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Welcome to The Once Lost Wanderer. The name is derived from two poems: Amazing Grace by reformed slave trader John Newton, and All That is Gold Does Not Glitter by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Tsundoku (No, not the math puzzle) - NOVA this week.

Observations from my weekly wanderings, usually in Northern Virginia (NOVA).

Not much to say this week. I learned a new word and it struck me that many of you – fellow book bloggers – are afflicted with this.

Tsundoku – accumulating books without reading them.

I’m pretty good about actually reading what I acquire, so my physical TBR is not really that excessive. However, my virtual TBR – outta control.

Even when reading is impossible, the presence of books acquired produces such an ecstasy that the buying of more books than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching towards infinity ... we cherish books even if unread, their mere presence exudes comfort, their ready access reassurance. ~ A. Edward Newton


(Woulda loved to have been at his estate auction. Lots of gems and at a time when prices for rare books was low.)

5 comments:

  1. Yes, I occasionally suffer from Tsundoku! I am working on it.

    My weakness is browsing in second hand books stores and library sales.

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    1. I think that's known as second degree tsundoku (SDT) (be careful not to juxtapose). It's not as severe, since you are not spending as much. I seldom do much good at library sales, but I love a good second hand bookstore.

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  2. I've got Tsundoku in the worst way. I keep getting sucked into the illusion that by buying a book, I'm buying the time to read it. Sigh.

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    1. guess that makes you a soul reaching for infinity.

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