Let’s Talk Bookish – Why Do People Lie About Reading Books?

Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing well! As it is once again Friday, it is time for another Let’s Talk Bookish edition. Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. This weeks topic is all about why I think people lie about reading books that they haven’t!

Probably at some time in school I have lied about reading a book, because most of the books that we were forced to read were incredibly boring and were not genres that I enjoy. But since then I don’t think that I have because I am not ashamed of the massive TBR pile that I have glaring at me everyday and all the classics that I am yet to read.

Some people will say they have read books when they really haven’t; why do you think that is?

I’m not really sure, I think it depends on the reason as to why you are lying. If you are lying to get out of something, it is probably because the books you are meant to read don’t appeal to you or are incredibly boring. That especially comes in if it is some kind of required reading for school or university. You may have also just generally forgotten to read the book, so you have to pretend that you have. I think it can also be a little bit down to peer pressure as if everyone around you has read a book and you have not, it may be easier to say that you have; otherwise, you could risk being left out of conversations.

How do you feel about people who lie about reading books?

It really doesn’t bother me if someone is lying about reading a book because we are all are own people and make our own choices. The only time that it bothers me is if people are making false reviews without reading the book. This is something that affects both authors and readers, and it doesn’t matter whether they are highly positive or negative reviews; it shouldn’t be happening.

Do you think there’s a certain type of book people are more likely to lie about reading?

I think if I had to guess, it would probably be classics that if you were going to lie about reading books you would lie about. I think it is because there is a level of prestige around being able to say I have read War and Peace or Les Misérables or others like them. There might be others that people might lie about but I can’t think of them off the top of my head.

Why do you think people lie about the books that they read? Let me know in the comments below!

3 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish – Why Do People Lie About Reading Books?

  1. Agreed on your thoughts – it’s the false reviews that are problematic and certainly it’s the doorstopper classics that people are likely to lie about. But I also think there’s no real way of telling when someone’s lying about having read a book (other than the false review, I mean, unless they DNF’ed it).


  2. I think insecurity an upholding a certain image also could contribute to someone lying about reading certain books. I also think some might lie about not reading certain types of books – like being afraid someone might judge them for their reading preferences. I guess it depends on what kind of people you surround yourself with and whether you believe those people have a certain expectation as to what kind of person you should be. I’ve met people keeping their love for playing Pokemon a secret due to the fear of being judged. I’ve been part of a specific group of university students who had very narrow ideas of what was right and wrong…I do not thrive in that kind of environments and will not recommend it. I did not choose to be part of this group, it just came with the territory of the course direction I had taken :l


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