Let’s Talk Bookish | Do We Lie About Reading Books?

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books & Dani @ Literary Lion, where a topic is presented each week and we get to share our opinions on it and spread some love among others’s opinions too!

This Week’s Topic is:

Why Do People Lie About Reading Books? (suggested by Jillian @ Jillian The Bookish Butterfly)

Do people lie about reading books? Really? Pffff….

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Well, of course people lie about reading books. I always wonder why every other person i meet their favorite book is either The Little Prince or A Hundred Years of Solitude. Those are for some reason the “well seen” books. Like, omg you read Gabriel Garcia Marquez? You are so intelligent and well cultured.

Look, i’m a reader, i don’t lie about it. I read books, but sometimes the books i read aren’t seen as important books and they “don’t count” in other readers’s opinion.

We may lie because we want to be part of something, like, if i told i read A Hundred Year of Solitude, to be seen as a more cultured person. I did not read the book. I tried, but it was too boring for my young self. Maybe one day.

I think people see readers as cultivated people, they might be better at writing, spelling and understanding when reading something. They seem more intelligent. So, when you want to impress someone you might say you enjoy reading.

Reading is actually a hobbie. A good one, if i may, but a hobbie nonetheless. Yes, it taught me a lot of english and english grammar, but that’s just as if i took a course.

In my opinion it’s just the fact that people who read are seen as smarter than the others, which is not always the case, as we can see some books aren’t that well written and/or problematic. There are many reasons why reading doesn’t really make you the smartest cookie on the jar.

I think, the stigma, because it’s a stigma even if it’s a good one, of readers being the intelligent people is a wrong one, there are many people who doesn’t read books, but read essays and news and know about a lot of things. For example, my brother is a rather intelligent guy, he just doesn’t enjoy books. Well, maybe just a few, and mostly about politics.

The only time in my life i had to lie about reading books, was when i was working at a bookstore. I just had to lie, because even if i read i didn’t have the time to read all the books that come out and when people asked i needed to convince them to buy the books. I didn’t last much at that job because i had to lie too much.

Overall, i think it’s the need to look smarter than others. There’s no other reason i can think of at the moment, i mean, why would i say i like something that i don’t? Does it make me look better? Does it make sound smarter? That would be th eonly reason i would lie about doing something i don’t.

Obviously i do read, not as much as i would want but i do.

So, what do you think? Why do people lie about reading books? Leave your comment or the link to your own post down below!

6 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish | Do We Lie About Reading Books?

  1. Lying about reading “cultured” books is the saddest to me. You shouldn’t base your self-worth on reading “the right” books. All reading is important and no books are distinctly more intellectual than others.

  2. I personally do not understand people who lie about reading a book. Do not see a point in lying, but I suppose some people really do want to seem smarter or maybe impress someone by lying which is not a very good start of a relationship, imo.

  3. It’s really sad that some people feel like they have to lie about what they’ve read to be accepted by others. If they won’t accept you as you are, then they don’t really deserve you at all. Great discussion, Clemence!

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