TTT – Favourite Book Related Words


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

Favourite Book Related Words

(All words are linked to their source, many thanks to the excellent collections of lovely words!)


the fear of running out of reading materials


writer’s block


the characteristic, faint, musty smell of old books


the art of reading with your ears.

dhvani (Sanskrit)

lit. ‘sound’ or ‘echo’; the feature of a poem/line of having a hidden meaning that strikes you in the second or further readings, but not the first

Goya (Urdo)

Urdu is the national language of Pakistan, but is also an official language in 5 of the Indian states. This particular Urdu word conveys a contemplative ‘as-if’ that nonetheless feels like reality, and describes the suspension of disbelief that can occur, often through good storytelling.


The movement of a person’s consciousness migrates from believing that e-readers are the spawn of some book-burning devil to realising they are a perfectly lovely and valid way to consume writing. In 2013 a lot of people will get nooked. Their chat will become less tedious as a result.


a writer’s business

tsundoku 積ん読 (つんどく) (Japanese)

the act of leaving a book unread after buying it, typically piled up together with other such unread books

vāde mēcum (Latin)

favorite book carried everywhere; a handbook of useful information kept at one’s side lit. “go with me”


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