One book hoarder, Tiffany Wright told Femail: 'I have two full bookshelves but I haven't read a full book in about four years.' She said buying books is a great source of comfort for her and that she would really like to get back into reading because she loved it as a child. But instead, she has become a participant in the tsundoku phenomenon as she has not managed to read all of the novels sitting on her shelf. Marisa said: 'With easy buying options and instant access to books, it is much easier to give up on a book if it’s not grabbing your attention and opt for something else in an instant. Previously we seemed to have ingrained in us the compunction to finish every book we started!'Marisa said: 'Lockdown saw a huge surge in book sales as people looked for ways to entertain themselves and be productive at a time when we were forced to stay at home. 'Buying things during uncertain times helps us to feel better and distract ourselves from the situation. 'We were also in the odd mentality of buying more than we needed as part of a global panic over shortages. But as life returns to normal, many of the pandemic purchases we made will have joined the bookshelf, unread. 'Some people have a shopping addiction usually because it can give them a feeling of control over something. Books may be one of their regular purchases to add to their stash but it could equally be knitting yarn or clothes or shoes.' Source
The whole waving of the arms and hands thing while podcastimg
Now having a boat load of books behind your head....
To be fair - I bet Ryan Grant has read most of his books on his shelf.
Are YOU guilty of tsundoku? Trend for 'buying books but never reading them' is on the rise as psychologists say full bookshelves have become a 'status symbol'
Have you got a huge pile of books collecting dust on your bookshelf? Do you keep buying more? You might be guilty of tsundoku, a Japanese word that describes the trend for 'buying books but never reading them.' It has gone viral on social media, with scores of people sharing photographs of books they have yet to read. with some claiming they find the process of buying books comforting, while others just like the aesthetic. Marisa Peer, therapist and author, told FEMAIL: 'Many of us decide that a new year's goal is to read more, perhaps focusing on classics or a list such as the 100 books to read before you die. 'We invest in a number of these titles in the hope that owning them will spur us into action. Most of us either don’t stick at it long enough for it to become a long-term habit or don’t enjoy the venture into a different genre of literature and end up with that much-alluded to pile of books.'
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