the word dates back to the very beginning of modern japan,
the meiji era (1868-1912), and has its origins in a pun.
tsundoku, which literally means reading pile, is written in japanese as 積ん読
tsunde oku means to let something pile up and is written 積んでおく
around the turn of the century they swapped out the
oku (おく) for doku (読) – meaning to read.
because tsunde doku was hard to say,
the word was combined to form tsundoku.
this is the perfect word to describe certain places in my cottage
credits: dan colman, mental floss, reddit image
with the absence of my carpool mate
due to the arrival of her newest bambino
i attempted to fill my commute time
with my personal repertoire
of all things musical
genre and format
in-car karaoke singing
thoughtful npr shows
mindless morning shows
the perfect candidate
i read under duress
to give it
a second chance
it was an incredible odyssey for me
and matched wits
“you are a bitch, unparalleled.”
“i will offer you 3 fine horses and a chariot or a woman who will sleep with you.”
“my wife, the goddess, defies me out of habit.”
not unlike reality tv shows
but much better written
and flashy armor
and sumptuous meals
and lusty sex
and days off from fighting
and just for rest
the behind the scenes manipulations
mixing it up
to find their way
figure out life
win their battles
much like the rest of us
i grew to love the story
all fourteen discs of it
i looked forward to it
as i began to understand
who all the
‘son of, maker of, and those whose names all ended with the letter s’
how they were connected
when it all ended
i was left wanting more
he could have called it
oh, he did.
i can’t wait.
the journey has been incredible from its beginning.
– sidney poitier
from roald dahl’s ‘matilda’. not that matilda is only interested in children’s books – before she even gets to school, she’s onto adult classics such as ernest hemingway’s ‘the old man and the sea’ and ‘nicholas nickleby’ by charles dickens. an avid reader who manages to outsmart the horrible miss trunchbull? well, of course we love matilda.
‘I’ve always said to myself that if
a little pocket calculator
can do it why shouldn’t I?’
– matilda wormwood
credits: roald dahl
la dolce vida
lovely spot tucked away in the city
site of a
(books and drinks and samba society)
women (and a random piñata) of all ages and occupations
talking about books
sharing many laughs
meeting new and interesting people
sharing the piñata head
in what seemed
much too short a time
everyone was off
in different directions
to see flashdance one more time
to watch sports
continued the celebration elsewhere
after this wonderful beginning to the day.
crack the code
image credit: grammarly.com
reading my way into spring.
today a little girl bought her own book with her own allowance money.
“does she always spend her allowance money on books?”
“every week,” her mom said.