So we can share understanding, I quote here from a linked article on a new [to me] word that too accurately describes me, my condition or situation.
"There are some words out there that are brilliantly evocative and at the same time impossible to fully translate. Yiddish has the word shlimazl, which basically means a perpetually unlucky person. German has the word Backpfeifengesicht, which roughly means a face that is badly in need of a fist. And then there’s the Japanese word tsundoku, which perfectly describes the state of my apartment. It means buying books and letting them pile up unread.
The word dates back to the very beginning of modern Japan, the Meiji era (1868-1912) and has its origins in a pun. Tsundoku, which literally means reading pile, is written in Japanese as 積ん読. Tsunde oku means to let something pile up and is written 積んでおく. Some wag around the turn of the century swapped out that oku (おく) in tsunde oku for doku (読) – meaning to read. Then since tsunde doku is hard to say, the word got mushed together to form tsundoku.
As with other Japanese words like karaoke, tsunami, and otaku, I think it’s high time that tsundoku enter the English language..."
Yes, I buy books, yes they are actually, literally, piled up in a room upstairs. (While on vacation this month I picked up several more.) But dammit I have EVERY INTENTION of reading them. Well, most of them. Really. Someday. Not today, but SOMEDAY!
Here are some books I recently purchased and why I bought them.
Please share your tsundoku stories!
There's one called Saint Who? - 39 Holy Unknowns. We visited the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles gift shop and saw this.I think the clever subtitle got me.
Jacob T. Marley, was in the bookstore too, something I saw when it first came out but didn't want to spend the money. Seeing it reminded me that I wanted to read it. So I checked one of my favorite sources: ABE Books dot com. Found it for a song and free shipping. I might actually read this one.
And yet another Chesterton tome: The Catholic Church and Conversion. Ha ha. I buy stuff like this 'for my husband' who is interested in the church, but who will never read Chesterton.
Then we were at Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park Visitor Center and I saw Adopted by Indians. But they wanted way too much (for my budget) So standing there in the bookstore I checked Amazon, found it for a fraction (and free shipping).
Then, while I was looking at Amazon I noticed Roadside Geology of Northern California on my wish list. The price was going up not down, so I figured I might as well get it. It's been on the wish list for quite a while. This is a reference work. Therefore I don't have to have any intention of reading it. It's just good to have around, right? You don't READ dictionaries. You USE them. So...there, that's that one.
So...how about you?