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Sep 15th, 2010 at 16:46 GMT
What about the Book of Eli?
Sep 15th, 2010 at 18:10 GMT
I find this really amusing that that many people lie about this stuff. Also funny because the only two books on this list I actually have read are the top 2.
Sep 15th, 2010 at 18:36 GMT
Could you include some alternate titles for Proust? I tried both the French title and "In Search of Lost Time," which is what Wikipedia calls it.
Sep 15th, 2010 at 18:37 GMT
Also, many parts of the Bible are written by self-identified people. Can you just use "various" or leave out the author field?
Sep 15th, 2010 at 18:40 GMT
Will do both of those, thanks.
Sep 15th, 2010 at 20:19 GMT
Rated this down when I guessed Harry Potter and that came up :(
Sep 15th, 2010 at 20:37 GMT
For what it's worth I've read the first 4 Harry Potter books and am not ashamed in the slightest. On the other hand I'm lying when I say I haven't read the last 3.
Sep 15th, 2010 at 21:54 GMT
You could also add with harry potter/twilight that "at least this quiz has nothing to do with them"
Sep 17th, 2010 at 13:12 GMT
I've read all of them!
Sep 17th, 2010 at 20:13 GMT
Beyond the top four, I doubt I would have guessed any of them, but it's still interesting to see what books people choose to pretend they've read. I like your little pop-up for Harry Potter too. I just finished off my BA in English Literature/Writing, and I have no shame in admitting that I've both read and enjoyed the Harry Potter series :)
Sep 17th, 2010 at 22:25 GMT
No one has ever read Ulysses. Even James Joyce made sure that he didn't know what was going on when he wrote it.
Sep 18th, 2010 at 02:09 GMT
"Classics are books which everyone praises but have never read." -Mark Twain
Sep 18th, 2010 at 15:54 GMT
kudos on the bonus
Sep 18th, 2010 at 22:26 GMT
I'd say Ulysses is at least slightly more acceptable than Finnegan's Wake...but I agree re: Joyce. Surprised people haven't read 1984, though - I thought it was forced on all of us in high school.
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Sep 19th, 2010 at 19:39 GMT
You mean the Obamacare bill isn't on the list? Oh, the list was from 2009.
Sep 20th, 2010 at 15:28 GMT
The bonus answer should
be Twilight instead of Harry Potter — at least in my experience, people are much more defensive about having read Twilight than HP, and with good reason! (Not that I've read either of them, of course…)
Sep 20th, 2010 at 21:30 GMT
This was a weird one for me. I got #s 2, 3 and 4 on the list immediately and then couldn't get a single other answer. Presentation-wise, I would put the authors in a 3rd column rather than as part of the answer.
Sep 21st, 2010 at 03:06 GMT
You know, technically, claiming you haven't read a book you have read is still lying ABOUT reading it.
Sep 22nd, 2010 at 01:49 GMT
I'm surprised "A Brief History of Time" made this list. It's quite possibly most overrated popular science book ever written. For one, it's a pretty easy read, but I'm sure most people don't have the time, patience, or interest. And as someone who has read it, it's really not that rewarding unless you like your popular science glib, sketchy, and condescending. If you wanted to impress someone tell them you read a textbook on general relativity or quantum field theory.
Sep 22nd, 2010 at 17:30 GMT
Hey, I read Ulysses...... in a semester-long college course dedicated entirely to reading it....
Sep 22nd, 2010 at 17:36 GMT
What the BBC did was list THOSE TEN books and then asked people to say which ones they had lied about reading. So it is pretty ridiculous to say that these are the top ten books that people have pretended to read when no others were even a candidate.
Sep 22nd, 2010 at 22:32 GMT
It wasn't the BBC, I've traced it to a site called spreadtheword which doesn't seem to exist now, but looking at the cache it seems they gave people the chance to nominate anything. They've done another one this year "Books to pass on to the next generation" which has odder results that really don't look like they were preselected. It's definitely interesting reading. They do one every year, so in case anyone was wondering - accountants read for fun more than any other profession, People think that Tony Blair needs to read "How to Make Friends and Influence People", Pride and Prejudice has the best happy ending and 17% of people who visit the World Book Day site don't like reading.
Sep 23rd, 2010 at 01:31 GMT
Yes, from the BBC link given as a source I should have quoted "Visitors to the World Book Day website were given a list of 10 books and asked which they had lied about reading." So BBC was just reporting and didn't actually do the poll. If these were the only ten in the poll I still don't see how these particular ten books must be the 10 most that people have pretended to read, even if anything could have been nominated.
Sep 26th, 2010 at 02:42 GMT
I'm just happy to say that I actually read Midnight's Children and In Remembrance of Things Past.
Sep 29th, 2010 at 04:58 GMT
I'm surprised that Marx and Engel's Communist Manifesto isn't on there. Apparently not enough pretentious college students responded to the survey.
May 23rd, 2011 at 05:40 GMT
I have read "War and Peace." It is long and extensive for sure. I was 13 when I read it and the fact that it was all in one volume made it really an arduous task; I, however, enjoyed it a lot. And LOL to Barack Obama's book.
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