I think it’s a real thing…
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Any good Bibliophile does this, right..?

Well I do, I cannot walk into a bookstore and leave empty handed. I think I did once, and I was distracted all day by the pit in my stomach. It’s a problem, I know, but not one I’m keen to fix. There are worst things right, then a serious addiction to literature? I suppose it would be less of an inconvenience if I didn’t live in such a quaint little house…
It would also help if I could part with books, but alas, I cannot. Another problem I know. I just can. not. get. rid. of. books! I feel an emotional attachment to them, and maybe that is unhealthy, but I don’t see it changing any time soon. Is there a support group for Bookaholics? I try to imagine it. I see is a bunch of book lovers sitting in a circle, talking about books… wait, don’t we call that a book club? Awesome, there is somewhere to turn. Β and you, yes you reading this right now, you are mine!
So, thank you! πŸ™‚

Can anyone relate?Β I bet you can.

37c337796f2dc299fc874af40a83c0b0Don’t mind if I do.

95 thoughts on “Tsundoku..?

  1. All mine are going to be read. Even though I have more than I can fit in to the rest of my life. Likewise my music. It is good to have choice so that when the mood takes you. Then there is the aesthetics of piles of books. They look good. This is a good thing!

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    • It is! Especially to the like minded πŸ™‚ However, I have gotten my share of looks and comments from those who just don’t understand the beauty and life books give. I love just looking at books, in fact, who needs walls, fill them with books. πŸ™‚

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  2. It used to happen to me A LOT! I still have one whole cupboard full of books I have had to have but haven’t even had the time to read 😦 These days books don’t pile up anymore because I only use my Kindle πŸ™‚

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  3. Well that explains the two over-laden shelves in my bookcase that I haven’t touched in a couple years. I need a third. Just came home from Barnes & Noble with two more books and got one in the mail from Amazon! LOL Love it!

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  5. I wondered if there was a word for it. Up till recently I was proud of having read all the books on my shelves, however there is a creeping Tsundoku as some great reads build little outposts of promise in in amongst all the read and cherished ones…

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  6. I have exactly this problem! If i walk into a place that sales books, I walk out with more than what my arms can handle. It gets worse though, when my husband and I were traveling somewhere, there was a book store that was selling brand new books for under $5 for one or a whole series that can range from $3.50 to $10 depending on the series. We went a little nuts and had to pay an overage on our luggage. (BEST DAY EVER!)

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    • Sounds like a dream come true! πŸ™‚ I make it a point when traveling (not that I do much now-a-days, but even just to the beach or a new city) to find little hidden book nooks. It’s so fun. I found a great one in Hawaii, and came a way with a beautiful vintage book of verse.


    • I can’t take credit 😦 I wish I could be so clever! I’m sure it is made up though πŸ™‚ and I too think it’s great! Us book lovers need a positive word for our treasure collecting. πŸ™‚

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  7. I’ve decided not to pile my books on the floor, so now they have taken over my kitchen coberts, leaving little space for food and kitchenware. Needless to say I have new piles on the floor as well. I think the solution is simple: I must move to a bigger house!

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  8. I often buy books with the hope and dream that I will have time to read them. Since I now have a Kindle, this have moved into the digital realm as well. I have numerous novels waiting on a device I carry in my purse in addition to having an overflowing bookshelf. I’m whittling away at it though; I’m currently reading four at a time right now!

    I…can leave a bookstore without buying something. Sometimes I just like to go into them to soak up all of that wonderful energy that comes from so many words, but I am guilty of buying books based on that very energy. If I read a blurb and there’s just this spark, I’ll make a purchase no matter the cost, and if I find something I’ve been searching years for, oh there’s no way I’m leaving without it clutched in my hot, little hand!

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  9. “Hi, I’m Talmage, I’m a bookaholic.”

    Actually, I’m not buying the disease model. I think it’s more of an acquired taste, like all addictions.

    And it’s probably the best addiction anyone could have, come to think of it.

    Great Post! It’s nice to get together with fellow addicts for mutual support. πŸ™‚

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  10. Oh my…I’d almost forgotten this term! πŸ˜€ Thanks for the lovely reminder of its existence πŸ™‚ I personally move about a lot…so I get seriously heartbroken when I have to sell off my book. So now I’m bound to ebooks…so when I’m in a bookstore I’ll snap a picture of a book I want to buy…and make the decision whether I’d like to purchase it later while I’m at home. I personally can’t bear to part with my books after I’ve purchased it.

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  11. Yes, I can relate. I generally have several books going at once. It’s an attention span thing. It’s the bloody internet’s fault. I’m going on holiday and I’m taking a bunch of good books. And the tech devices are staying home. Errr. Well maybe they’ll come…but they will be buried at the bottom of the top of my bag. Below the good books. Ahhh, the eternal struggle. Many thanks for sharing and, cheers for following my work. Your support is appreciated. Warmest regards for the silly season.

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  13. Hello Abbielu!
    Yes I can relate big time… although, and maybe it is fortunate for me, since I live in Sweden there are not so many bookstores with English literature (I am not very fond of translated books if I can read them in their original language πŸ™‚ another story for another time…) However, every time I travel to my home country, my first stop at the airport is the bookstore and just like you I never leave empty handed… I have not read all the books I bought, though. Looking forward to going to the airport next weekend πŸ˜€

    Merry Christmas!
    PS: Very nice and interesting blog


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  14. I can’t get rid of my books! I read a lot of self help and there’s times I know in my heart a friend would really get great benefits from them! I have let a couple good friends have 1 or 2 of the books I have loved, only after their promises to read the book and take the information into consideration at the very least. I don’t ask for the book back but I have an uncontrollable urge to re- purchase every time I see that same book again! Yes, I think they are treasures! The Bible even tells us how the words of our mouth have the power of life or death for us. This is my personal belief system and I force it on no one! I do think that we can never gain enough knowledge in our life time. The brain is the one organ that continues to grow when our bodies and other organs do not. Not in size but in knowledge and wisdom, so I just have to say it’s probably the healthiest addiction anyone can have,and I’m darn proud of mine!! Love the things you write and your recommendations are amazing, thank you.

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  15. I have overflowing bookcases (notice plural form here 😊), books in sacks in my closet, books stacked on the floor, hundreds of books on my iPad, audio books on my iPhone, and I can’t stop buying. A few days ago, I asked my husband where we might squeeze in another bookcase.
    There’s no hope for me.

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  16. Tsundoku? Very respectable. Totally. Now I don’t always buy in a bookshop. It’s probably the equivalent of buying shoes or clothes? Try umpteen models and go out empty-handed? My daughters do that all the time. Now unread books? I probably have close to 200. Used to shelf them in my main book shelves, but I’ve separated them on a different bookcase so I can remember: “Oh, those I have to read”. and then I go to a bookshop and buy others…

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