I recently came upon an article about books that people pretend to have read and it made want to share it here.
This article lists ten books that people pretend to have consumed but most likely haven’t. This list deals with ten science fiction/fantasy books, but if you do an internet search on the subject you find lists of other books people pretend to have read. Like this one:
Pretending to have read a book you didn’t! This is an interesting topic if you think about it. If you pretend that you have read a book you haven’t you are lying. You are deceiving people. But why? Why lie about reading a book you haven’t read?
There are many reasons why. Sometimes it’s as easy as there is a movie version of the book and one doesn’t need to read the book. That makes sense especially if you realize that almost every one of the books listed in the lists provided above is fiction. Also, these are well known titles that get talked about in our culture so it makes sense that even people who haven’t read them have heard enough about them to pass themselves off as a reader. Osmosis is enough with some of these titles. The question remains, why pretend? Why not just read the book? You are only robbing yourself of the enrichment you will gain from having consumed the book’s contents.
I will end this post by providing an example of a book that I think many people are guilty of pretending to have read but really have not. It is a non-fiction book and one that is pretty significant in our lives whether we realize it or not. That book is Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith.
Wealth of Nations is old, long, and dry but very important because it provides the theoretical framework for the socio-economic system by which we live. Many of our politicians and media figures cherry-pick the book. They always refer to the parts they like and usually abstain from referencing Adam Smith’s warnings. If you would like to know more about his work then you should read the book.
Do the work! Read the books! It’s enriching and rewarding.
Until next time, good reading.