Funny that, when people learn that I read a lot, they would assume that I've read the books they love. Some of these books are "classics." And while I've no idea what this word actually means, I do know that these are great books and their probably "life changing" and all; it's just that I haven't read them.
One time, I was with a friend who talked about how The Alchemist changed his life perspective. (Just hearing the words "Coelho" and "life perspective" is enough to make me cringe.) I just sipped my latte and watched eye candy stroll by. I do remember having to stop myself from constantly adding, "I'm sorry, what?" every time he asked for my opinion. Thank goodness I can appear to be listening intently just by nodding my head. The technique is not to nod at a regular pace -- slow, knowing head movements interspersed with rapid jerks work best.
Of course, you might think that I could've avoided that situation if I just told my friend that I haven't read The Alchemist at all. Still, I do love a challenge, and I wouldn't give up the opportunity to admire beautiful people while I get my caffeine fix for free.
Here's a list of books that people think I've read but haven't.
- Catcher in the Rye
- The Lord of the Rings
- Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo (Thank heavens for cheat notes!)
- Any book by William Faulkner
- Any book by Mark Twain
- The Origin of Species
- Books 2 onwards of Tales from the City
- The Bible
- Nancy Drew
- The R.L. Stine novels