BA Post Challenge: Book Lies

BA’s 26 Posts Blogging Challenge

BA's 26 Posts Challenge for Book BloggersWelcome to BA’s 26 Posts Posting Challenge for Book Bloggers! The aim of this challenge is to create one post a week, focusing on books, book blogs, and a scattering of personal topics, for 26 weeks. You can learn more, or be kept up to date with topics here.

Posts will go up every Sunday, but you can post any time during the week (all topics are pre-listed), and share your posts in the comments for others to find. Please refrain from targeting individuals, bullying, or slandering in your posts. Share your opinions, but keep it diplomatic if anything negative comes up so this can be, and stay, a fun challenge.

This Week’s Topic

Have you ever lied about reading a book (if so, what was it)? Would you?

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I have wanted to in the past, especially when it comes to books like Twilight, but I’ll still admit to reading it… albeit begrudgingly. I just don’t see the point in lying about what you’ve read. I can understand being embarrassed about reading certain titles and not wanting to admit them, but not flat-out lying about it.

I brought this topic up as part of the challenge because I’ve come across it a few times, but it was more about what you were reading rather than have you and would you. I find it very curious when someone feels the need to lie about what they’ve read, but I can understand not wanting to admit to reading something. What I don’t understand is one someone says they’ve read something and haven’t. I know this happens. I’ve come across readers who have confessed to puffing out their read lists without actually contributing to it and I just…. seriously? All I can think of when I discover someone has lied in that sense is the following scenario occuring.

You’re with a group of people and you tell them you have read Bleak House by Charles Dickens when you haven’t. You’ve never even held a copy in your hands. What if one of those people have read it and ask you about it? What do you do then? Lie and say it’s been ages? You can’t remember it very well? The only way you’re going to get out of that situation is if you come clean or dig a deeper hole for yourself. Pointless!

Now I feel like I’m ranting so I’ll finish with this thought and a question. It doesn’t matter what you’re reading as long as you’re the one getting something out of it. The reader has to be the one gaining something from what they read in the form of learning, growth, or just utter enjoyment. When it comes down to it, who cares what you read and why should it be so important what others think?

That’s just how I feel about all of it and if someone has a problem with what I’ve read those are the thoughts that pop into my head.  I figure if someone is going to be a jerk about what I’ve chosen to entertain and enlighten me, then they can probably go get… aaaand I’m going to go do some work.

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