Sometimes, we want to boast about all the books we’ve read. We start counting the titles and at one point someone asks us: ‘What about X book? Have you read it?’ The truthful answer is sometimes no. However, what we actually say is yes.
Many times we want to appear as if we have read everything there was to read. We seem better in the eyes of our acquaintances if we can say that we have read all the books they throw at us, even if our answer is in fact a lie. Discover below the top 4 books people lie about reading.
1. 1984 by George Orwell
The dystopian novel that describes a province that has omnipresent government surveillance and public mind control is most definitely a must-read classic. It is, also, one of the first dystopian novels. It stands to assume that most people would have read it at one point in their lives. However, several surveys have shown that George Orwell’s work is the first book in the top 4 books people lie about reading.
2. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace is another must-read classic. The novel talks about the French invasion of Russia and the impact this had on the Tsarist society. The action is seen through the eyes of five Russian aristocratic families. Moreover, it is considered the author’s finest literary achievement. Despite all that, War and Peace wins the second place in the top four books people lie about reading.
3. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R.Tolkien
The novel has recently celebrated its 60th anniversary. It is considered among the most famous modern fantasy novels of all times, having served as an example for many authors and books that succeed it. However, The Lord of the Rings is another book people lie about.
4. Pride and prejudice by Jane Austen
Because it has several movie adaptations, one more beautiful than the other, people assume they can say they have read Jane Austen’s famous novel when in fact they have only seen the movies. The story that depicts Elizabeth Bennet’s issues with manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage also made it on our list.
Thousands of people lie about the books they have read in order to prove something to those in their entourage. Are you one of them?
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