My 2015 Resolution: Cure My *Tsundoku* Book-Collecting Quirk

11 days into this fresh new year, I’m finally settling on a resolution for 2015: cure myself of tsundoku. Huh? Tsundoku is one of those brilliant other-language words for which there is no direct English translation but whose meaning is so perfect that we should be adding it to the dictionaries (my other favorite: schadenfreude) – and it means the habit of buying / collecting books and letting them pile up without ever reading them.

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The bookcase in my living room, with my design reference / inspiration books on the right.

This word is basically my life. And until recently haven’t felt that guilty about it. For years now, I’ve bought books the way I bought objets d’art: as decorative accessories to adorn my bookcases and coffee table with titles or subject matter that represented to guests who I am and what I care about. But when I started my design business last year, I also started amassing a number of decorating / art / interior design books as part of my reference files. And while I’ve thumbed through a few of them, I’m a tech and internet-dependent millennial – so the majority of my reference materials are online, and I’ve been able to rely mostly on browser bookmarks rather than real ones in real books.

So, anyway I am going to reform my tsundoku ways, and as of this post, I resolve to read through my little-but-growing collection of design + decorating books, one book a month, each month, for the rest of 2015. Maybe beyond too. And to keep me accountable, I’ll be posting a book review (cuing memories of 7th grade) of that month’s book to this little blog.

Closer up, here are some of my design/art books – so you can get a preview of what I'll be reporting back on!

Closer up, here are some of my design/art books – so you can get a preview of what I’ll be reporting back on! Also, ha – I just noticed one of my books does have a bookmark in it, sort of.

And if any of you has a favorite design book that I should add to my collection (especially ones with beautiful bindings, covers, or other physical aspects), let me know! I promise I won’t let them go unopened + unread.

Happy reading, y’all!