Instead of actually reading the book, the majority polled say they rely on film and television adaptations, or summaries found online to fake their knowledge of the story. Almost half admit to displaying the books on their shelves without having read them.
The top ten books people say they have read, but haven’t included:
1984 – George Orwell
War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
The Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
A Passage to India – EM Forster
Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
Reading isn’t the only tactic people lie about to appear smarter. According to the poll, they also change their appearance, correct other people’s grammar, drop famous quotes into conversations, and claim a higher level of fluency in a foreign language.
Chances are these tactics aren’t exclusive to those in the United Kingdom. How many of the top ten classics have you read? Be honest…