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.
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.
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!