Which books have you lied about reading?

The BBC reports on a poll con­duc­ted to mark World Book Day in which people con­fess to hav­ing lied about read­ing par­tic­u­lar books…

…to impress someone.


Here’s the top­per­most of the pop­per­most:

  1. 1984 — George Orwell (42%)
  2. War and Peace — Leo Tolstoy (31%)
  3. Ulysses — James Joyce (25%)
  4. The Bible (24%)
  5. Madame Bovary — Gustave Flaubert (16%)
  6. A Brief History of Time — Stephen Hawking (15%)
  7. Midnight’s Children — Salman Rushdie (14%)
  8. In Remembrance of Things Past — Marcel Proust (9%)
  9. Dreams from My Father — Barack Obama (6%)
  10. The Selfish Gene — Richard Dawkins (6%)

I love the King James Bible. But, as an athe­ist, I must add: not in that way, vicar.

Nobody would impress me by claim­ing to have read Midnight’s Children. Indeed, I’d try to get in first by impress­ing upon them that I vir­tu­ally threw it out the win­dow after fifty pages of self-import­ant gobblede­gook.

Then the per­son would back away from me, nod­ding, and find someone less creepy at the party.

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Arts & Culture | Poll reveals UK’s read­ing secrets

Author: Ian Hocking

Writer and psychologist.

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