Tsundoku (n. Japanese): The act of obtaining books or magazines and letting them pile up without ever reading them.
I had an idea for the intersection of people who like to read and people who want to read more. I mentioned in a previous thread that I’m mostly cured of my tsundoku, but I find myself with a bunch of books I want to read and could make time for, but haven’t. But also, book clubs turn into a weird pressure-y thing where you all have to read the same book and then it ends up feeling like homework.
Instead let’s rely on people having interest in and possibly having read the same book before, and the very gentle pressure of piquing someone else’s curiosity. The rules of participation are simple: You buy a book, you tell us you bought it, and promise to tell us what you thought of it. That’s it. People can discuss the book or similar books, and maybe a conversation can happen where multiple people incidentally have read the book before.
You don’t have to report every book you buy. If you buy a dictionary, a replacement Tolkein, something for work or school, or if you just don’t feel like it, that’s fine. If anything the ATBC is the chillingest book club you’ve ever been in.
You can also bring up books you’ve checked out of the library (especially if you’re like me, and are a serial renewer with access to a uni library).
- No judgment for reading choices. Though, you’re entitled to voice your own negative opinions of the book, just not the reader.
- Don’t be a gigundious dickwaffle (and all other BBS rules) continue to apply.
- Use the [spoiler] [/spoiler] tags to hide plot points where courteous.