(Noun) The tsundoku, that Ode to the Great Unread, Shrine to the Word, Bibliophile's Inukshuk, Pillar of Light and Savior of Sorts, is the artistic and/or scientific materialization of piling up newly acquired books, in a TRP or TRQ, for utilitarian (lack of reading time/space/bookshelves) and/or psycho-pathologic (abibliophobia, fetish, OCD, hoarding or addiction) reasons.

The term dates back to the japanese Meiji era (1868-1912) and literally means 'reading pile'. Formed from the expression 'tsunde oku' (to let something pile up), in which 'oku' was swapped out for 'doku' (to read); the words then got cleverly mushed together.

The tsundoku scale ranging from just one unread book to a serious hoard, everyone is most likely to be "tsundokursed" one way or the other. Luckily, this isn't the worst problem one can have.
I have no feelings of guilt regarding the piles of books I have not read and perhaps will never read; I know that my tsundokus have unlimited patience. They will wait for me till the end of my days.
by PAR1138 October 12, 2017
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(n.) Buying books and not reading them; letting books pile up on shelves or nightstands or floors
A Japanese word, so am not sure of how to use it in a sentence. I can only try: I am guilty of tsundoku
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(n.) The piling up of newly acquired books or other reading materials for utilitarian (lack of reading time/space/bookshelves), artistic and/or psycho-pathologic (abibliophobia, fetish, OCD, hoarding or addiction) reasons.

The tsundoku scale ranging from just one unread item to a serious hoard, just about everyone (except for the most illiterate amongst us) has one.

The term dates back to the japanese Meiji era (1868-1912) and literally means 'reading pile'. Formed from the expression 'tsunde oku' (to let something pile up), in which 'oku' was swapped out for 'doku' (to read); the words then got cleverly mushed together.
He had no feelings of guilt regarding the books he had not read and perhaps would never read; his tsundoku, ode to the Great Unread, shrine to the Word and bibliophile's inukshuk, had unlimited patience. It would wait for him until the end of his days.
by PAR1138 January 06, 2017
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