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Oh, Thursdays – how do I love thee?  It means the weekend is right around the corner.  It also means I get to participate in the weekly meme, Booking Through Thursday!  This week we seem to have moved on from the recent read theme and onto something controversial.  Bring on the fun!

Saw this article (from March) and thought it would make a good BTT confessional question: Two-thirds of Brits have lied about reading books they haven’t. Have you? Why? What book?

Seriously?  Why in the world would you lie about reading a book when you could actually read the book and learn something?  😉 

This is a sticky issue for me for several reasons.  For one, an unread book is a challenge and means that I will be adding it to the “books I’d like to read someday” list (it’s a long list).  Another reason I have issues with this is the fact that people are more concerned about appearances than substance.  Does pretending to read Ulysses by James Joyce really make you appear more intelligent?  Considering that this type of lie is fairly easy to expose, why take chances of appearing like a pretentious fake?  Is it so important to your career, to your friends, that you have to take this type of risk?  I don’t understand this type of reasoning. 

In looking at the list, I was amazed and saddened by what people lied about reading too.  Why are so many people afraid of classics or biographies to the point where they have to lie about reading them?  My favorite books are classics.  They are classics for a reason, meaning that there is some element of the story which continues to hold true as decades, even centuries, pass.  They are studies of human nature and have earned the right to be called a classic.  As for biographies, sometimes they are more interesting than any piece of fiction, for people have lived extremely varied and fascinating lives that deserve to be studied.  To pretend to have read either one genre is disheartening, in my opinion, and states volumes about a person who does so. 

So, I have not lied about having read a book.  I like reading too much to do so.  I’m curious if I am in the minority though.  Two-thirds is a large number.  This gets me back to my original question – why?  Why is it so important to pretend you’ve read Stephen Hawkings’ book or Madame Bovary?  Would someone please explain it to me?

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