Tsundoku (積ん読) is a beautiful Japanese word describing the habit of acquiring books but letting them pile up without reading them. I used to feel guilty about this tendency, and would strive to only buy new books once I had finished the ones I owned. However, the concept of the antilibrary has completely changed my mindset when it comes to unread books. Unread books can be as powerful as the ones we have read, if we choose to consider them in the right light. Read more
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I love this concept!
My bookcase holds a vast array of (medical) encyclopedias and the like that were bought by my grandparents for their distinguished look (they do look awesome on their custom made hardwood bookshelves now). But every now and then I do look at them and ponder all the things I don’t yet know. It’s awesome!