Culture Vulture: Starting a library of unread books

At the Library of Unread Books, books unread by their previous owners were arranged in neat, seemingly random piles on tables.PHOTO: HERMANCHONG/INSTAGRAM

SINGAPORE - There is a Japanese term, "tsundoku", which refers to the act of acquiring books and letting them pile up without reading them. It's comforting to know this affliction has a name, especially one that sounds more sophisticated than "bibliomania" or "book hoarding".

The books I own say something about the sort of person I am or aspire to be. Those that languish unread speak to resolutions made that have, well, since been shelved. Among them are Jin Yong's Flying Fox Of Snowy Mountain, which I had been meaning to read since the author's death two years ago.

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