There is actually a Japanese word for people that buy books and don’t read them. 

How to Tell You Are a Tsundoku or “Book Hoarder”

1. You have more than 50 books on your TBR pile but continue to buy books

A compulsive need to buy books could be a sign that you have a problem. I cited 50 books, but really if you have a stack of books you have to read, but you are still walking out of the bookstore or library with another stack…well admit it. YOU ARE A BOOK HOARDER.

2. Unusual Attachment to Your Books

I’m going to come to your house and take a couple stacks of books? You can’t decide which ones I’m going to take. How do you feel about that?? Do you have an unnatural attachment to your books? If you answered “yes” YOU ARE A BOOK HOARDER.

3. The Main Focus Object(s) in Your House Are Books

How many bookshelves do you have? How prominently are your books displayed? Are books the first thing people see when they come to visit? Are there books in every room of your house? If you answered “yes” YOU ARE A BOOK HOARDER.

4. You Can’t Part with a Book

Your friend wants to borrow a book. Do you lend it to her? Or do you not want her to touch it because she might bend the spine? Dog-ear the pages? Your reticence to lending out that book might be a sign that you are a book hoarder.

5. Any Available Shelf/Desk/Table Space is Covered in Books

How many books do you have on your nightstand? How man are on your coffee table? Check that table next to the sofa? Is it covered in books? Do you have books on chairs, books on sofas? Books in your bed – or spare bed? If you answered “yes” YOU ARE A BOOK HOARDER.

6. You Are Broke Because of Books

You spend every available dime on books. Who needs anything else, right? YOU ARE A BOOK HOARDER.

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