Are you guilty of the tsundoku tendency to “buy books but never read them”
Do you have a huge pile of books gathering dust on your shelf? Do you keep buying more?
You might be guilty of tsundoku, a Japanese word that describes the tendency to “buy books but never read them.”
It went viral on social media, with dozens of people sharing photos of books they haven’t read yet. with some claiming they find the heartwarming book buying process, while others just love the aesthetics.
Marisa Peer, therapist and author, told FEMAIL: “Many of us decide that the goal of a new year is to read more, perhaps focusing on classics or a list such as the 100 books read before you die.
“We invest in a number of these stocks in the hope that owning them will inspire us to take action. Most of us don’t stick with them long enough for it to become a long-term habit or don’t like to venture into a different literary genre and end up with that stack of books that is often alluded to.
If your shelves are moving, but you’re not actually reading, you could be guilty of tsundoku, a Japanese word that describes the tendency to ‘buy books but never read them’ (stock image)
People shared their own Tsundoku experiences with FEMAIL, including Tiffany Wright who said she had two shelves full of unread novels.
Book hoarder Tiffany Wright told Femail: “I have two shelves full but I haven’t read a full book in about four years.”
She says buying books is a great source of comfort for her and she would really like to get back to reading because she loved it when she was a child.
But instead, she became a participant in the tsundoku phenomenon as she failed to read all of the novels sitting on her shelf.
Marisa said, “With easy purchasing options and instant access to books, it’s much easier to ditch a book if it doesn’t catch your eye and opt for something else in an instant. Before, we seemed to have ingrained in ourselves the qualms of finishing every book we started!
Tiffany said: ‘I have two shelves full but haven’t read a full book in about 4 years’
Tiffany, pictured, said buying books has been a great source of comfort for her and she would really like to get back to reading the way she loved when she was a child.
Marisa said: “The lockdown saw a huge surge in book sales as people looked for ways to be entertained and productive at a time when we were forced to stay home.
“Buying things during uncertain times helps us feel better and distracts us from the situation.
“We were also in the strange mentality of buying more than we needed amid a global panic over shortages. But as life returns to normal, many of the pandemic-related purchases we’ve made will have returned to the library, unread.
“Some people are addicted to shopping, usually because it can give them a sense of control over something. Books can be one of their regular purchases to add to their stash, but it can also be yarn, clothes, or shoes.
Some say they buy books for comfort, but others say it’s just for aesthetics
Others say they’re too busy to read the books on their shelves and have to leave them in a “read pile”
But there’s another side to buying books: those who buy novels solely for “aesthetic” or design purposes, like Ashley Tisdale, who recently made headlines by buying 400 books just to fill empty shelves in his house.
Speaking in a video tour of her LA pad, she posed next to books of all different colors while revealing the secret.
Later she said it was an interior design trick and people do it all the time.
She received mixed reviews online, with people asking her why she had so many shelves if she didn’t have so many books.
Another person wrote, “To have books on your shelf is to have actually read…the books. They are not a “fashion statement”. What are you going to do when your guests ask you discussion questions about their content and you can’t answer? »
The other side of Tsundoku is those who buy books purely for “aesthetics”, like Ashley Tisdale, who recently made headlines for buying 400 books just to fill empty shelves in her home.
The question then sparked a furious debate on Reddit, after a user started a thread with the title: “People who buy books for aesthetics make me mad”.
Many people agreed with the poster, with one saying, “I totally get what you mean!!! My brother’s fiancée is like that and it pisses me off lol.
“She’s all about aesthetics. Their apartment is filled with things that are just for looks. On their coffee table, she has stacks of books. I asked him once ‘what is this book about?’
His answer: “I have no idea. I bought it because the color matches the vibe’ that answer right there makes it so uneducated and lazy and superficial. Books are made to be read! Not as decor (but I’m sure there are tons like her who use it for that purpose.
Another added: “I don’t like people organizing their books by color.”
The question sparked a furious debate on Reddit, after a user started a thread with the title: “People who buy books for aesthetics make me mad”.
But others confessed to buying books online for decorative and aesthetic purposes as well, with one person writing: “I probably had thousands of books. I moved 12 times.
“I got rid of most of my books. If I lived somewhere I knew I was going to stay – I’d go out and buy shitty books too – what’s the deal?
And another person said, “Google ‘books by the foot’ and you’ll find dozens of companies selling books in bulk just for decoration, depending on size, color, etc.”
Meanwhile, someone else added: ‘What’s the deal here, she just wanted to fill empty shelves. You’re all so proud of your collection of 12 books that you can’t remember reading that you can’t leave that to him.
Marisa told FEMAIL: “Some people just like having books to display!” Positioning a brand new book on your coffee table is alluring, and many people use their book collection as a way to demonstrate their intellectual prowess or as the perfect backdrop for a Zoom meeting or a selfie, whether they’re looking for it. have read or not!
Ashley Tisdale has received mixed reviews online, with people asking her why she has so many shelves if she doesn’t have so many books
But practicing Tsundoku has been called an “art form” by “booktokers” on TikTok, who review novels and talk about all things book-related.
A bookmaker circled his camera around the room he was filming in, showing stacks of unread novels behind him.
Aaron Surtees, founder of City Hypnosis and the Inconsciously app, told FEMAIL that Tsundoku is an example of a “procrastination mindset.”
He said: “The initial ‘thrill’ of buying and reading a book that sounds interesting is then replaced in the brain’s limbic system by more instant gratification provided by other things, often the internet checking their WhatsApp, scrolling news, posting on Instagram, etc. .’
On TikTok, ‘booktokers’ have made videos about tsundoku, with one calling it an ‘art form’, as he pans his camera to show stacks of unpublished novels. read behind him.