Buying Books and Not Reading Them
By arbie bee
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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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.
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.
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
@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!
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
@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!
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.
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.