great, the Japanese have a word for “the act of buying books and not reading them, leaving them to pile up”: tsundoku http://i.imgur.com/kRgaXcQ.jpg
I love that word. It’s neat, evoking such as specific thing.
I hate that word. There’s a guilty conscience for those books I haven’t read yet!
According to Rapheal Went, “It’s a clever pun, is tsundoku. “tsundeoku” means “things in a pile” and “doku” is “to read”.”
The illustration of tsundoku, above, looks to be from this reddit thread, drawn by the 12 year-old daughter of the writer ‘Wemedge’.
My living room doesn’t have just one pile of books to read, it has several. How about yours?
Here’s a couple of piles of books, stacked up for your viewing.
I do read the books I buy. Eventually.
Two of them I am reviewing for sciblogs – the book with the green spine on the left-most pile (Best Australian Science Writing 2013) and the one below it (the Philadelphia Chromosome*). I’ll get there.
It’s time for Christmas presents, which I figure is excuse enough to bring up that wonderful word tsundoku. Books are a great option; maybe this little post will encourage some readers to try science-oriented books as presents.
Hopefully, the holiday break will offer time to read through some books… Is there a word for un-tsundoku-in-progress?
I’ve read several of those in the photo and am part-way through others of them. Excuse the lower resolution of the photo (it’s hard to read the titles!), but the file size of higher resolutions is a bit much for a blog post.
* The title for the Philadelphia Chromosome has a lowercase ‘t’ in ‘the’; in the original title it’s in italics, ‘the Philadelphia Chromosome’.
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