i have downloaded books on my iPad that i haven't read yet.
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@brokenbee (7736)
• Philippines
10 Apr
Hihi I wonder if that is counted hihihi!
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@toniganzon (32039)
• Philippines
11 Apr
@annierose (14853)
• Philippines
11 Apr
Do you prefer hard copies or the one downloaded to your phone? I prefer hard copies for they are easier to read than the ones in phones. The only disadvantage of hard copies is that they are heavy to carry.
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@Lucky15 (29997)
• Philippines
10 Apr
Yep. I am like tsondoku
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@brokenbee (7736)
• Philippines
10 Apr
Hihihi! I will start reading my other books. I promise! Lol
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@Lucky15 (29997)
• Philippines
10 Apr
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@brokenbee (7736)
• Philippines
10 Apr
@Lucky15 hahaha I said, I will just start reading them. I didn't say I will finish the book. Hihihi! Most probably, The fist page... or the first paragraph... or the first sentence only. Ahaha
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@scheng1 (22901)
• Singapore
10 Apr
One day, you will read them. I have bought many books and keep them for years before reading. Sometimes when you know that you have a long wait for the doctor, or the flight to depart in the airport or on a vacation, you will come with a book or two, and you will read.
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@brokenbee (7736)
• Philippines
10 Apr
Yes, I think I have to start reading them now when I have no tasks to do.
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@annierose (14853)
• Philippines
11 Apr
I never have done that and waited for years to read. When I have an appointment to a doctor, I just prefer to read the magazines on their display. I could not concentrate reading stories when I am waiting for someone.
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@scheng1 (22901)
• Singapore
11 Apr
@annierose I do not read those magazines. Too bad people have touched these, and nearly all of them are full of virus when they touch the magazines.
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@rina110383 (21694)
10 Apr
No, every time I buy book, I won't waste a minute and immediately read it. I won't sleep unless I'm done reading it. Call it excitement.
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@brokenbee (7736)
• Philippines
10 Apr
That's nice hmmmmm! Me, I even had review books that still looks new. Awwww I'm so bad!
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@annierose (14853)
• Philippines
11 Apr
I do that too. Even inside a vehicle, I could not stop myself browsing the pages. I love to digest every word and every ideas. I think I have been addicted with books for a very very long time that it makes me sad that I could not buy a new one to read because of busy schedule.
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@Marty1 (12976)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
10 Apr
@brokenbee I have seen the word but was not aware of what it meant or the language. And as for me experiencing it. I have att least200 or more sitting in the attic waiting for me to read them. Plus i have several different spots in my bedroom full of books waiting to be read, and then I also has over a thousand books on my Kindle and i also belong to two book clubs online that offer unlimited amounts of books that i can read each month then use the website of two different library systems in my area that I use their e-libraries and download books so i can exchange them whenever and not have to get a ride to the library and have the Library actually opened! I have exchanged books when i have awakened at 3 or 4 in the morning! My local library doesn't have long hours and closes ear;lFRidyaa nd Saturday and doesn't open at all on Sunday! S it is easier to use the E-library!
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@annierose (14853)
• Philippines
11 Apr
Wow! I am jealous of you. I have never tried Kindle? Downloading from them is free or not? I wonder how can I get a membership online to be able to read books. I want to give it a try too.
@Marty1 (12976)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
11 Apr
@annierose That depends on the book. They do have free ones and some from 99 cents to 3 dollars but new ones by famous authours are about 12 -15 dollars i think.You can get Kindle Unlimited and get all you can read from a selection of almost a million books last time i heard it was 700 thousand books t6hehy aren';t the most popular books but i love it as it is 9 .99 a month for all you can read in that selection! Amazon does have an app for Kindle you can read online or a smart phone or you can buy the Kindle for a one time fee. I always had the actual Kindle machine! I don;t have a smart phone, so i never got the app! I have apps on my kindle but don't need a Kindle app on a Kindle machine that would be pretty weird if possible to do even it! And the app is free i know my cousin uses it on his smartphone and my sister used it till she got a Kindle this past Christmas from her husband!
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@annierose (14853)
• Philippines
11 Apr
@Marty1 Thanks! It is a great idea for book lovers like me. For sure, you can never be bored even once in your life because of too many materials that you can read.
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@allen0187 (16083)
• Philippines
11 Apr
I have books that up to now are in their original plastic/paper bags from the day I bought them. I'll read these books but not just now. That time will come, I'm sure of it.
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@annierose (14853)
• Philippines
11 Apr
Maybe you are very busy to have time to read them soon? I think busy people are like that. Sometimes I want to do same thing so when I feel the urge to read comes up, I will just pick one book from my shelves. However, due to financial constraints, I could not do it.
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@allen0187 (16083)
• Philippines
12 Apr
@annierose one is never too busy for the things and person one loves!
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@annierose (14853)
• Philippines
12 Apr
@allen0187 Well, you have a point there. It just too difficult that I have very demanding jobs. Now, I satisfied myself reading and participating in Mylot.
@TRBRocks420 (42116)
• Banks, Oregon
10 Apr
Very interesting to know that, now if I only knew how to pronounce it and, yes I do the same thing lol.
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@brokenbee (7736)
• Philippines
10 Apr
Hahaha! Yes, I think there are a lot who can relate with that.
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@annierose (14853)
• Philippines
11 Apr
I wonder if the book is of interest to you, will you still do the "tsundoku?"
• Roxas, Philippines
10 Apr
I love to read books. I buy only those that i would read. I guess im not a tsonduko. Thanks now i have learned a new Japanese word.
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@annierose (14853)
• Philippines
11 Apr
I got this new word "Tsundoku" and I am getting fond of it. Maybe I can use it in other things but not in reading because I do not my books to wait for me to read them.
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• Philippines
10 Apr
I'd rather not buy books that i won't read. Unless they are important though.
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@annierose (14853)
• Philippines
11 Apr
Then you are not a "Tsundoku."
@marlina (47803)
• Canada
10 Apr
What is the point of buying books and not reading them? Waste of money. You could donate them.
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@annierose (14853)
• Philippines
11 Apr
It is a perfect idea. Many students cannot read well because they do not have an exposure to books. Their family is too poor to buy books for them to read. I hope that there will be some groups who are willing to donate books to these poor kids.
@maezee (20708)
• United States
10 Apr
Very nice. I do this also. Sometimes I start books and just never have the drive to finish them.
@annierose (14853)
• Philippines
11 Apr
Perhaps the story is boring? I bought two novels from book sales. When I started to read each, I felt sleepy. It did fail to get my interest so I just left it.
@zarlamain (22660)
• United States
10 May
I tend to buy a lot of books when I shop at thrift stores and can get them for a quarter each.
@jcj_111776 (3221)
• Philippines
20 Apr
We share the same interest with the kind of books we read How are you arbee? It did happen to me a couple of times when I bought 3 books then totally forgot about it. It took several months before I remembered about them.
@jobelbojel (1306)
• Philippines
12 Apr
My brother is collecting books and he is reading them. I am collecting Alex Delaware novels but I am not reading them. I want to collect all first before I resume reading. I already read the first book which was published in 1980s.
@epiffanie (7418)
• Australia
12 Apr
yes! ..I have done that in my younger years.. I have now a kindle and have more than 500 ebooks but still don't have time to read them..
@josie_ (2764)
• Philippines
11 Apr
Do not tsundoku your cabinet if you don't want a tsunami of books overwhelming you.. Now the word "tsundoku" is forever etch in my memory.
@JESSY3236 (3647)
• United States
11 Apr
That describes me well too. I have a ton of books I haven't read yet. I will get to them sometime.
@ridingbet (19550)
• Philippines
11 Apr
I don't buy books. My son reads e books.
@annierose (14853)
• Philippines
11 Apr
This is the first time I have encountered the word "Tsundoku." There were only 2 novels I bought that I did read but did not finish because I find it boring. I do not know where they are now. Maybe I just donated them because when I was looking for them, there were nowhere to be found. I feel very excited whenever I buy a new book. To be honest, I could not wait opening and reading them once they are already on my hands. And once I get immersed with the events and characters, I do all I can just to finish it fully.