What is TSUNDOKU?  |  Life

What is TSUNDOKU? | Life

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

I think the richness of languages ​​lies in the words they create for special occasions. For example, tsundoku (tsoon-doh-koo), the Japanese word for book hoarders. So (like me) that’s what they call the situation of buying the books 3 by 5 and then buying new ones before they’ve finished reading them (sometimes before even starting to read them).

The word tsundoku (tsoon-doh-koo) is a combination of the words tsunde-oku meaning ‘to put things aside’ and Dokusho meaning ‘reading a book’. Let the books piled on top of each other waiting to be read come before your eyes. Hah, that’s it. So tell me, how did you feel when this image came to your mind? Is this just you or “No dear, who should do what with all these books?” Did you think?

In my case, I can claim to be an avid reader. I used to buy more books than I could ever read. It’s more than my reading speed. The boredom was due to my greed and excitement. For example, I went for a week and bought 3 books, when I was going to start them, I saw the books my mother bought that weekend and immediately seized it, then I saw a book name in an article and searched it on Amazon and put it on my hoop Kindle application (Thank God it has the feature of sending the introduction, I do not buy it instantly) There was no end. I had these stacks on my bedside table and on the bookshelf at home. Then I drastically reduced my book purchase. If you are experiencing Tsundoku as I once suffered, here are some suggestions for you:

1. As Marie Kondo suggests, pile up every book in the house and take another look at what you haven’t read. Just like the clothes, you ask yourself, “Do I really read this?” for each book. ask.

2. Set aside to donate what is no longer interesting to you. My suggestion is to make an excel list, share it with your friends by e-mail and ask them to mark the books they want. There is an area where we exchange books on my turkisiminimalizm.com/forum address. You can also exchange books here. If there are any leftovers, you can give them to a bookstore that buys second-hand books, or you can send them to schools if the content of the books is appropriate (for me, sending them to schools was not my first option because I was not sure of the book-school age compatibility. Of course, you can send the books to a school by sifting them from the beginning.)

3. Keep all the remaining books waiting to be read together on a shelf in front of you.

4. I suggest you to dispose of your read books again. I was very lucky in terms of the book. There was always a huge library at home, then I grew up and started to buy books first with my pocket money and then with my salary. I forgot how many times I sent parcels of books. Sharing is good.

5. A challenge suggestion: From today until January 1st, intend to read only the books you have. If you want to make a reading list and go ahead, it’s better, but even more challenging: If there is a book in your home library that you haven’t read one by one, starting with the first book on the top shelf, read them one by one. What do you think? Would it be easier and more effective to eliminate them all or to advance one by one?

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