Ever Hear of TSUNDOKU?

Hi there!

I have a question for you to start this off … Do you practice Tsundoku? Had you ever heard of it?

Tsundoku – pronounced sun doe coo – is a Japanese expression meaning “leaving a book unread after buying it, typically piled up together with other unread books.” The word literally means reading pile. Someone by the name of Sanders said, “the Tsundoku scale can range from just one unread book to a serious hoard.”

Now can you say you practice it? 🙂 I definitely can! First, let me make it clear here that I am not a hoarder of books, I am a collector of books. There is a difference … right?

I have come to the conclusion that buying books and reading them are actually two entirely different hobbies. – Unknown

My reading pile consists of not only hard copies, (in the low hundreds) but it extends to e-books, and also audio books. So, yes, I have hundreds of unread books! Should I be ashamed of that? Well, maybe, but I prefer to embrace the fact that I have found books I am looking forward to reading, albeit many of those will be in the far-off future simply because of the quantity of them. Anyway … isn’t tsundoku a pretty word? 🙂

That is why I am happy to be participating in reading challenges — because I have so many of my own books to read that I can fill almost all of the prompts with them. I do still borrow the occasional novel from the library, because I have lists in my library account of the hundreds of books low thousands of books I want to read. I just can’t help myself!

As usual, on my “Books I’ve read in [whatever year]” page here on my blog, I keep track of the books I’ve read each year. There you can see I continue to read many picture books. It’s a record I keep for myself and for anyone who might be interested.

Now it’s your turn to share.

Do you practice tsundoku? Or, do you have lists of books you hope to borrow or buy to read? Are you participating in any reading challenges?

Thanks for reading, and blessings on your day! Let’s keep in touch.


9 responses to “Ever Hear of TSUNDOKU?

  1. Ooh, the books I have that remain unread fill book shelves that line one wall of my basement. I like to keep them for when I may not be able to get to the library, or at least that’s what I tell myself.

    And my TBR list on Goodreads is now over 3,000, so, I may have problems with books is what I’m really saying here. 😆

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  2. I definitely practise tsundoku. Always have. I will never read all the books I own but I made a bit of a dent during the lockdown. Happy reading! xo

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    • Darlene, I think tsundoku has been part of my life since I was in my early teens, so that’s a long time. I don’t expect to ever read all my books either, especially where I keep adding to them.
      Thanks for sharing. Read on! hugs.

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  3. I have 4 (out of 10) unread books that are duplicates of ones my sister had. 🙂 I tend to read what I am given right away so it does not get put aside and forgotten. Hence, I only get 1 or 2 at a time. I have one on order from library. I have no book list since I have never been an avid reader, but may possibly be becoming one. LOL

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    • What a kind sister you have, Faith! 😉 Becoming an avid reader is a wonderful goal.
      I certainly don’t have the self control you do in the book department, but there’s time for you to change. 🙂 Thanks for your comment.


  4. I am posting the following comment for Sue, for obvious reasons:

    Hi Lynn, just to let you know I’m still enjoying your blogs, just can’t get in with my WP password, not sure why, but I love your book list!!! Thank you for including My Sister the Moon and so many other wonderful books!!

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    • Hi Sue, it’s great hearing from you. I hope the problem can be worked out; it could have been in my own settings, but otherwise you just have to contact the WP Happiness Engineers who will be happy (obviously) to help you.
      I’m glad you approve of my book list, and, of course, your book is on there! I really enjoyed it, although I was very late getting to it. Now I have to obtain book three in the trilogy so I can enjoy it, too!
      Thank for your message, Sue, and stay safe.

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