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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11 Apr 16
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.
10 Apr 16
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.
11 Apr 16
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.
11 Apr 16
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.