Tsundoku and You
The diagnosis may start as a verb but once it get in you, you can't get away. There's only one cure and no one attains it.
Tsundoku: (v) The act of leaving a book unread after buying it, typically piling it up together with other such unread books.
Growing up, my TBR pile was limited by geography and monetary income. We lived a good thirty minutes from the local mall where a Waldenbooks was located. Do you remember those stores? Yeah, I'm an '80s girl at heart. There was something about Waldenbooks and for the length of my childhood, during which we moved umpteen times to different houses all within a twenty mile radius to Waldenbooks, it was the only bookstore I frequented.
I liked the way the sound of the mall quieted to a whisper once I crossed the threshold. That and the wall displays where I was guaranteed to find a Trixie Belden book to add to my collection. No offense to Nancy Drew or any of her fans, of course.
Back then, I'd never heard of a TBR pile and I was grateful just to get a ride to my favorite bookstore where I could purchase a book for a few dollars. Did you know, that by the time I was twenty, I had almost the entire Trixie Belden series? A run in with a low-budget cult convinced me to empty my shelves of my beloved books. (More on that another time.)
Check out what author, Tessa Dare says about the TBR pile. The writer in me agrees with her...most days. Others? It's every woman for herself and the writing can wait!
These days, I let no one tell me what I can and can't read, as evidenced by this recent blog post. Instead, I add whatever catches my fancy to my TBR pile and wait for the day when all the mundane tasks of life are either complete or completely forgotten about so that I can sit and enjoy a good book with a cup of coffee.
What's your go-to beverage during reading time?
That being said, I'm averaging about a book a month right now as I attempt to finish this draft of Starring Alaska and this pile is rather diverse in nature, coming from someone who rarely branched out to different genres.
The reality? I'm about a quarter of the way through The Kitchen God's Wife and the rest of my pile is sitting upstairs in my office. I've got copies of various books by indie authors that I'm anxious to get to this year. Is it noticeable? That I might have a slight addiction to @AmyTan's work? She's basically my literary hero.
What are you reading these days? Have you read anything that's sitting in my TBR pile? No spoilers, but I'd love to hear what you thought of it! Have you branched out to new genres in addition to reading old favorites? Share an image of your #TBRpile and follow me on Instagram and Facebook so that I can follow your reading journey too.