Have you ever lied about a book?

The Guardian Newspaper has a (currently) open thread about the books people tend to lie about and say they have read

According to the newspaper, the top 10 books people claim to read but haven’t are: (the ones I HAVE are in BOLD)

1 1984 by George Orwell (26%)

2 War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (19%)

3 Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (18%)

4 The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger (15%)

5 A Passage to India by EM Forster (12%)

6 Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (11%)

7 To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee (10%)

8 Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (8%)

9 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (8%)

10 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (5%)

So what about yourselves? Which of the ones do you lie about and say you’ve read? Are there any others not featured that you pretend you’ve finished?


2 thoughts on “Have you ever lied about a book?

  1. That’s so interesting. I wonder what prompts people to lie about this. In a strange way it gives me hope that the perception of reading is still held in high regard so much that it would be embarrassing to admit not having read one of the classics.


    • For the ones I havent read, there’s generally a reason: I’m not a fan of the “Russians” (C&P etc) where an apparent cast of thousands is in fact about 20 people with 5 nicknames each and where I simply cant keep track of who is who; Moby Dick is on my shelf and I plan to read it……some time in the next 30 years 🙂

      Like you I wonder why people would lie – some of these are not hard books to read so why not either not lie about it, or just go read it!


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