June 18, 2017
Angela Liao explains what the Japanese term tsundoku means – and how to pronounce it.
She then offers several methods of dealing with it.
Several of these suggested “remedies” sound promising. Or you can skip them all and enjoy the solace offered by Liao’s final paragraph:
However, if the mere presence of the beautiful stacks can bring you joy and lift up your mood, then you have nothing to worry about. As British fiction writer Jeanette Winterson said, “Book collecting is an obsession, an occupation, a disease, an addiction, a fascination, an absurdity, a fate. It is not a hobby. Those who do it must do it.”
Found at Bookstr
March 22, 2017
If you haven’t already realized that during your lifetime you will manage to read only an infinitesimal portion of the books available to read, you might – if you want to get really depressed – take a look at these calculations 0ver at Literary Hub.
Found via Literary Hub’s Facebook page
May 23, 2016
Over at Literary Hub, blogger Summer Brennan thoughtfully examines whether it makes sense to apply the clutter-ridding principls espoused in Marie Kondo’s bestselling The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up to one’s personal book collection.
The comments of readers of Brennan’s essay are as thoughtful as the essay itself.
Whatever you think about this dilemma, I think we can all agree that hanging onto or getting rid of books is far from a rational process.
This is definitely one of the best essays on this topic I have read. A bonus is Brennan’s hyperlinked list of nonprofit agencies that will accept any books you do decide to “let go of” in any of your impulsive or long-put-off purges. (And don’t forget your local public library, most of which also accept donated books in decent condition.)
Found at Sue Searing’s Facebook page
February 20, 2012
Wherein we learn to our chagrin that a Google search on “book clutter” yields over 18,000 results.
Read Gabe Hash’s delightful blogpost at Publishers Weekly, “The Wonderful and Terrible Habit of Buying Too Many Books.” Also enjoy the empathic comments from Hash’s readers, including those who mention that they’ve tried to at least partially replace their book-buying habits with book-borrowing (from their local public library).
Found via The New Yorker’s Book Bench