I really like today’s Booking Through Thursday question it looks at Big Book Fibs or Little Literary Lies and asks us if we have ever lied about reading a book that we haven’t. I think there are going to be some brilliant answers from people. There was an article earlier in the year that said that two thirds of British people have lied about reading books they haven’t… I do want to know who they asked, they never asked anyone I know and why is it always the British people that get accused of these things. Sorry, went off on a tangent…
Have I ever lied about a book? When I was in my early twenties and just getting back into reading and meeting other bookish folk I quite possibly told a few porkers about stuff that I read to impress people but that is so far back in the recesses of history that I cannot remember the ins and outs of it.
In the recent past I can only thing of one and that was probably about two years ago (pre-blogging, I couldn’t ever lie about having read a book that I hadn’t on my blog it would just be wrong on so many levels, and one thing regular readers will know is that I am very honest on here) at a book group. Not about the book the group was supposed to be reading, if I don’t like a book or couldn’t finished one I will just come out and say it.
One of the book group members at the time, who did eventually get the boot as you may see why, was bragging about all the classics that he had read and complaining the boo group didn’t read long enough or old enough books to be considered a proper group and was making everyone feel quite inferior, or trying to. So when he said ‘oh and I am sure none of you have managed War & Peace yet?’ with a slightly wry smile. To which of course without thinking I responded ‘oh I have… and I don’t see what all the fuss is about’. This of course got a death stare (and that’s putting it mildly) before being asked if I could back up my opinion. Well once challenged like that I am unlikely to back down and so said “well it was just too much wasn’t it really, too many characters, too many pages and too much War and not enough Peace” I don’t think I got away with it. I did relieve a tense situation though and try and fight back against a “book bully”. I may have to trademark that! Either that or I made myself look a bit of a wally!
So yes I have lied about a book but at least I made it count after all War & Peace is meant to be one of the greatest novels of all time, isn’t it? I am sure I will attempt it one day, just when I have much more time on my hands. Now that I have ‘fessed up it’s your turn… have you ever said you read a book you hadn’t? Also have you ever come into contact with a ‘book bully’?