May 24, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday - Books I Lied About

Books I Lied About

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, this feature includes random weekly top tens. This week's list is ten books I lied about - lied about reading, not reading, liked, or disliked, etc. That's pretty explanatory, but let me explain this: I'm much more honest now. I'll admit it if I haven't read something, didn't like something, loved something so much I could read it again every day. I'ma changed woman! So let's check out my list and why/how I lied!

  1. JD Salinger - The Catcher in the Rye
    In the past I've lied about having read this book. I tried at least 5 times to read this and just hated it! Instead of saying I hadn't finished, I just said I read it and couldn't stand it. I've since finished it and still can't stand it.
  2. Kate Chopin - The Awakening
    I was supposed to read this in high school and didn't. Of course I said I did, but I basically just read Cliffsnotes to get through. I read it last April and didn't like it much at all. I almost wish I would have left it alone.
  3. Melissa Marr - Wicked Lovely
    This isn't really a lie as much as an omission. I went to the Smart Chicks book tour in Phx, AZ, and she was a part of the panel. I had her sign my nook cover even though I couldn't stand this book! Oh well.
  4. Stephen Chbosky - The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    A friend of mine who doesn't really read very often loved this novel, so I tried it out. I think I told her that I liked it more than I really did. No big deal, really. It's not that I didn't like it.. I just didn't find it to be anything spectacular.
  5. James Redfield - The Celestine Prophecy
    Another case of telling a friend who read this that I liked it more than I did. Since these times (high school for both) I've been much more honest.. haha. This book was no good at all really. Made no sense. Ick.
  6. Upton Sinclair - The Jungle
    This is also a book I was supposed to read in school and really didn't. I almost wish I had because at this point I can't remember if I finished it or not later. I never used to like being told what to read. Now I live for recommendations!
  7. William Faulkner - As I Lay Dying
    This book is probably why I didn't like being told what to read in school. I hated this book, but I certainly acted like I liked it in class. Why? I don't know.. shy I guess. Now I am true to myself and my opinion, but no more Faulkner for me!
  8. William Shakespeare - Sonnets
    Sometimes I wish that Shakespeare could have written in plain English so I could understand what he was trying to say. I can certainly talk like I like these, but really they don't mean that much to me.
  9. PC Cast and Kristin Cast - Marked series
    This isn't about me lying to someone else. This is about me lying to myself. I should have given up on this series, because 5 books into it I felt like I'd mega wasted my time. Blech. Not the vampire series for me at ALL.
  10. Stephenie Meyer - Twilight series
    Again, this more me lying to myself. I wish I would have tried these sooner, although I don't know if it would make a difference now. This is when I started trusting recommendations again. I kept saying I didn't want to read it, but I did and loved it!
That's my list. I really had to stretch far back into my (awful) memory to make this one work, but I didn't lie here! I didn't think I was going to be able to come up with ten, but there you have it. Can't wait to see everyone else's lists!


  1. Had to laugh about the lies you've told. I wonder if I've told a few. Guess I'll have to check and see.

    AS to Catcher . . . I loved that book. Dated now, but still a ground breaker for the category of YA fiction. So there I disagree with you--that's healthy though, disagreement. Makes for an interesting world.

    Just followed you. Thanks for stopping in at the Write Game.

  2. Hahah thanks! This one was tough for me. I don't like to lie about books and how I feel about them either. Really, I should say that I don't like to lie, period! Either way, I came up with some interesting things, I think. I'm glad it sparked your conversation!

    Disagreement is always welcome here. I love when people have different opinions, because I always like seeing things from every angle. Thanks for bringing up your point! :o)

    Thanks for following me as well!!

  3. I read Catcher in HS and liked it - read it as an adult and loathed it. Read The Awakening in college and loved it - read it as an adult and despised it. Probably best to leave those rereads alone, now that I think about it.

  4. +JMJ+

    The first two times I read The Catcher in the Rye, I didn't like it at all! Then I became a teacher and found out there was no way to get it off the syllabus. *facepalm*

    But by some magical twist, the need "to sell" the book to the students and my own research on J.D. Salinger and his novel's cultural history got me selling the book to myself! So now I no longer hate it. While it will never be a favourite, I think I can at least appreciate it. =)

    By the way, it's on my own list, which I hope you can check out:

    Shredded Cheddar


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