Tsundoku is the Japanese word for the literary affliction of buying books you don’t read

I read a great piece in Quartz highlighting the affliction caused by the modern-age notion of multimedia binging.

Tsundoku is the Japanese word for the literary affliction of buying books you don’t read

Tsundoku is the stockpiling of books never consumed.

I’m very guilty of this.

I buy books because I truely want to read them. But I never find the time because there’s something easier to read.

Magazines, online articles, Medium posts, tweets — all snackable types of written content. It makes it harder than ever to read a 400 page novel.

However, everyone has time to read if you’re smart:

Bring a book with you everywhere you go;
Sneak in a few pages while waiting for the bus;
Read a chapter during your daily commute;
Substitute a chapter instead of scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed during your lunch break; and
Advance another chapter just before you go to sleep, you’ll fall asleep faster when reading, too*

*Smartphone screens emit a bright blue hue which makes your brain stop producing melatonin, a chemical that tells your body that it’s time to sleep

So what are you waiting for? Create a checklist of all the books that you own but haven’t read yet, and start checking them off. You’ll feel satisfied when you cross each title off and you’ve fed your brain at the same time.

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