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 don’t remember ever claiming to have read a book when I haven’t. There are books I think I’ve read but when I look at them I realise I haven’t – I just know the story either from a film or TV programme, just as there are books I don’t think I’ve read and then when I start reading I realise that I have! It’s bad enough not being able to remember all the books I have read without having to remember which books I’ve lied about reading as well!!
According to this article 1984, War and Peace, and Ulysses come high up on the list of books people lie about having read and the main reason given was to impress the person they were speaking to. (1984 is a book I think I’ve read but maybe I haven’t, I’m not sure.)
It wouldn’t impress me at all if someone claimed to have read a book and then it was obvious they knew next to nothing about it. But then it doesn’t impress me what anyone reads – I’m just happy they read at all, as so many people don’t!