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BTT: Would You Lie?

October 1, 2009


Suggested by Monibo:

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?

I haven’t aside from perhaps something back in school I didn’t have time to read for the following day. I think, at this point, I’m too old to care what other people think of my reading habits. I openly admit to failing miserably at finishing Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. Is this because I have a back up plan of Pynchon and Eco to boast? I’m not sure.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. novelinsights permalink
    October 1, 2009 7:39 am

    Back up plan of Eco 🙂 Goodness I struggled with Eco badly but I finished Name of the Rose – hoorah!

  2. justabookreader permalink
    October 1, 2009 8:14 am

    Dickens is a stumbling block for me too. I never get past the first line. With other more interesting books (in my opinion) on my TBR list, I’ve stopped worrying about it. 🙂

  3. October 1, 2009 8:56 am

    I failed in Dracula too…read 1 page and that’s it…maybe 1 day

  4. October 1, 2009 9:19 am

    I am not ashamed to admit I have never heard of Pynchon and Eco.

  5. October 1, 2009 9:38 am

    Took me a while to finish The Name of the Rose, but I struggled through and ended up liking it quite a lot. Never could get into Pynchon, I’m afraid – but wouldn’t lie about it. To each her own, I say.

  6. October 1, 2009 10:15 am

    As long as you have decent back ups, then falling asleep reading Dickens and Austen is ok. 🙂

  7. stacybuckeye permalink
    October 1, 2009 10:17 am

    In the past few months I’ve finished my first Dickens and Austen.

  8. October 1, 2009 10:36 am

    I’ve managed the shorter Dickens novels and a couple of Austen, but I don’t think I’ll ever get round to his longest works.

  9. October 1, 2009 5:46 pm

    I admit, I never would have finished A Tale of Two Cities if it hadn’t been for school, but in the end it was one of my all-time favorite books. I should have finished reading The Jungle and The Grapes of Wrath for school and didn’t – they were just too depressing (and The Jungle was pretty disgusting, too). At the time, I lied (to my teacher) that I finished them, but I’m pretty open about it now. Life is too short to read (or pretend to read) books I don’t like or can’t get through.

  10. October 1, 2009 7:09 pm

    I share the Dickens fib – though I made up for it by eventually reading the book and (even) liking it!

  11. October 2, 2009 12:42 am

    Don’t know that I can make it through Dickens either. I tried with Great Expectations but didn’t get very far.

  12. October 2, 2009 12:46 am

    How interesting. Like you, I can’t imagine bothering to lie about it in my adult life.

  13. October 3, 2009 12:52 am

    When I read half a classic, it is often because I go off to read something else and never go back. Not proud, but it happens.

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